2014 was a year packed to the gills with big releases for Ubisoft, and it started early with Watch Dogs hitting in the first half of the year to the tune of 4 million copies sold.
This year, though, things were a bit quieter, and it shows in the French game publisher’s earnings report.
The first half of Ubisoft’s financial year ended on September 30, and sales for that period dropped by 57 percent – about $71 million.
Despite this, the company seems happy with the results. It didn’t have a big release for the first half, but performance was good despite that. The company’s back catalog performed 53 percent better, and digital sales grew to account for almost half of the company’s total sales, up from about 27 percent in the same period last year.
“The quality of our back-catalog and the growing digitization of our business enabled us to deliver a solid performance in the first half of the year even though – as planned – we did not release any major titles during the period,” said CEO Yves Guillemot. He said that 80 percent of the company’s earnings for 2016 are expected to come in the second half of the year thanks to a list of historically well-performing games and ones with big expectations behind them hitting shelves up through the end of March.
Just Dance 2015, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Rainbow Six Siege, Far Cry Primal and The Divison are all set to release in this time period. All of these are either historically strong performers or hotly anticipated and long awaited titles.
The first two are already on shelves. Rainbow Six releases December 1, Far Cry Primal on February 23, and The Division on March 8, each across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.