Ubisoft has announced that it has also decided to push back the unannounced “smaller” game to 2023-24. (Photo: 123RF)
PARIS – French video game publisher Ubisoft announced on Thursday a 9.8% drop in sales for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2022-2023, as well as a delay in the release of the highly anticipated Avatar game. , in “2023-24”.
Originally scheduled for late 2022, accompanied by the theatrical release of the second opus of the American blockbuster, the upcoming adventure game based on the sci-fi movie has been enthusiastic fans since the presentation of its first images at E3 in 2021.
“Our goal is to create a modern immersive experience that takes full advantage of the ‘next generation’ technology,” the publisher said in a statement, citing “additional development time” due to “current restrictions placed on industries across the sector” in the context of post -COVID.
Ubisoft has announced that it has also decided to push back the unannounced “smaller” game to 2023-24.
These delays come in a context where part of the video game industry tends to rush into the market for poorly designed products as games become more and more complex, like the disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077 from Polish publisher CD Projekt in December 2020.
Bug-ridden on release, it was removed from the PlayStation Store a week later. He returned to it only six months later with a warning about his technical “performance problems”.
In the first quarter of 2022-2023, Ubisoft earned €318.2 million in revenue, up from €352.8 million a year earlier in the same period.
For fiscal year 2022-2023, the goal is to “return to significant growth” in revenue and generate an operating profit of “about 400 million euros,” said Ubisoft, which intends to pull out of many big games like Mario. + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope” and “Skull and Bones”.
The releases of the two games are scheduled for October 20 and November 8, 2022, respectively.
Ubisoft also announced that it will be introducing the “future of the brand” Assassin’s Creed, one of the most popular franchises in its catalog, in September.