Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends give 'lower sales than anticipated'
Posted: 16.10.2013 11:19 by Simon Priest Comments: 3
Ubisoft has revealed that Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends haven't performed as well as their internal sales targets had hoped. This news follows the delays of both Watch Dogs and The Crew.

The finger of blame is pointed squarely at the impending arrival of Xbox One and PS4, which has eroded enthusiasm in new titles in the run up to the next-gen machines.

"As we have said we have experienced lower sales than we anticipated when we gave our targets," Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez told investors during the fiscal call.

No actual figures were provided on what Ubisoft expected in terms of sales. The overall sales forecast for fiscal 2013 has been hit, especially with Watch Dogs being delayed. "Watch Dogs was trending towards the higher part of our guidance because the pre-orders were very good," the exec said. "We had more units than we had on the original plan."

CEO Yves Guillemot is hopeful Watch Dogs will become the next big franchise. "In a world of mega-blockbusters we have come to the conclusion that the team needed more time to realise the game's potential," he said. "We consider it to be a long term pillar of our future performance, alongside the likes of Assassin's Creed and Far Cry."

Ubisoft's original forecast of $1.94 billion by the end of fiscal 2013 is revised down to $1.38 billion. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is predicted to sell at least 10 million units, which releases at the end of the month.

Source: CVG
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By Gale47 (SI Core) on Oct 16, 2013
Very sad to hear this; the same thing happened to Sleeping Dogs, if I'm not mistaken.
Both Blacklist and Legends are brilliant.

On the good side, nobody mentioned piracy this time around! :D
By LukeDion1987 (SI Core Member) on Oct 16, 2013
This is not a surprise for me, Blacklist is just not good SC game anymore.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Oct 17, 2013
You're right. It isn't good; it's pretty great. Sure, there's a hiccup here and there, but it's the second best SC after Chaos Theory. A huge step up from Double Agent and Conviction (I loved SC:C, but it wasnt really stealthy).