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Ubisoft Q3 earnings down 35 percent

Ubisoft reported a year-over-year decline in earnings for the third quarter of its 2013-14 fiscal year today, and blamed the "console transition" for the drop. The French publisher recorded sales of €520 million ($709.34 million) for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2013, a decrease of 35.2 percent from the same period one year prior. Sales for the first nine months of the 2013-14 fiscal year were also down significantly, by 24.8 percent from revenue of €1.08 billion (April-December 2012) to €813 million (April-December 2013). The third-quarter sales came in right in the middle of Ubisoft's guidance for the quarter of between €500 million and €540 million. "Over the short term, the high quality of our titles — which is unanimously recognized by gamers — has enabled us to achieve our...

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Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD update

Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD presented Ubisoft with an opportunity to fix the mistakes that dragged down the original PS Vita version of the game — to wring out more of the promise that existed in an often broken and frustrating experience. But for the second time, Liberation fails to deliver. Ubisoft has improved Liberation's looks in the transition from the PS Vita to the Xbox 360, but they only took those improvements so far. Liberation HD is still full of blurry textures and goofy-looking animation, failing to match or approach Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag or even Assassin's Creed 3. Surprisingly, Liberation HD suffers from the same texture pop-in problems that plagued the PS Vita release. Buildings, people, docks — even the ground — are sometimes invisible until a few feet...

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Ubisoft reports improved fiscal performance thanks to Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed 3

Ubisoft maintained solid performance in the first half of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, with the increase in profits being attributed to titles like Far Cry 3 and Assassin's Creed 3, according to the company's most recent fiscal report ending September 2013. During the first quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the company earned €293 million ($393 million), up five percent from the same period in the previous year ($374 million). In the second quarter, the company's earnings jumped 46.6 percent from the previous year, totalling €217 million ($291 million) versus €148 million ($198 million) from the previous year. The company also attributed the sustained growth to its digital segment, with sales climbing 29 percent from last year to €71 million ($95 million). This was largely driven by...

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Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD hitting PS3 on Jan. 14

Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD, a console remake of the 2012 PlayStation Vita Liberation game, has been given a release date on PlayStation 3 of Jan. 14. Posting on PlayStation Blog today Ubisoft Sofia producer Momchil Valentinov Gindyanov stated that the team had set out to "improve upon what worked on the Vita and adapt the gameplay and missions to be the most fun and enjoyable they could be." Liberation on Vita, featuring female African-French assassin Aveline de Grandpré, launched in 2012 as an accompaniment to Assassin's Creed 3 for consoles. Both games were set against a backdrop of 18th Century revolutionary fervor. Reviewing the game at the time, Polygon described it as a "noble effort" dragged down by "restrictive missions, unexplained systems and an unintelligible story." ...

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Assassin's Creed Heritage Collection comes to Europe on Nov. 8

Ubisoft is bringing all five previous Assassin's Creed titles together in the upcoming Assassin's Creed Heritage Collection available only in Europe on Nov. 8. The collection will be made available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC systems, and includes the original Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Assassin's Creed Revelations and Assassin's Creed 3. The publisher has no plans to make this bundle available in North America. We've contacted Ubisoft to find out whether any similar collection will be made available outside of Europe and will update with any details.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and the terrible beauty of naval warfare

One spring day I stood on Portsmouth Dockyards in England, regarding HMS Victory with undisguised rapture. That ship is one of the most beautiful objects ever crafted by mankind. Even leaving aside the romantic bias inherited by my Englishness, she is a thing of heart-stopping loveliness, just as much as, say, the Taj Mahal or a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe. She is also a killing machine, designed explicitly to tear asunder other pretty frigates and ships-of-the-line. Her guns were capable of delivering unimaginable horror to the flesh of men and boys, a service rendered faithfully and efficiently to the Crown during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 Even so, if you had to choose, from all the weapons and military paraphernalia of the past few millennia — the prettiest gear, the most...

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Assassin's Creed titles discounted on PSN

The PlayStation Network is currently running a sale on eight Assassin's Creed titles and several downloadable content packs, Ubisoft digital product lifecycle manager Rommel Hernandez announced today. The sale offers 50 percent off seven DLC packs and 30 percent off titles in the franchise, as well as the Assassin's Creed 3 Season Pass. Check out the list below. 30 percent off: Assassin's Creed Assassin's Creed 2 Ultimate Edition Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Assassin's Creed Revelations Assassin's Creed 3 Ultimate Edition Assassin's Creed 3 Assassin's Creed 3 Season Pass Assassin's Creed Liberation Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines 50 percent off: Assassin's Creed 2 Sequence 12 - Battle of Forli Assassin's Creed 2 Sequence 13 - Bonfire of the Vanities Assassin's Creed 2...

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Assassin's Creed Liberation HD coming to PS3, 360 and PC

Ubisoft is bringing Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation — originally a PS Vita title — to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC soon with an HD remake. The game, which drops the number three from its title, will feature the same story, character and setting as the PS Vita game but, according to associate producer Momchil Gindyanov, everything else has changed. "Since Assassin's Creed Liberation is already out, we gathered all the reviews and all the comments from the community, we put all the data together and we ended up with a big priority list of things we wanted to do," Gindyanov said. "Just by bringing the game to console, it now has more geometry, more textures, more shaders, more materials, lighting is different and we implemented the dynamic change of time of day so you can...

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Best Buy back to school sale discounts BioShock Infinite, Battlefield 3 and more

Best Buy launched its back to school sale yesterday, offering discounts on a handful of video games including BioShock Infinite, Battlefield 3 Premium Edition and Assassin's Creed 3, according to the company's sale page. Customers have until this Saturday to take advantage of the sale, which also includes free shipping. Sale games on the table include: Assassin's Creed 3 on Xbox 360 or PS3 for $19.99 Battlefield 3: Premium Edition on Xbox 360 or PS3 for $29.99 BioShock Infinite on Xbox 360 or PS3 for $39.99 Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on Wii U for $19.99 The Hip Hop Dance Experience on Xbox 360 for $11.99 Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition on Wii for $7.99 Pokemon Conquest on Nintendo DS for $14.99 SimCity Limited Edition on Windows PC for $39.99 Tomb Raider...

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Back catalog, digital drive Ubisoft's better-than-expected sales

Ubisoft reported €76 million (approximately $99.5 million) in sales for the first fiscal quarter ending June 30, which the company said is slightly higher than its initial targets and was bolstered by sales of its back catalog and digital games. Despite overshooting initial estimates of €70 million ($91.6 million), first-quarter sales were down 42.2 percent compared to the same period last fiscal year, which brought in €131 million ($171.5 million) and included the launch of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The company also saw a 56 percent increase in back catalog game sales and attributed the increase to the "solid performance" of Assassin's Creed 3, Far Cry 3, Just Dance 4, Rocksmith and Rayman Origins. Ubisoft also reported "continued momentum" in the sales of digital...

Assassin's Creed 3 Releases
North America
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 10/30/2012
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
    • Score 8
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 10/30/2012
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Windows
    • Released 11/20/2012
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Wii U
    • Released 11/18/2012
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
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