Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has delivered a report 12 months for the franchise, Ubisoft revealed in its annual earnings report on Tuesday, with yearly income up 50 % in comparison with the earlier report set in 2012–13. That’s the 12 months when Assassin’s Creed III launched. Driven by Valhalla’s gross sales, Ubisoft made EUR 2.22 billion (about Rs. 19,798 crores) on this previous fiscal 12 months — April 2020 to March 2021 — which represents a 39.four % improve year-over-year. A 3rd of Ubisoft’s income got here from microtransactions (EUR 780 million, up 11 %), with the remainder break up between new titles (EUR 1.61 billion, up 27.6 %) and again catalogue (EUR 1.29 billion, up 15.5 %).
And because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ubisoft participant base additionally hit an all-time excessive at 141 million distinctive gamers. That final quantity — which solely covers PC and consoles — marked a 20 % enchancment over the earlier monetary 12 months. Where have been players spending their time? Ubisoft says The Division franchise reached a report 40 million gamers throughout 2020–21. It did not present numbers for the remainder, however claimed [PDF] “spectacular growth” for Just Dance, “double-digit growth” for Rainbow Six, and “robust growth” for Brawlhalla, Far Cry, For Honor, Rabbids, The Crew, and Watch Dogs. It additionally claimed that Immortals Fenyx Rising had emerged as a brand new “player favourite” title.
Naturally, Ubisoft is investing extra in these franchises. Brawlhalla, For Honor, and The Division 2 proceed to get new content material. For The Division, Ubisoft simply introduced a cellular recreation, and a free-to-play spin-off referred to as The Division: Heartland. There’s additionally a Netflix Division film within the works led by Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal, with Rawson Marshall Thurber set as director. Additionally, co-op PvE shooter Rainbow Six Quarantine, Giancarlo Esposito-led sequel Far Cry 6, and Immortals and Watch Dogs: Legion expansions are all due this 12 months. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is getting DLC later this week.
In 2021–22, a few new titles are additionally anticipated in Riders Republic and Roller Champions, with the latter representing Ubisoft’s shift away from high-quality AAA titles to ship extra free-to-play experiences that it hopes will assist it broaden its viewers base. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake can also be expected within the present fiscal 12 months, Ubisoft mentioned in its earnings name, which is able to additional assist its again catalogue choices. Ubisoft additionally famous its future growth plans, with franchises round Avatar and Star Wars, alongside a brand new sequence Skull & Bones (now delayed to 2022–23).
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