Ubisoft's latest earnings call with investors has led to the confirmation of Far Cry 5, The Crew 2, a new Assassin's Creed, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole's release this fiscal year. Initially, the publisher and developer only confirmed new titles in the Far Cry and The Crew franchises, but both titles have since been announced separately. South Park has previously been fully announced, and while the new Assassin's Creed is still officially under wraps, previous financial calls have confirmed its release this year.
Today's revelations from the earnings call, as reported by Niko Partners' analyst Daniel Ahmad, confirm the previous news that Ubisoft would launch three more AAA titles on top of both For Honor and Ghost Recon: Wildlands this year. Those three AAA games are of course Far Cry 5, The Crew 2, and the new Assassin's Creed title. South Park: The Fracture But Whole, while it has plenty of potential, wouldn't be included in Ubisoft's use of AAA as it's not from the publisher's major franchises.
Regarding the as yet unannounced Assassin's Creed title, it should be clarified that Ubisoft isn't ignoring the game. Ubisoft has been active on social media encouraging Assassin's Creed fans follow various channels and stay tuned for news at E3. These social media posts feature the Assassin's Creed mark, altered likely to make it unique to the new game, as well as the text, "A New Era Begins." Ubisoft's E3 press conference will air on June 12 at 1:00pm PT.
Sharpen your blade. The Assassins will soon step out of the shadows... pic.twitter.com/nUrM4A57J0— Assassins Creed UK (@Assassins_UK) May 16, 2017
Other interesting details coming from Ubisoft include their excitement over the success of Ghost Recon: Wildlands and For Honor, which are currently the two top selling games in 2017. Interestingly, Ubisoft was willing to share that both titles were particularly strong in digital distribution, with about 40% of total sales being digital. Perhaps showing success via digital shows that players value Ubisoft's digital content? That info was of course followed with Ubisoft's discussing continued support for both games including new digital content.
And finally, Ubisoft did talk about the Nintendo Switch some. They're happy with the success they've already had on the Switch with Just Dance 2017, making them the third most successful publisher on the platform. They have several games planned for the console, including the previously announced Steep, Monopoly, and Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition. However, they also have at least one currently unannounced project. Perhaps that's the rumored Mario/Rabbids cross-over that many expected at the Switch's launch.
Altogether Ubisoft's had a record financial year and doesn't look to be slowing, with Far Cry 5, The Crew 2, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and a new Assassin's Creed to be released in the next financial year.
Source: Daniel Ahmad – Twitter