Saturday, January 16, 2010

Assassins Creed comeback to save the world as well as Ubisoft's sales

It appears Ubisoft may be looking to the successful Assassin's Creed as the needed cash cow to offset a tough 2009.

No sooner did the gaming giant announce it was following up with the recent release of Assassin's Creed 2 with another edition, but it was going to include multiplayer.

In its third quarter fiscal update, Ubisoft announced that it has revised its quarterly and full-year sales targets down substantially and laid the blame for the move largely at the feet of the Avatar game. A "significant correction" in the DS market, an under-performing back catalog and delays of both R.U.S.E. and Splinter Cell Conviction all took their toll, but Avatar is the only game Ubisoft deemed important enough to mention specifically as a failure.

As if throwing some magical black ink across the company balance sheets, the next Assassin's Creed game will star the hero of Assassin's Creed 2.

"The game will take place with the same hero, which is Ezio, and will follow-up the story that took place in Assassin's Creed 2," an Ubisoft spokesman said.

Being nicknamed Assassins Creed 2.5, its expected to be a stand alone title, but along the lines of an expansion of the last game.

"We have a new Assassin's Creed that we expect will be a very high quality product that as well as an offline complement will have a multiplayer component," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.

More details can be found at CVG.

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