We all knew it was coming and today Ubisoft officially confirmed that Just Dance 2016 will be arriving on the Wii U. We may be missing out on several other games, but at least we’ve got the Just Dance series, right? The game will be coming to the Wii U this October and will no doubt perform well. Ubisoft also announced the Just Dance Streaming Service to get new songs all year-long for your console.
It’s that time of year again and we are all gearing up for E3. Popular video game developer and publisher Ubisoft has announced their plans for the event. Their press conference will once again be hosted by Aisha Tyler and promises a number of big surprises. You will be able to watch it on YouTube at 3pm PT/6pm ET on Monday, June 15th. Here’s what Ubisoft Co-Founder and CEO Yves Guillemot had to say about the exciting event.
“E3 is always a very special moment for the entire gaming community because we all come together to share our visions for the future of entertainment and reveal the games into which we’ve been pouring our energy and passion. The players’ excitement and feedback when they first experience what we’re developing is what motivates us the most. We love being a part of this great community, and our talented teams continue to take risks, push boundaries and offer more freedom and choice within our games so that we can create long-lasting, enriching experiences for the players.”
“For the third year running, the Uplay Lounge offers fans the chance to see and play the new games in Ubisoft’s E3 lineup, meet the developers, compete with other gamers and more. Throughout the week, Ubisoft is organizing a series of Master Classes for fans, during which a number of newly announced games will be demonstrated live by the production teams. These Master Classes, which will include sessions on Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Tom Clancy’s The Division, will be streamed live on Twitch.”
Looks like someone has let the cat out of the bag early at Ubisoft as concept trailers for their new IP which is being dubbed Hero have found their way online. We heard earlier today that Ubisoft is developing a new IP which they hope to release before March 2016. Hero could well be the one that was mentioned. Ubisoft is apparently scrambling to remove the videos and the image. Guess it was a project that was due to be officially announced at E3 next month.
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Ubisoft have just published their latest earnings from the last fiscal year. In their presentation, they’ve included a chart of the top 20 grossing franchises from 2005-2014 to showcase key success factors. The chart highlights Ubisoft games, naturally, but lets take a look at how Nintendo did! Mario is the second biggest grossing franchise, falling just under Call of Duty from Activision Blizzard. The other Nintendo title to appear– which may come as a surprise– is Wii Fit! Which includes hardware sales, and makes sense given all the families that jumped on board with the balance board. Super Smash Bros. also features 8th on a chart for the top 10 grossing games of 2014. Take a look at the charts yourself and see what you think, find anything else surprising?
It’s probably not too surprising that recent Ubisoft titles have skipped the Wii U as the company has provided a breakdown of sales by platform and region and it clearly shows that the Wii U only accounted for 1% of sales in 2014 to 2015. In fact the original Wii shifted more software for Ubisoft than the Wii U. You can check out the sales breakdown in the chart uploaded above.
Ubisoft is no longer creating titles for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and is instead focussing its efforts on developing for the current generation of consoles. We’ve already heard that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will only be available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. However, the company says it will make an exception for the Just Dance series which has sold incredibly well on Nintendo platforms.
Ubisoft has confirmed today that they are hard at work developing an unannounced AAA game for a number of platforms which is due to be released by March 2016. The company wouldn’t give any clues regarding what the mystery title is, but we can assume it will be showcased at next month’s E3 event in Los Angeles. The company also revealed that they are now only developing for current generation consoles for their major titles, but Just Dance will come to last generation platforms. What would you like to see Ubisoft working on?