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Ubisoft mentions Far Cry 4, talks up WatchDogs during investor call

During a public investor call Ubisoft has outlined the company’s 2014-15 offerings, talking up the soon-to-be released title ‘Watch Dogs’ while also casually mentioning Far Cry 4.
 
Yves Guillemot, Chief Executive Officer stated, “2014-15 should see a return to double-digit profitability as we reap the benefits of the investments and innovations that we have implemented over the last few years. Combined with the fast uptake of new-generation consoles and strong growth in the online market, our ambitious games line-up should land three of our titles in the top ten best-selling games of the year for consoles and PC, and lead us to record a sharp rise in our digital sales.”
 
“The year’s performance will be led by five games – Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, Just Dance, The Crew and Watch Dogs. Watch Dogs’ pre-orders are at record levels and it is perfectly positioned to become the industry’s most successful new IP in history.”
 
Yves Guillemot concluded “Drawing on the strengths of our multi-studio organizational structure, our constant drive to innovate and our recognized expertise in creating successful new brands, Ubisoft should outperform the industry in both 2014 and the following years.”
 
While commenting on the results for the year, Yves Guillemot also stated “Although Ubisoft did not reach the targets announced a year ago for 2013-14, we did see a number of significant achievements during the period. Above all, we consistently achieved high quality across our games, notably for Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag – the best-rated game of the Christmas season for PS4 and Xbox One – and for South Park: The Stick of Truth, which delivered a solid sales performance for Xbox360, PS3 and PC. At the same time, the digital segment is now a substantial contributor to our business, accounting for 19% of total 2013-14 sales. At the start of 2014-15, we further demonstrated the strides we have made in this growth segment, with the successful releases of two free-to-play games for smartphones and tablets – Trials Frontier, with almost 10 million downloads on iOS in one month, and CSI: Hidden Crimes.”