Assassin's Creed - good for Ubisoft.
The sales were split fairly evenly with €578 million in revenue generated from core games such as the Assassin’s Creed franchise and €483 million in revenue from casual games including Just Dance.
Now pay attention, this is the science bit: for 2012-13 Ubisoft are pinning their hopes on “the ongoing strong growth in the Free-to-Play market for PCs, smartphones and tablets” but they continue,
“From a longer-term perspective, Ubisoft is positioning itself to capitalize on the forthcoming arrival of the next generation of consoles which will be increasingly connected and will strongly boost the market thanks to a new qualitative leap and the integration of social games benefits and the item based model.”
That means ‘next gen’ will not arrive until after March 2013 as Ubisoft have not included them in the current financial year – but the consoles are ‘forthcoming’. The statement does raise the question of how can our consoles become anymore ‘connected’ than being online?
It does sound like next gen will be impressive as Ubisoft think the games market will receive a huge boost due to a ‘qualitative leap’. Exciting times but I think we can pretty much rule out any chance of the PS4 and Xbox Infinity/8/Next/720/Whatevers until Christmas 2013.