Apparently Ubisoft revealed even more in yesterday’s conference call than originally believed. It has come to light that the company is projecting sales of 10 million copies for its latest Assassin’s Creed installment, Black Flag. With these numbers, the company is actually forecasting a decrease for the Assassin’s Creed series, as Assassin’s Creed 3 raked in a total of 12.5 million copies sold in its first six months. Yesterday, Ubisoft also announced that Rayman Legends and Splinter Cell: Blacklist did not perform in accordance with expectations, so perhaps the latest Assassin’s Creed projections are taking into account Ubisoft’s ailing overall sales figures. Here is a quote from CEO Yves Guillemot about the newest Assassin’s Creed game:
“We expect Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag to be a highly-rated game. Previews have been very positive and the title will again be among the highest performers of the year. We are very confident with the performance of Assassin’s Creed 4 and the numbers we have in our model, it is going to be key for the launch of the new consoles this Christmas.”
Ubisoft’s Quebec studio, which focuses on mobile and online development, but has also worked on the Assassin’s Creed series, expects to gain 500 jobs over the next seven years, following a $373 million investment by the company in its Quebec branch. Ubisoft will further invest in motion capture technology, and plans to employ 3500 people by 2020. Even the Quebec government is stepping in with financial and legislative assistance. Ubisoft co-founder Yves Guillemot asserted that his company’s expansion is integral to its close relationship with gaming consumers:
“The imminent arrival of the next generation of consoles, the expansion of mobile platforms, the multiplication of connected, immersive, and social environments, and the strategic importance of the relationship between developers and players are profoundly transforming the video game industry,” said Guillemot.
Actor Matt Ryan introduces you to some of the main characters you will meet in the game. Learn more about their past and their ambitions and get ready to plunge into the world of Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag. The latest instalment in the Assassin’s Creed franchise launches on October 29th in the United States and on November 1st in Europe.
Assassin’s Creed 4 game Director Ashraf Ismail takes us deeper into the world of Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag with this new commented gameplay video. Immerse yourself in the Caribbean World with Edward Kenway as he engages and weakens a Fort with the Jackdaw, and seamlessly launch into a ground assault, aiming for the Commander of the Fort. Assassin’s Creed 4 is due for release on October 29th in North America.
Check out the new Gamescom Stealth Trailer for Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag, releasing October 29th on Wii U. The latest trailer see’s you follow Captain Edward Kenway as he silently stalks his enemies across cities, rooftops, and jungles. Stealth is back with a renewed focus in Assassin’s Creed 4 featuring all-new gameplay mechanics, features and weapons such as the Blowpipe.
In addition to the expanded naval game and open world, Ubisoft Singapore has added a brand new gameplay area to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag underwater areas. Tara from Revision 3 spoke with the gameplay designer to figure out what’s under the water, and how many new animals we have to fear.
Assassin’s Creed 4 game director Ashraf Ismail has explained that the development team behind the game has ideas in place for the series eventual ending. However, Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot wants the game to be a yearly series, so there’s no chance of seeing an ending anytime soon. That’s unless fans decide they have had enough of the popular franchise and sales inevitably decline. Here’s what Ismail had to say.
“We have multiple development teams, then we have the brand team that sits on top and is filled with writers and designers concerned with the series’ overall arc. So there is an overall arc, and each iteration has its place inside this.”
“We have an idea of where the end is, what the end is. But of course Yves [Guillemot, Ubisoft's overall boss] announced we are a yearly title, we ship one game a year. So depending on the setting, depending on what fans want, we’ve given ourselves room to fit more in this arc. But there is an end.”
Ubisoft is confident that its highly anticipated multi-format title Watch Dogs could sell as well, or even better, than the company’s acclaimed Assassin’s Creed. The original Assassin’s Creed game, which was released in 2007, has reportedly sold over eight million copies and counting. Ubisoft clearly has big ambitions for Watch Dogs, and rightfully so.
“Watch_Dogs can do probably as well or probably even better than AC1, in the target we’ve given we’ve taken quantity that are below AC1. So that’s the point”
Ubisoft Montreal boss Yannis Mallat firmly believes that gamers want a new Assassin’s Creed game every year. Mallat says that consumers will tell the company once they have had enough of the popular franchise, but he doesn’t see that day coming. Ubisoft say that they have plenty of high quality content for future Assassin’s Creed games and he doesn’t envision that changing. Here’s what he had to say.
“No. The players will tell us. Right now there are more and more coming into the franchise, so I don’t see that day.”
“It’s our breakthrough. When you have quality content, the frequency of coming out with the game is not an issue at all. On the contrary, people expect more and more of that content. So it’s natural to be able to provide that content. The gamers are happy and it’s our job to make them happy.”
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.