Assassin’s Creed 2 now officially confirmed
Ubisoft took the lid off today on what we had already told you, with the announcement that Assassin’s Creed 2 is now confirmed. They also announced that holiday sales were up 13 percent, but some holiday title releases did not meet the required quality levels.
The company was also pleased with what they called a “solid showing” from several titles, including Far Cry 2 which sold 2.9 million units worldwide and the latest Rayman installment with sales of 1.5 million units worldwide. The Prince of Persia installment has slower than expected sales, but nonetheless has still been able to rack up 2.2 million in sales worldwide.
Perhaps the most surprising announcement was the fact that the much complained about Shaun White Snowboarding title was the number two sports game this quarter and has been able to tally up 2.3 million in sales worldwide since release. While the company did not say on which platform the title was most successful, it is thought that the majority of the sales for this title have been for the Wii, rather than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The company did not confirm that a Shaun White Snowboarding sequel was, in fact, in development as White himself suggested recently.
Ubisoft will be banking on Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. as a winner this quarter, as this will be the company’s only release during this period. The company announced that I Am Alive will need additional development time and the title is being delayed until some time after April 2009.
As for the future, beyond Assassin’s Creed 2 gamers can look forward to new releases for both the Splinter Cell: Conviction and new addition to the Ghost Recon franchise as well James Cameron’s Avatar and the strategy game called Anno. A new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is in the works as well as a new sequel to Arthur and the Invisibles.
Ubisoft also reaffirmed their commitment to the Wii with the accidental announcement that they are working on a sequel to the popular Red Steel FPS title on the Wii. While the company did not provide more details, they did indicate that they have a lot of titles coming out for the Wii.
One surprising comment from Ubisoft is that they will be focusing more on a product portfolio that contains more blockbuster titles and less casual titles for 2009.