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Ubisoft Q3 Financials: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Shipped About 10 Million Units, Rocksmith 2014 Disappointed

February 10, 2014 Written by Jason Dunning

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The news of Watch Dogs’ release window wasn’t the only information Ubisoft brought out in their Q3 FY 2013-14 financial results today, with the company reporting €520 million in sales, down from the €802 million they saw in FY 2012-13. Despite the drop in sales, it was actually right in-line with what Ubisoft was targeting.

For the first nine months of FY 2013-14, Ubisoft has sales of €813 million, down from €1.081 billion in the first nine months of FY2012-13.

Ubisoft highlighted some sales of their titles and more during Q3, with all the game numbers representing units sold to retailers:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag sold around 10 million units.
  • Just Dance sold about 6 million units, with Ubisoft calling it “another robust performance,” and Just Dance is “the leading casual game brand for consoles.”
  • Rocksmith 2014 (which Chandler quite enjoyed) had “lower-than-expected sales” of around 1 milli0n units.
  • Digital sales during the quarter were €53 million, with digital sales for the first nine months of the fiscal year at €123 million, an increase of 12% year-on-year.
  • Back-catalog sales during the quarter were €53 million, with back-catalog sales for the first nine months of the fiscal year at €172 million, a rise of 6%. Assassin’s Creed III, Far Cry 3, and F2P titles are said to all have had “robust performances.”

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot gave an overview of the quarter:

The launches of the PS4 and Xbox One were both hugely successful, with sales of these machines more than doubling those for the previous generation and confirming the growth potential of the console market in the coming years. Over the short term, the high quality of our titles – which is unanimously recognized by gamers – has enabled us to achieve our third-quarter sales target despite the transition period currently affecting the market.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag performed particularly well, reinforcing the franchise’s long-term potential and therefore its upcoming iteration. This robust showing was achieved thanks to the excellence of our teams, our extensive development capacities and the efficiency of our Lead and Associate studio structure.

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