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Ubisoft not expecting Assassin's Creed IV to outperform Assassin's Creed III

Ubisoft is not expecting this year's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag to perform better than last year's Assassin's Creed III. CEO Yves Guillemot said today during a investor conference call that the French publisher is not modeling year-over-year franchise sales to increase.

"To come back to Assassin's Creed IV, in our numbers we have…we expect less than last year," Guillemot said today in response to an analyst question.

Assassin's Creed III has shipped and digitally sold 12.5 million copies to date.

Though Ubisoft is not forecasting Black Flag to outsell Assassin's Creed III, Guillemot said the potential for the game is greater compared to last year. He said this is due to the game's pirate theme being more relatable than last year's American Revolutionary War setting.

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Eldyraen1141d ago

Not a big surprise and smart of them--they accepted that eventually it would have to plateau after yearly releases. Plus multiple other open world games are coming out (GTA, Watch Dogs, Infamous: SS, SR, etc and there is a good chance something else will end up announced at E3 by someone for next gen as well) which are likely to cut into their sales.

I'm still watching it though as I like the setting in particular and hope it brings something new to the table. I'm more interested in the next big 3 though (GTA, WD, Infamous and hopefully even something for next gen Xbox).

BALLARD321141d ago

That says a lot about their confidence in their own product.

LOGICWINS1141d ago (Edited 1141d ago )

They ARE confident in their product, but they aren't stupid either. When your launching a game around GTAV and the launch of not one, but TWO next-gen consoles, you need to accept that most consumers arent rich and that there are other compelling choices on the market.

Ubisoft knows that Watch Dogs will be their heavy hitter this year, not AC. They WANT Watch Dogs to do better than AC because they need a new yearly franchise to replace AC with.

Outside_ofthe_Box1141d ago

I'd like to think or hope rather that Watch Dogs doesn't turn into a yearly franchise or else this upcoming Watch Dogs game may very well be my first and last Watch Dogs game I buy in the series.

LOGICWINS1141d ago

Same here. I'm not buying Watch Dogs for the foreseeable future, at least until I get confirmation that it won't be a yearly release.

R_aVe_N1140d ago

"I'm not buying Watch Dogs for the foreseeable future, at least until I get confirmation that it won't be a yearly release."

That makes no sense at all... If the game is good who really gives a crap.

LOGICWINS1140d ago

I don't care how good the game is, I'm not supporting yearly franchises.

sardaukarghola661140d ago

"I don't care how good the game is, I'm not supporting yearly franchises."

I don't see the logic in this

Outside_ofthe_Box1140d ago

***"That makes no sense at all... If the game is good who really gives a crap."***

True, but I don't see how you can make a good game within a year only. Look at AC. The last couple of games have taken a hit in their quality. I definitely don't want Watch Dogs going this route.

solidjun51140d ago

it's not like you buy games anyway.

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Hicken1141d ago

It says they're realistic about their product.

And maybe they're starting to realize they don't need to release an iteration every year.

ironfist921141d ago

I'm hoping after AC4, they stop, and give the series a break until next gen.

Legion211140d ago

@ironfist92 do you realize next gen starts this fall basically. So it wouldn't be much of a break. But I do agree they need to take a break from AC for awhile.

Simon_Brezhnev1141d ago

Naw because people saw how much of a shit game AC3 and will not be fooled again. lol

BeZdaBest1141d ago

wow i dont no what to say...

its going to be on five console...
dont know about any side games for the psv/3ds

do they know that ass creed is a sinking ship an are riding it into the ocean... i hope not i wanted to play a pirate themed game for a while... this type of game should have probably been a new ip..

Jek_Porkins1141d ago

I would think the mediocre reception the game got led to this thought. Although, AC4 has a chance to sell even better because it's on so many consoles, PS3, PS4 , Xbox 360, Xbox Next, Wii U..... AC3 kind of ruined the franchise for me to be honest.

Monkeysmarts1141d ago (Edited 1141d ago )

12.5 million copies sold is not mediocre... at all. Opinions don't really matter in light of this fact.

There are many factors that work against AC4 selling 12.5 million copies. A ton of great games are coming out this holiday season, with the PS4 and (we assume) the new Xbox as well. There is only so much money to go around. So while AC4 may be a much better game than AC3, I can definitely see where they don't expect it to sell as well.

Jek_Porkins1141d ago

I said mediocre reception, not sales. The game they showed at E3 looked amazing and fun, the game I brought home and played was the complete opposite. The fact that the game was mediocre in my eyes makes me hesitate on buying the next game in the series.

Monkeysmarts1141d ago

Fair enough. I do agree it was the weakest in the series, but with the setting and lead character being totally different I can see AC4 being a lot better. Edward Kenway seems a lot more interesting than Connor was. Connor was dreadful.

musashiden1141d ago (Edited 1141d ago )

I hope AC4: Black Flag to outperform AC3, Ezio saga is the best until now...

shivvy241140d ago

yea but theres huge ips coming out at the same time like GTA, WatchDogs, Infamous and many more

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