While none of this will seem exactly new given all of the recent leaks, but it looks like the next Assassin’s Creed title is slated to be out here soon-ish with more information coming to us by E3 this year. Not only that title though, but many others from Ubisoft like South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Far Cry 5. That and another entry into The Crew franchise but one of the bigger tickets here is for the next Assassin’s Creed. Especially since it's one of their biggest, we've been waiting for so long, and there have been a plethora of leaks here recently to point to the fact that we'll be seeing it on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and possibly the Switch here soon. Like before we get too deep into 2018 soon.
None of this is rumor or conjecture though as it all came from the head of the developer/publisher in their recent earnings report that came out today. There are a lot of other facts and tidbits in there in terms of the company's profits, but it was declared that the next Assassin’s Creed title will be out in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. As well as all of the other titles mentioned above. That would place it with a release before March 31st of 2018 at the latest but if they go with Assassin’s Creed tradition, we should be seeing it by November of this year. At least that is how all of the other titles have come and gone so far. So, unless they aim to break tradition for a second time, I'd place my money on then.
It is good to see that not only Assassin’s Creed has been given this timeline and hopefully this means that South Park won't be getting another massive delay. Of course this only means that Ubisoft is doubling down on the previous delay by confirming the same launch time as we had before, but hopefully with the extra year of development it will be only that much better. If anything, at least we all know what will be their big E3 titles with Assassin’s Creed most likely being the center stage of it all. Unless there is some other hidden IP floating around out there that we haven't heard of just yet…
The execution of our strategic plan fully paid off in 2016-17, with further very strong growth for the digital segment – which now accounts for 50% of total sales – and an ever-more recurring profile.
With 44 million unique registered players, the size of the Tom Clancy community has increased by almost 150% in less than 18 months. This impressive performance for a brand created almost 20 years ago clearly illustrates the strong popularity of Ghost Recon Wildlands, Rainbow Six Siege and The Division. Our Live titles continue to beat records for player engagement and have seen a sharp rise in player recurring investment. Our results for 2016-17 demonstrate the success of our new model, with record high operating income and outperforming the target announced a year ago, and operating margin up for the third consecutive year.
Over the last three fiscal years, Ubisoft has – with remarkable success – created numerous new brands and rebooted Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon. These successes have strengthened our visibility for the coming two fiscal years, with a line-up of releases principally comprised of established franchises. In 2017-18 we will see the exciting returns of Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, The Crew and South Park. In 2018-19 we intend to pursue our digital transformation and consolidate our new business model, which is much more recurring and more profitable and is now significantly less exposed to new releases. This revision of our assumptions gives greater visibility for meeting our targets.
Our dynamic trajectory is being led by the growing footprint of video games in the entertainment industry. Ubisoft is playing a leading role in this respect thanks to the creativity of our teams, the power of our owned brands, the digital transformation that has generated direct relationships with our communities, and our numerous growth drivers, particularly in terms of geographic markets. Beyond 2018-19 we will continue to catch up with our competitors in terms of player recurring investment, which represents huge value creation potential for our shareholders.
Do you think that all of this means that the Assassin’s Creed leaks and rumors are true and this is just a bit of misdirection for the big reveal in a month? Are you stoked to see that Far Cry 5 has been officially announced and the it is on the way as well? Do you think that we'll see South Park before the end of this year or will it be sometime early in 2018 that it finally comes out? Let us know what you are thinking down in the comments and then discuss. For more on Assassin’s Creed and any of the other titles mentioned here, be sure to stick around. We'll be out there for the big reveals and will have them all up on the site for you. Be sure to stay tuned.