Ubisofts' financial call revealed that the company came in well ahead of their targets for fiscal 2017-18. Also, their FPS from 2015, Rainbow Six Siege, is on its way to hit 20 million registered users before the end of the month. Ghost Recon: Wildlands was named the industry's biggest hit since the beginning of the year.
Ubisoft's Q1 financial call went down last night and Yves Guillemot,
Co, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, had this to say: "Fueled by the digital segment which saw a sharp increase in player recurring investment as well as a strong showing from our back catalog, our sales for the first quarter of 2017-18 came in well ahead of our targets, up 45 percent, despite the fact that there were no major new releases during the period."
The highlight of the call was the fact that Rainbow Six Siege is well on its way to hit 20 million registered users before the month is out. In the immortal words of Ron Burgundy: "Heck, I’m not even mad, that’s amazing". For a game that didn't make much of a splash when it came out at the end of 2015, and has since only worked on expanding its audience, I'd say that's quite an achievement.
Peak user activity was in June, and there's nothing weird about a game having a good month, but the fact that the last DLC dropped in February gives you some perspective.
All around, Ubisoft is not doing bad: They claim that Ghost Recon: Wildlands is still their best selling game of the year when taking into account both digital and physical sales between January and June 2017 for consoles and PC. They also raked in around £178 million last quarter, which beat their own targets by tens of millions.
That means they had a year-on-year increase of 45% - despite no major releases and 2016 having the massively successful launch of The Division to compare to.
Yves Guillemot added: "Thanks to our increasing ability to engage players over the long term, combined with our unique creative strengths,we are even more confident of achieving our targets for 2017-18 and 2018-19. We expect both of these factors to continue being key drivers of value creation in the coming years."
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