Bad news for Ubisoft is good news for gamers as the public have started voting with their wallets at last. First week sales of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate were down compared to last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, but second week sales were better.
CFO Alain Martinez spoke during an earnings call and attributed this to “what had happened with Assassin’s Creed Unity.” In other words, the public have had enough of half finished games being released and waited to see if Syndicate was a bug filled mess.
Ubisoft posted operating losses of €107.8 million ($117 million) and €65.7 ($73 million) in net losses as they had delayed some games, and had few releases in the first part of the year. However, their back catalogue sales jumped by over 50%, so all those cut price copies of Black Flag are still doing good business for the company.
Interestingly, the report describes Watch Dogs as “a major franchise”, so it looks like Watch Dogs 2 will grace consoles eventually.