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Ubisoft says its moving away from reliance on AAA games

Ubisoft CFO Frederick Duguet and CEO Yves Guillemot have spoken in an earnings call and mentioned that they are moving away from a reliance on AAA video games and will instead look at supporting older titles and creating a number of free-to play games. That’s not to say they won’t continue making high budget video games as for the period from April 2021 through March 2022, Ubisoft is planning to release three AAA game releases.

“We said for a number of years that our normal template is to come with either three or four AAA games, so we’ll stick to that plan for fiscal 2022. But we see that we are progressively, continuously moving from a model that used to be only focused on AAA releases to a model where we have a combination of strong releases from AAA and strong back catalog dynamics, but also complimenting our program of new releases with free-to-play and other premium experiences.”

Ubisoft  CFO Frederick Duguet

“We are continuing to move toward an increasingly pronounced recurrence of our revenues on the back of growing audiences,” said Guillemot. “Therefore, we expect our highly-profitable back catalog to account for an even larger share of our business going forward.”

CEO Yves Guillemot

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11 comments

  1. So they’re making even more trash mobile games?…
    Next time please don’t put BLM as the villain or give high places to sexual harassers, drug dealers and rapists.
    That would be a better thing to do Ubisoft :)

  2. Good thing Ubisoft doesn’t have a majority of games I care about (since they don’t care about Rayman).

    Nintendo should just buy the IP from them. They’re not doing anything useful with it.

  3. When I read the article title: “Oh cool! So we get some more awesome, smaller stuff like Child of Light!”

    *sighs*

  4. It’s a shame they only see things as AAA or free to play. There is a massive space in between where you could do a lot without having to spend millions pushing cutting edge graphics or spending next to nothing and relying on microtransactions. The big third party publishers have lost the plot tbh.

  5. For a moment i was hoping for a new Splinter Cell game until they started talking about free-to-play games…

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