Ubisoft has announced three games for the current financial year: Up to April 2018 sequels of the MMO racing game The Crew, the Fargo Fargo, and Assassin’s Creed will be released.
Concrete information does not tell the statement. According to rumors, Far Cry 5 is about to explore the region around Montana (North America) and potentially located in the Wild West, while Assassin’s Creed play in ancient Egypt.
There have been no rumors about The Crew 2. It takes little imagination, however, to expect a very similar Open Word racing game that depicts another corner of the world virtually. An official presentation of the games is only to be expected at the Ubisoft press conference on the E3 2017, which was announced for June 12th.
Also the cartoon roll game South Park: The Fractured but Whole gives a life sign of itself. The title is to appear after several shifts like last announced still in the current year.
Stability through live operations
Ubisoft is also planning to become more and more dependent on the dependency on individual large-scale publications. According to the four upcoming titles, the balance sheets should be less influenced by new games and more by regular purchases from the players. This business model was more predictable and profitable. It also had a great potential for value creation.
In the future, Ubisoft will therefore focus more on “player recurring investment”; Games are more about sales and service platforms. Such a trend can be seen, for example, in The Division, an MMO, but also in Rainbow Six: Siege and For Honor, which have an essential online component, are long-maintained and extensively monetarized with microtransactions. Thus, a permanent stream of revenues can be generated, since DLCs and shop offers are not subject to price declines unlike whole games.
Such “live operations”, in the course of which a title is constantly being updated, will also focus on an unannounced brand, which will appear for the period from 2018 onwards with a first game.