Over the past few hours a number of companies have released financial reports which reveal information about forthcoming games, so it’s time for a one off, totally exciting mini Finacial Snatch! Woo!
We know there will be no Assassin’s Creed this year and now it has been revealed that Watch Dogs 2 – or whatever it will be called – will be out before March 31st 2017, making Aiden Pearce the ideal candidate to fill an Assassin’s hole. Fnar fnar.
Ubisoft will launch a very high-quality line-up, including For Honor®, South Park™ the Fractured but Whole™, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® WildLands, the next instalment of Watchdogs®, and a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate suffered “a slower launch than expected for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, in an exceptionally fierce competitive environment.”
Ubisoft also have a brand new AAA game in the works, which will launch sometime before the end of the fiscal year (March 2017 to you and me.)
Disney posted some good results with revenue from Star Wars Battlefront, which was licensed to EA, bringing in the cash. The bad news is that Disney Infinity 3.0 seems to have hit a bit of a slump with the company blaming “higher inventory reserves and lower unit sales volume.”
Disney have always been wary about in-house games but whilst Infinity is having a bit of a rough time it still brings in a lot of cash, so we can probably expect 4.0 at some point.
And Finally, as it slips in to it’s thirteenth year Call of Duty is still the biggest thing ever and had a record monthly active user base in November and December 2015. Call of Duty: Black Ops III was the biggest selling game of 2015 and is still sitting pretty atop the UK charts. The Season Pass has the highest attach rate of any CoD game, evs, and the series has now sold over 250 million units. That’s a lot of shooting people in the face.
The further news, that will surprise no one at all, is that there will be another game in the series this year with Infinity Ward at the helm.
Skylanders didn’t do as well Activision hoped, echoing the problems of Disney Infinity. “We believe largely due to greater competition in the toys to life genre and due to the casual audience’s shift to mobile devices,” said Activision.
Guitar Hero didn’t shift the numbers expected either but Destiny is still doing well.