Ubisoft have shared their disappointment with how Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends sales have performed since they respectively launched.
Having amended their 2013 fiscal year sales forecast, largely in part to the Watch_Dogs delay, exchange rate fluctuation and lower than expected sales were also cited. That’s seen them drop their $1.94 billion income figure to $1.38 billion, a still admittedly sizeable figure.
“As we have said we have experienced lower sales than we anticipated when we gave our targets,” explained Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez in the publisher’s investor’s call. “Already released games such as Splinter Cell, Rayman and others.
“Watch_Dogs was trending towards the higher part of our guidance because the pre-orders were very good. We had more units than we had on the original plan.”
Meanwhile CEO Yves Guillemot shared his desire for Watch_Dogs to join Ubisoft’s illustrious list of key franchises.
“In a world of mega-blockbusters we have come to the conclusion that the team needed more time to realise the game’s potential,” Guillemot said. “We consider it to be a long term pillar of our future performance, alongside the likes of Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry.”