Ubisoft: PS4, Xbox One represent "new driving force" for the industry

CEO Yves Guillemot says impending launch of new consoles will spur the industry forward; company posts €62.3 million loss for six-month period.

Ubisoft is bullish on the prospects for the next-generation of consoles. The impending launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will represent a "new driving force" for the industry, CEO Yves Guillemot said today as part of the company's latest earnings report for the six months ended September 30.

"The PS4 and Xbox One will be released in a few days' time and will be a new driving force for the industry," he said. "We are confident in our capacity to rise to the short-term challenges posed by the transition phase, thanks to the very high quality of our games, which, combined with the upcoming arrival of the next-generation consoles and the traditional ramp-up of sales during the Christmas season will trigger positive momentum towards the end of the year."

Guillemot said he sees open-world games becoming more and more popular with gamers as the next-generation of consoles arrives, saying gamers now demand such immersive experiences. "This deep-seated market trend--which Ubisoft has fully embraced--is going to move up another gear when the next-generation consoles arrive."

Upcoming Ubisoft open-world games include Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (for next-generation consoles), Far Cry 4, and The Crew, among others.

Overall, Ubisoft reported revenue of €293 million ($394 million) for the six-month period, up 5 percent compared to last year. The company's sales performances was led by "robust" back-catalog sales, which rose 16 percent year-over-year to €113 million($152 million), thanks to Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed III. Ubisoft also benefited from a surge in its digital business, which saw sales climb 29 percent to €71 million ($95 million), driven by sales of downloadable content.

Ubisoft sales were up, but profit was down. The company posted a loss of €62.3 million ($83.71 million), significantly worse than the loss of €32.3 million ($43.4 million) the company took last year.

"This year, Ubisoft has constantly stood out for the very high quality of its creations," Guillemot said. "This will be a determining factor for ensuring our future success and enhancing our financial performance. In 2014-15, we intend to step up the level even further by launching a number of particularly ambitious titles under both new brands and established franchises, starting as of the first quarter of the fiscal year, with the release of Watch Dogs."

Ubisoft is currently holding a conference call discuss the results and answering analyst questions. Check back later for more.

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49 comments
jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Both ps 4 and xbox one will sell big. but the fact the ps 4 is selling is proof its no longer about games like it should be as the ps 4 has nothing that is not on other formats and please don't give me killzone they have always been awful

Hurvl
Hurvl

I'm looking forward to Watchdogs and South Park: The Stick of Truth. I've never been very interested in Ubisoft's games, but this time, they have two games that both seem very promising. 

I don't know about their whole "everyone wants open-world games" because, well, not everyone does want open-world games. Just because Bethesda and Rockstar, among others, are good at making them doesn't mean you should be making them. It's not wise to let trends dictate too much, because trends pass and open-world games can be hard to get right. I'd like a contained, but well-executed world over a open-world game that seems dead and full of filler content.

xcollector
xcollector

"PS4, Xbox One represent new driving force for the industry"

That's wall all publishers are hoping after they ruined the industry with a million sequels.

devilzzzwin
devilzzzwin

He sees open world games becoming more and more popular?  Uh only the good ones sell but for every good one there are 100 turds. Guillemot I think you will be wrong although I want you to be right.

 In regards to next gen consoles helping the industry I think consumers are going to find out that both consoles will offer just more of the same and honestly the graphics I have seen thus far from these consoles are ugly and with that said I think there will only be disappointed people out there. 

 Many in the industry said gaming was headed down a dark road not that long ago and I think it is just fake optimism that they have right now with the new consoles cuz they hope the industry can be saved cuz that is what pays for all their nice toys at home and puts food on their table.  

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

Possibly, at least with PS4, but it's a shame you're not going to be a part of that Ubisoft, since you are part of what's holding the industry back.

Nice verbal diarrhea though.

Another Captain Clickbait Special.

x1xclutchx8x
x1xclutchx8x

With their upcoming lineup I'd say ubisoft is the company to watch. No game at any of the conferences looked more promising than the division. As far as i know nobody else has tired to make an open world rpg shooter. Could be a game changer.

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

No way, I seriously thought a 20 year old console like the SNES and NOT the latest generation of consoles to be the market leader next year. Whart a fucking stupid article.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Sorry... with all the back and forth pissing a moaning with Sony and Microsoft, I actually think this upcoming generation is going to be the beginning of the end for consoles.  Everyone will move on to HTPCs, Android, and Steam OS devices.

Console gaming used to be fun.  Buy a game; PLAY A GAME.  Now with all the installs, drm, features being removed, etc... why not just build a pc?  Despite popular belief, it's easy, can be rather cheap (BUY USED and open box!), and the price of games makes up for the hardware cost and then some.  Also, non pc gamers seem to think we "hunch over a keyboard"  Not true.  You can use a gamepad for pretty much anything.

I'm not an elitist, I have over 10 consoles, but to me, the new ones suck.  Watching press conferences on these consoles is like watching political smear ads in an election year.

rockusa662
rockusa662

tnx Ubisoft next-generation of consoles Watch Dogs best game to ps4 and pc

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Poor WiiU always being looked down on like that special kid that sat in the back of the classroom nobody ever dared to look at...

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Hey Ubisoft, you might want to focus less on "monetizing" games and focus more on making good games. If you make a good game the money will flow. The bigger developers get the more they forget that.  and stay away from the stupid "Free to play" games that try to nickel and dime people. I expect that to be a craze that only comes and goes.  

bouchart
bouchart

I could've sworn the Outa was going to be the new driving force.  Silly me.

As for the next console generation I don't care one bit.  Retro games all the way.

cboye18
cboye18

"very high quality of our games,.." Your games have been average to good at best (with the exception of Rayman)

Watchdogs, The Division and The Crew seems good enough.

Far Cry is good but it gets boring after first playthrough.

the new Splinter Cell didn't feel like Splinter Cell I'm used to but it was an ok game to its own right.

AC has good exploration but combat is half-broken and repetitive.    

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I think Ubisoft are doing pretty well. With the Division, the Crew and Watchdogs all being games I'm interested in. I also enjoyed Far Cry 3 a lot so I have high hopes for Far Cry 4 so long as they don't pull an Assassins Creed and start barely changing a thing.

wizardboyus
wizardboyus

i really hope ubisoft doesn't implode from all the extremely expensive dev costs, if they do it would be a big signifier to devs and publishers of when to stop making triple A games...

ajaychitown
ajaychitown

Ubisoft actually has a strong lineup. I'm currently waiting for Assasins creed 4 to launch on PC on the 19th. Far Cry 3 was one of my favorite games of the current generation so i'm stoked for Far cry 4, and Watch Dogs and The Division are both on my radar. I didn't realizie it until now but I'm a Ubisoft fan.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Who cares about Ubisoft??? Just horrible games, The Division it's the worst of all.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Yeah yeah, whatever you say. Now go release Watch Dogs, ok?

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Momentum is good. Hopefully we can see some new, innovating games for both consoles. 

thomasn7
thomasn7

They forgot to mention Tom Clancy's The Division.

Riddick123
Riddick123

The impending launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will represent a "new driving force" for the industry,


Thank you professor.  Can I apply for your job as well?

hystavito
hystavito

@devilzzzwin I am looking forward to open world games with all that extra RAM, and the PC versions of such games should be vastly improved as well.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@TheWatcher000 

There's a whole lot of verbal diarrhea in your post. In fact, that's pretty much all it is.

bouff
bouff

@x1xclutchx8x for me it was The Division and The Crew, equally as interesting. can't wait to hear/read/see more of these games.

Pondelicious
Pondelicious

@DarkSaber2k I imagine he is comparing it to PC and smart phone/tablet games. Not the last generation

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@DrKill09 Only an idiot buys used PC parts.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@A8ADD0N @TheWatcher000 I'm sorry, did you say something?  It's hard to understand you when you are all muffled like that, due to your head being in your ass.

Poor thing, you've probably lived your whole life thinking shit tastes like chocolate.

I'll bet you would make a great contortionist though.

Run along now, cupcake.

And work on your delivery.  I'm just not impressed.  :)

NeoBillbine
NeoBillbine

@DarkSaber2k Yep, with a bit of smart shopping you can find exceptional deals on pc components.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@ajaychitown @DamnILoveGames I'm too unsure to give it a shot. There were all the continuations of AC 2, then AC 3 which was alright, fresh enough to keep me entertained, but AC 4 doesn't look different enough to me in terms of the gameplay. It might be, but because it doesn't look it I don't want to jump into making a purchase I feel unsure about.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@TheWatcher000 @A8ADD0N I think he'd need a lot of practice to become a great contortionist, since wiktionary states that such a person is "an acrobat who is capable of twisting his or her body into unusual positions".


Pondelicious
Pondelicious

@DamnILoveGames Assassins Creed IV is like a blend between AC2 and AC3. The cities like Havana feel more like they did in 2 but you have the (much improved) ship battles from AC3. I am enjoying the game so far but admittedly it hasn't gob smacked me like Assassins Creed 2