Ubisoft report earnings, announce new games
With a few exceptions, the Clancy deal gives Ubisoft ownership of all Clancy-branded book, film, comic, merchandising, and “ancillary products.” Naturally, it also includes full ownership of all games bearing the Hunt for Red October author’s name–and Ubisoft praised the “strength” of Clancy franchises Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six as keys to its record year. Other franchises that Ubisoft singled out were Rayman, Settlers, and (again) Assassin’s Creed, which has sold over 6 million units on all platforms. Casual games were also big, with the Petz games topping 8 million units, and the Imagine line surpassing 4 million units sold.
Today’s report also revealed that Ubisoft has several all-new games up its sleeve. “Going forward, 2008-09 is set to be another record year for Ubisoft,” CEO Yves Guillemot said in a statement. “We now have 14 multimillion-unit-selling franchises and will be launching 5 new IPs during the period as well as new brands in the casual games segment.” (Emphasis added.)