Ubisoft has released its financial report for the previous fiscal year.
There was a 5% decrease in net booking compared to the fiscal year before the previous one, but an 11.1% increase in sales from their back catalogue sales. Net bookings for Assassin’s Creed nearly doubled, and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla attracted more players than when it was released. Far Cry had its best year ever for the franchise, and Rainbow Six had a good year financially due to the release of Rainbow Six: Extraction (the PvE co-operative spin-off). The publisher is trying to remain independent, so the Guillemot family has started buying shares.
By the end of March 2023, Ubisoft expects to release Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, and Skull & Bones. Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, expects free-to-play games to drive meaningful growth in monetisation, saying: “We are now entering a new multi-year phase of significant topline growth, spurred by the major progression of our investments over the past years. We have ambitious plans to grow our biggest franchises with four promising mobile games under development and expand our overall portfolio with new IPs and massive entertainment licensed brands. We are diversifying our operations through more business models and platforms, and we continue to grow our recurring profile. Consequently, we expect a significant progression of our operating income, starting in 2023-24.”
It’s easiest to break down what exactly Ubisoft is planning:
- Free-to-play games: The Division Heartland, XDefiant, Ghost Recon Frontline, Project Q
- Mobile games: The Division Mobile, Rainbow Six Mobile, Assassin’s Creed Mobile
- VR games: Assassin’s Creed VR, Splinter Cell VR
- The paid, “premium” titles: The Settlers, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake, Assassin’s Creed Infinity, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Roller Champions, the open-world Star Wars game, Splinter Cell Remake
- The rumoured games: Assassin’s Creed Rift, the sequel to Immortals: Fenyx Rising, a 2.5D Prince of Persia being developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, and The Crew 3.
- The games that could be released by April are The Settlers, Roller Champions, and Assassin’s Creed Rift.