It’s been a bittersweet day for Ubisoft fans. On one hand, the developer revealed that the highly anticipated game, Tom Clancy’s The Division, has once again been delayed, this time to early 2016.
However, that disappointing news was contrasted with the announcement of another new triple-A title coming from the developer. Although Ubisoft didn’t provide any information about what the game will be, it’s still an exciting prospect from the company.
The revelation was made during today’s earnings report, during which the developer shared that the current fiscal year will have a strong showing. Here’s the statement from Ubisoft:
“The upcoming releases [include] the latest opuses of the Assassin’s Creed and Just Dance franchises as well as Tom Clancy’s The Division, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and another triple-A title that has not yet been announced.”
With no other information shared about the new game, we can only speculate as to the identity of the property. One potential candidate is the sequel to last year’s successful open-world action-adventure game Watch Dogs. However, we expect Ubisoft to make a huge marketing push for Watch Dogs 2, and a short six-month timeline probably wouldn’t cut it. Plus, the game is said to be launching next summer, and it’s unlikely the developer will release the game any sooner.
Another reason to rule out Watch Dogs 2 comes by way of Ubisoft’s CEO, Yves Guillemot, who confirmed the new triple-A title will not be shown at this year’s E3. We would expect a title as big as Watch Dogs 2 to be spotlighted at the upcoming conference. Instead, Guillemot said the reveal would happen sometime this fall, so it’s likely the new game is a smaller title, possibly a new up-and-coming property for the developer.
For now, we expect the gaming giant to continue focusing on the company’s releases coming later this year. Ubisoft will be hard pressed to achieve the kind of financial success during this fiscal year as they did last year with two Assassin’s Creed games, Watch Dogs, The Crew, and Far Cry 4. In fact, the developer disclosed during today’s call that they believe overall revenue for this fiscal year will be ” lower than in 2014-15.”
However, we won’t rule out a massively successful year just yet. While it sounds like Ubisoft is being cautious with their predictions, especially after the issues they experienced with the Assassin’s Creed Unity launch, we find it hard to believe Rainbow Six Siege and Assassins Creed Syndicate won’t be huge contenders for top sales this year. Plus, this new triple-A title that could turn out to be a powerhouse game that launches another new franchise for the company and pulls massive revenue. Time will tell.
What do you think Ubisoft’s new game will be? Could it be Watch Dogs 2, a sequel to another game, or an entirely new property? Let us know what you think in the comments.