By Joseph Leray
In a conference call for Ubisoft investors this morning, CEO Yves Guillemot dropped some sales figures for “Assassin’s Creed III” and it’s Vita counterpart, “Assassin’s Creed: Liberation.” The blockbuster franchise shipped 12 million physical and digital units, smashing the company’s projections. “Liberation” was no slouch either — the Paris-based publisher shipped almost 600,000 copies the PlayStation Vita exclusive.
The strength of “Assassin’s Creed III” and “Far Cry 3” sales contributed to “a sharp ramp-up in games for core gamers and notably our strong comeback into the major segment of shooter games,” Guillemot explained. The company expects to continue growing its console and PC portfolio into next year as well, calling its upcoming lineup “an even stronger offer for core gamers.”
With that in mind, Ubisoft are already in the thick of things when it comes to planning for their next “Assassin’s Creed” game. “We are delighted and proud to announce today that in financial year ’14, we will introduce an all-new Assassin’s Creed hero, within an all new team and time period,” Guillemot said. Ubisoft’s fiscal year runs from April to March, meaning that “Assassin’s Creed IV” — the sixth game in the series — could release as late as next spring.
Guillemot also points out that the franchise benefits from Ubisoft’s expansive web of studios and teams, “each getting several years to make their versions of an ‘Assassin’s Creed’ game,” he says.
Given the mixed results of recent earnings reports — “Resident Evil 6” underperformed compared to Capcom’s expectations, and Square Enix is losing money on its console games — it’s kind of surprising to see “Assassin’s Creed III” do as well as its doing.
The Ubisoft boss promised that more details about the next “Assassin’s Creed” game would be made public “very soon.” In the meantime, “The Tyranny of King Washington” DLC will be available later this month.