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Ubisoft CEO says that Tom Clancy games changed the company

Published: 09:21, 11 April 2019
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Speaking in a recent interview, Ubisoft's CEO Yves Guillemot said that the games bearing the name of Tom Clancy have been extremely important to the company and that they invariably changed their business, for the better of course.

Speaking of Tom Clancy, perhaps a brief history lesson is in order. After having a few games based on his books, Clancy co-founded the studio Red Storm Entertainment in 1996, coming out with Rainbow Six.

Ubisoft came knocking already in 2000, and Guillemot says that the differences in profitability meant Ubi can easily outbid competitors and snatch the studio along with all its IPs for themselves. 

The company eventually saw the potential of Rainbow Six and the brand in general, and it's hard to argue with their insticts now that Rainbow Six alone spans 17 titles.

Back in 2008, the company outright bought the name Tom Clancy and while the original author has since passed away, his legacy in gaming remains as part of Ubisoft's expanding franchise.

Still, Guillemot recalls Splinter Cell as the one that started it all. "You know, we went for the Xbox, and it was a complex and dangerous bet. Coming on that machine and not PlayStation was a bit risky."

Thankfully, Splinter Cell did great on Xbox and in Guillemot's words probably covered 50 per cent of the console's install base, which led to their Chinese studio porting it to Sony's platform, and the rest is history.

Note that Guillemot said that they're not launching a new Splinter Cell until they've got something sufficiently different. He also mentioned that they were somewhat restricted in that in regards to fans, who seem pretty passionate about keeping the game close to the tried and true formula.

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Ubisoft have kept expanding the franchise, delivering a new Tom Clancy based IP in The Division, which has been the best selling game and the best new IP launch when it was released back in 2016. 

You can find a video of Guillemot's interview with IGN here .

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 to be released in spring of 2019

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Ubisoft have revealed The Division 2 gameplay along with the most important info which fans were hoping was and that is the release date for Tom Clancy's The Division 2. Ubisoft revealed that sequel is going to launch 15 March 2019.

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