Ubisoft Talks Watch Dogs 2 Preorders, Teases Next Assassin's Creed

The next Assassin's Creed is "looking good."

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During an earnings call today, Ubisoft management discussed Watch Dogs 2's preorders and teased the next Assassin's Creed game.

On the subject of Watch Dogs 2's preorders, CEO Yves Guillemot said they are lower than the company wanted."The preorders are not as high as we thought they could be but we feel like the experience is a fantastic experience so we feel it can do extremely well," he said.

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Watch Dogs 2 comes out on November 15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, before arriving for PC on November 29.

CFO Alain Martinez added that preorders are not always indicative of game sales. Later in the call, he talked about Ubisoft's efforts to support games with new content updates that address fan feedback can help a game succeed long after its release. He remarked that Rainbow Six Siege's launch sales were "OK," but the fan reaction to the game improved in response to its subsequent updates. Additionally, The Division's high-profile 1.4 update has had a positive impact on the game, management said.

"What we are trying to say are preorders are indeed very important, quality is very important, but also the attention that you put on the game over the long term is also very very key," Martinez explained. "This is why we're doing exactly that on The Division. We believe that for the good of the brand, the fact that we are proving to our customers that we continue improving and listening to them to come with a perfect experience, is what will be the most valuable for the success of that game, and its future expansion, and also for the future of the next game."

Also during the call, an analyst asked if Ubisoft could provide an update on the next Assassin's Creed game. Guillemot said, "We can't say much about that yet--we are working hard on this game and it will be launched when ready." Martinez then chimed in, "It's a great game. I've seen it. It's looking good."

Breaking with tradition, Ubisoft will not release a new mainline Assassin's Creed game in 2016, though The Ezio Trilogy comes out later this month. The next core Assassin's Creed game is rumored to be set in Egypt and launch in 2017. However, Ubisoft has said it won't put the game out until it's ready.

Ubisoft editorial VP Tommy Francois said this year that both Assassin's Creed and Far Cry games are in development and aren't committed to releasing in 2017.

"We believe Alpha for these games needs to be one year before release," he explained. "We're trying to achieve that. That's super f***ing blunt, I don't even know if I'm allowed to say this. This is the goal we're going for: Alpha one year before, more quality, more polish. So if this means biting the [bullet] and not having an Assassin's game or a Far Cry [in 2017], f*** it."

For more on Ubisoft's earnings report today, check out our story on their business outlook: How's Ubisoft Doing? Here Are the Key Takeaways From Latest Earnings Report.

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SharkBite34

Bad launch time. Who pre orders in October or November when most games will be on sale Black Friday.

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Savior4Life

Imagine that.... I wonder why?

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Kusann

The first game was not "bad" but it was VERY mediocre, and the beginning of Ubisoft making some sort of false advertisement by showing something on E3 and trailers and releasing something completely different. It's not surprising that pre-orders are low, I'm even more surprised about the fact that somebody actually pre-ordered an Ubisoft game.

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Jizam_Kizam

Not surprised by the low preorder numbers. I actually liked the first, but can't blame people after how it was marketed.

Also with the cost of season passes going up and the amount of bugs in games at launch,I think most people are starting to just wait for the inevitable complete editions

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CagedOkami

you cant be surprised by this for the clossal fuckk that was watch dogs. never forget

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twerkloak

i dont want another AC title until they can figure out how to make their games special again.. ubisoft you were once good but not so much these days as you wanna follow in the footsteps of publishers like Activision or EA and produce annual garbage.. just give it a rest , re-invent the series make us care again.. instead of producing the same godamn game every year with a different Era in time but all the Same exact gameplay mechanics and nothing to merit a sequel besides Your greedy want for more cash to fluff your pockets with.

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ahmad996

@twerkloak: EA did improve it's credibility this year by providing to quality shooters but I do agree with your point. I'm sure Ubisoft has the potential to "Make Assassin's Creed Great Again".

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Who in their right mind preorders an Ubisoft game.

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LiveDreamPlay

Don't get why you would ever pre-order something from Ubisoft, but whatever, the first game was ok, unless they didn't screw this one up badly I'm gonna get it too.

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fotis52

You've brought that on yourselves Ubisoft... People no longer trust you...

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PsychicKiller82

@fotis52: Exactly why I didn't preorder the second game because the false promises of the first one. Ubisoft absolutely did this to themselves

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DaVillain-

Really nice to see gamers are waking up to NOT pre-ordering until the reviews went live and see if the game is worth buying. Sorry Ubisoft but in this day and age, pre-ordering games now is becoming a scam and most gamers got burned from pre-ordering the last Watch Dogs anyway so they ain't gonna make the same mistake this time. Me however, I'm still buying the game if the reviews are good and no, I didn't pre-order Watch Dogs 2 despite I love the first game.

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ConsoleHaven

@davillain-: Yep. I never got behind the preorder craze. I can understand the mechanics and economics behind it, and would even argue publishers don't have the intention to falsely advertise to consumers. It's just ludicrous to market a product you don't know 100% will be exactly like the trailer at launch.

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jigar7

Pre-ordering is stupid! Unless its a developer like CDProjekt, Rockstar, Paradox, Naughty Dog etc.

Ubisoft & EA were good developers at some point of time... long LONG ago... not anymore. Far Cry Primal was a failure, so was Unity, The Division. Mirror's Edge Catalyst was a failure as well. Syndicate did marginally well. The last good game was Black Flag for me. For Honor looks like crap! Watch Dogs 1 was okayish, too many bugs on the PC version at launch, I'm assuming that this time nothing is going to change. Releasing optimized games on PC even after a delay is quite a turn off... more like a slap on the face. Batman Arkham Knight (cough).... Quantum Break (cough). I would prefer that the game is delayed considerable, not pushing the employees to deliver before time which is the case since a very long time in the Gaming as well as the VFX industry. It's going to collapse some day.

With Bethesda changing the policy of review copies, that dev too has been added to my 'no-pre-order' list. How can reviewers possibly review a game in 24 hours! That is total BS. The age when demos were released are gone, but I was hoping that the reviewers at least get the game 5-7 days in advance before it releases. What is Bethesda scared of? I pretty much loved almost all their games. That was a step backwards.

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dex1911

ubisoft not doing proper debugging and testing seems to line up with a reviewtechusa video where a ex-ubisoft worker said they don't do proper testing https://youtu.be/jrlAQ-AWnQ0

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Conqueror994

how sad they cant have a assassins creed or farcry in 2017, what we gonna do? lmao

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Thanatos2k

Keep it up. Stop preordering games.

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dex1911

@Thanatos2k: i know im going to buy watch dogs 2 but im not going to per order because **** Yves Guillemot that guy almost ruined ubisoft

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jinzo9988

Still too many pre-orders until it's 0... I mean based on principle alone, but most especially after having lied to customers so badly with the first game. Granted a lot of that goes on the customers for expecting this ridiculous nonsense of Watch Dogs being the first true "next gen" experience of the new generation when there's no such thing as next gen anymore. They set themselves up for disappointment for expecting something so stupid, but Ubisoft were wrong to fan those flames.

Besides that though, how many times can you play the same damn game? Big open world, missions, cars, guns... yawn. Been there, done that... and that's really sad to say because that stuff on paper should sound interesting. I'd be slightly interested if they did more with the hacking this time around as that's one of the only things that would set this apart from every other cookie-cutter open city drive and shoot romp. I think I'm experiencing genre fatigue with these kinds of games, but I'd still appreciate a unique take on it. I have a feeling the suits and ties don't feel that straying too far from the copy/pasted formula of a fifteen year old Grand Theft Auto 3 is a good idea however.

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asmoddeuss

Ubisoft losing pre-orders... YES!. I hope they learn to do a better job for the PC ports. PC gamers never forget Ubisoft, never.

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KahnArtizt

@CallMeDuraSouka: the new main seems a lot better than Aiden. And I didn't mind the main from FC3. He's only bad if being a "bro" automatically makes you a douche... which it doesn't.

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RoadBlockDriver

Ubisoft needs to change their formula.

Make a new engine, maybe stop making open world games that get dull after 10 minutes of gameplay, and try a new IP...

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dex1911

@RoadBlockDriver: stop calling games ip's you idiot you don't call a new song or movie a new ip so dont call games it makes u sound like a follower.just because game devs call them ip doesn't mean u should

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asmoddeuss

@RoadBlockDriver: Problem is not formula, it is that they thought people will be like lemmings following them and playing their 3 IPs that follows the same "TEMPLATE" and same "COPY PASTE". Doing an open world game is not a problem if it is done well, for example Witcher 3. Witcher 3 > all Farcry games (excluding the first one) and all Assassins Creeds games (excluding the first two).

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dex1911

@asmoddeuss: the problem is Yves Guillemot he calls the shots i wish that hostel take over would have happened

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KahnArtizt

@asmoddeuss: how can you even compare the witcher to far cry and assassins creed? Tetris > Super Mario

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asmoddeuss

@KahnArtizt: Easy, they are open world games. Now Tetris against Mario, that is not the same.

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KahnArtizt

@asmoddeuss: open world isn't a genre. The Witness and Burnout Paradise are both open world.

While we're on the topic, The Witness > Burnout Paradise.

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catsimboy

My theory for this:

Several high profile disappointments like No Man's Sky and Mafia 3

Lots of competition from Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Dishonored 2

Ubisoft's dubious track record

Watch Dog's 1 being a disappointment

All of these are a perfect storm for "Why should I put money down on a game that might be crap especially when there are so many other games I need to get this month?"

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Splinterscott

@catsimboy: I don't know if I agree fully, because I don't think that Watchdogs necessarily competes straight up with those titles. It definitely may suffer from poor sales as many gamers have spent all their disposable income already, but first person shooters and third person open world games appeal to a wide range of gamers. Watchdogs 1 definitely launched at the right time. The PS4 didn't have much that March and it sold well despite the many flaws. I was a bit ambivalent about the sequel even though I like the setting, but the early word looks good. There are a lot of Ubisoft haters, but I'm not one of them. I may just preorder it in spite of the haters. Ubisoft could use our support to fight off vivendi.

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MetrosexualVaan

Hopefully this is the beginning of the downfall of preorders.

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bbq_R0ADK1LL

I think everybody is a little distrustful after the first game. I really enjoyed Watch Dogs despite its faults but pre-ordering is a dangerous game these days. PR companies are getting pretty good at making OK games look great.

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bbq_R0ADK1LL

@CallMeDuraSouka: You can never have too much bass.

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R4gn4r0k

Preorders are super important so we cut out stuff from the game to sell as preorder and let people preorder a game as fast as possible.

Unless preorder numbers are low, in which case preorders are not important :)

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