The Division 2 and Anthem May Release Head to Head

James Marshall
May 18, 2018

Two of Ubisoft's major triple-A launches significantly contributed to those numbers.

Today Ubisoft released its financial results for the end of fiscal year 2017-18, which closed on March 31st, 2017.

Total annual sales of €1,731.9 million, up 18.6% year on year, outstripping target of around €1,640.0 million.

Annual digital revenue was up 37.8% to €1,004.7 million (representing 58.0% of total sales versus 50.0% for the previous fiscal year) for the publisher.

We haven't heard a whole lot about Skull & Bones since its debut at E3 past year, where it showed up as a standalone take on the Assassin's Creed ship combat spun out into a expanded product with an array of single-player and multiplayer options.

Ubisoft is also planning to launch The Crew 2 and one more AAA "unannounced franchise title" which feels quite a bit like Assassin's Creed, but we'll have to wait to E3 to find out more it seems. Our digital transformation is progressing at a faster pace than we anticipated.

According to Ubisoft, they have three AAA games coming out this fiscal year, which are The Crew 2 (said to release on June 29th), Tom Clancy's The Division 2, and another mysterious, unannounced AAA franchise. Now, at least we have a small but significant idea thanks to this report.

Overall, Ubisoft saw a year-over-year increase in back-catalog sales, up 27.2 percent to €826 million (~$974.5 million).

Over the longer term, new forms of gaming, enabled notably by streaming, will allow our brands to reach a much wider audience. Meanwhile, the company's online services platform hit 88 million unique active players, and esports viewership for Rainbow Six's Six Invitational in February rose approximately 300 percent.

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