Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue Sold "Very Well"

Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue Sold "Very Well"

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Financially speaking, 2014 looks like a great year for Ubisoft, with Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue taking the lion's share of sales.

2014 was an ambitious year for Ubisoft, thanks to two Assassin's Creed releases and a bigger push into next-generation consoles. Unfortunately, any good features Assassin's Creed offered that year were drowned out by game-breaking bugs, confusingly huge patches, and other problems culminating in a cancelled season pass. But despite those issues, Ubisoft's performance was far better than expected. In fact, Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue had sold a combined 10 million copies by the end of Q3 2014.

These figures were revealed in yesterday's Q3 financial report, where Ubisoft showed noticeable improvement from 2013-2014. Compared to last year total sales increased by 55.8 percent, with Assassin's Creed being one of the best performers. While we don't have specific figures comparing Unity and Rogue, it's still an impressive number.

For context, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag earned 11 million sales by year end 2013. That gives Unity and Rogue another five months to catch up, which is certainly a strong possibility. Meanwhile, Far Cry 4 sold 7 million copies while Watch Dogs has brought in another 10 million since May.

"In 2014, Ubisoft offered gamers the most diversified line-up in the industry," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot wrote in the report. "This uniquely varied offering was also recognized for its overall quality. As a result we achieved a third-quarter performance that was well above target and we expect to generate a record level of free cash flow for 2014-15 ... Each of these successful games was developed by our in-house studios and we own our brands, which means that our destiny is in our own hands and we are internalizing the value created for our shareholders."

Right now, Ubisoft is working on Assassin's Creed: Victory, a sequel set in Victorian London that's expected to launch in Fall 2015.

Source: Ubisoft Group, via Eurogamer

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of course they sold well, everyone was still high off the awesomeness that was Black Flag and assumed they'd get more of the same.

it will be the next game where they see how much damage they've actually done to the franchise. i know, as someone who played every AC game leading up to this point, i will not be buying Unity or Rogue, and whatever the next game is, it's not even on my radar. it's gonna have to be a critical smash hit for me to consider.

Why the hell are they combining the sales? What were the separate sales for the games?

Probably cause people went out and bought Rogue after seeing what Unity was.

I mean, it took two Assassin's Creed games to get to 10 million, whereas Black Flag got to 11 million by itself, in a shorter amount of time. Also, didn't Ubi's stocks take a dive on Unity's release? If it weren't for Watch_Dogs(since The Crew got a lukewarm reception) then I doubt this year would be considered good for Ubi.

Ugh.

They are not next gen, theyve been out for over a year.

And they can barely play todays games at spec and speed.

This just tells me people need to learn to not buy bad games. With the exception of Far Cry 4 which apparently was just fine if you are looking for Farcry 3 but in the Himalayas their games quality was complete trash.

Unity selling "well" is not good news.

Granted, people bought it expecting it to be as good as the surprisingly awesome ACIV... Which is the same reason/mistake I made when I bought RE5 because RE4 was good.

I'm not surprised it sold well, it was an AC first off, and following off the heels of the fantastic Black Flag.
The really interesting statistic would be how many people returned Unity. I wonder if it might finally beat Zone of the Enders 2 for 'most returned game of all time'

erttheking:
Why the hell are they combining the sales? What were the separate sales for the games?

Because shareholders like to hear ten million more than they like to hear five and a half and four and a half million, even though it's the same thing.

Regardless, that and the success of Watchdogs really does irk me, Ubisoft are gaming's current crown bollocks merchants and they still walk away with seven figure sales.

erttheking:
Why the hell are they combining the sales? What were the separate sales for the games?

Well to be fair, Black Flag was available on both last and current gen consoles. Since the now current gen does not have quite the install base, games cannot hope to achieve the same sales numbers, even if they would be perfect (which they aren't). So they combined the generations again to get a comparable base. Sales per platform would be interesting, seeing if Unity sold the same numbers that Blackflag sold on PS4 and Xbox One and PC. Than we could compare.

Fanghawk:
"This uniquely varied offering was also recognized for its overall quality.

Now look: I did a business degree. I know that CEO's and marketers lie all the damn time to make themselves look better than they really are. But was he drunk when he said this? Legitimately, he had to be drunk. I can think of no other way, save for the use of some high grade narcotics, he would be able to say that they had an overall quality lineup. It might even technically be true in the sense that they had more games that weren't hideously broken than games that were, but he's still fucking lying through his teeth because he deserves to lose his job for running a company where a game like Assassin's Creed Unity can get pushed out the door in the state it was in just to meet their arbitrary yearly deadline.

Well as long as you got your money Ubisoft that's all that matters. Arseholes!

Their games were definitely recognised for their quality... in the same that Keith Richards is recognised for his self-control.

A good year financially, but I imagine it was a terrible year in the impact it had on consumer trust.

AC: Towers
FC: Towers
WD: TOWERS
Crw: ttttTOWERS

yeah... that's diversity for ya

Not a follower of their work, but I think AC will go down as GOAT when people look back. I admire their indefatigability even if I'm not a fan of their ring/character work.

at times i ask my self to get unity but i keep reading these bad things how bad it runs, just stops me from getting it. on steam i saw rough as well but im not sure to get it since unity is so poorly optimized.

and of course the game sold well. ac4 was really amazing that i was hyped for unity as well.

Riddle me this, Ubisoft: How many people RETURNED the game after they bought it? Or if it was digital, how many people uninstalled the game and never played it again?

As some people in this thread have said, these games were mainly riding high off the success of Black Flag, so people thought they'd be good games. I'm willing to bet that sales on the next AC game are going to plummet (much like Revelations did to 3).

I want to know what percentage of those Unity sales were preorders because I think that would tell us everything we need to know really.

I doubt they sold many after the bad press.

ShermTank7272:
Riddle me this, Ubisoft: How many people RETURNED the game after they bought it? Or if it was digital, how many people uninstalled the game and never played it again?

As some people in this thread have said, these games were mainly riding high off the success of Black Flag, so people thought they'd be good games. I'm willing to bet that sales on the next AC game are going to plummet (much like Revelations did to 3).

i know i have requested for my money back when i got it from origin few days after release. i asked for my money back and i got it back. no questions asked. yes, EA gave me back my money without a fuss.

Great, this will just prove to ubisoft that its okay for them to release broken and unfinished games because people will still flock to buy the new "Assassins Creed" Game the day it comes out without reading anything about it.

Shuu:
A good year financially, but I imagine it was a terrible year in the impact it had on consumer trust.

I contest this. both Unity and Rogue sold pretty well, with plenty of pre-orders I suspect. If people haven't learned yet, then they're not going to.

Unity selling well is a bit of a downer considering how horrifically bad it allegedly ran when it was initially released (from what I've understand it has since been patched to playable levels), but Rogue deserves every purchase it got. Seriously, been following the franchise since day one and I would rate Rogue as being one of the better games in the franchise, which is saying something considering it's a mere side-game.

Unity was/is a terrible game, even after months of patches it still suffers from unplayable glitches such as the attack button ceasing to function and/or literally being frozen in place and none of your buttons (except the map/menu) working.

It was amazing visually during it initial release and I was willing to overlook many of it's glitches, but by now it has simply served as a example that Ubisoft is falling behind and starting to make some sub-par games in favor of pumping out money-makers based simply on their franchises initial successes. FarCry 4 for example is fun and full of mindless animals who want to simply kill EVERYTHING, yet the DLC has been bland and totally crap compared to the Blood Dragon DLC of FarCry 3. Ubisoft seems to have just re-skinned and released slightly improved copies of the same crap they released last gen (also I know some people may not share my opinion, but WatchDogs was SHIT).

So as of the rest of this console gen, I am going to avoid Ubisoft unless they start getting some 5/5 reviews for their games. Because so far I have been giving them that "Oh maybe people are just exaggerating" benefit of the doubt, but they have dropped the ball.

Black Flag got lucky. From what I've seen, it spread with word of mouth as "Actually good and not like AC3, I promise." It wasn't enough to convince me to buy another AC game. Seeing the two newest games reaching 10 million while Black Flag hit 11 just reinforces my initial stance of "Don't buy AC any more."

I'm interested to see how much lower next year will be when the game isn't riding on Black Flag's success. What will the sales look like then? will Ubisoft need THREE games to hit 9 million?

I bought AC Unity (ps4), when it was on sale for maybe 20% off original price, and after all the patch fixes, and i have to say i had fun, mostly with the multiplayer, but i also liked that they have gone back to a more hitman 47/dishonered like approach where you have a situation requiring infiltration, distraction, and a silent, hopefully unnoticed takedown.

I bought both unity and FC 4 earlier this month and i found that both games played really well with zero technical issues. although i felt that graphics aside their immediate predecessors were much better games

Scorpid:
This just tells me people need to learn to not buy bad games. With the exception of Far Cry 4 which apparently was just fine if you are looking for Farcry 3 but in the Himalayas their games quality was complete trash.

Yep, I'd imagine their sales figures won't be so inflated this year. They had a lot of big games that were super-hyped up (Watch_Dogs, Far Cry 4, the AC games) so of course they were going to sell well...at least until everyone figured out how absolutely shitty they were. And sure enough, all of the above ended up - by general consensus - being absolute trash, with AC: Unity being quite literally the most broken game released in a good long while.

"Oh! But they fixed AC: Unity now so it's actually kinda fun!" Forgive me for expecting a completed and finished product at purchase. I didn't know that AAA companies were in the business of doing Early Access for console games.

This just shouts, Preorder sales to me.
Stop Preordering Games, all Ubisoft care about is taking your money, all other AAA publishers as well.
Stop getteing hyped for E£ and other sales pitches.
By all means get hyped for games, but it's not a game until it's released, get hyped for actually relased games, that deserve the hype.
If the AAA machine can make huge profits, before release why should they bother to actually finish making a game, properly.

While there's a case for getting Multiplayer games, when others are playing them. As far as Single player games are concerned, waiting until you can get all the content, for under £5/$10 is a wise move. I won't buy Ubisoft games for more than that, after having to suffer Uplay and their terrible support with AC3, I've just got Black Flag in the last Steam sale, with other games, still not played it yet, I will and when I do it's will still be a brand new game, to me.

Last years big AAA games were largly a letdown, the new games I actually enjoyed were not the overhyped E3 ones, they were the ones I knew nothing of until released, even then I waited until their first sale.

Sad thing is too many gamers never learn, many of this years Steam Top sellers are Preorders.
I'm sure consoles wil be the same.
Gamers keep paying for hype, all they'll get is the hype. The Publisher has no reason to actually make a good finished game, when they've already sold it to you as a bad unfinished one.

Y'know I actually kind of feel sorry for the developers of Rogue, because it's just as good as Black Flag was, and it could've just been the laziest rehash ever. But I only found out it existed through wikipedia, I saw ZERO PR, promotions or anything about Rogue at all, let alone the fact that it came out on the same day as Unity. Even after Unity being dogshite, they still got overshadowed because Unity was so dogshite and that's what all the news is about.

Rogue on the other hand was flawless bug wise, improves on the forumla from Black Flag, has three big areas to mook around in, including a massive version of New York, an enjoyable story, improved ship to ship combat and sailing, more shantys (very important) and the perfect opportunity to listen to Alestorm while pretending to be Errol Flynn. My only problem is that the money is now £, rather than R, so I can no longer make the obvious laboured pirate pun anytime I buy something.

Though to be fair, I still think Black Flag started life not as an Assassins Creed game, but whatever, it was my game of the year last year, and more of it in Rogue is exactly what I needed....Wehy hey up she rises, whey hey up she rises...

im sure not getting rogue when its out. i saw it on steam and was first excited but then it hit me how bad unity is, so i have no hope for this one. i rather wait and see what others have to say and if the majority says its good, then i might get it. so unity will be the only AC title i will not play. which is a shame since i am a fan since day.

Well to be fair, there wasn't much in the way of competition considering the lack of games on the new consoles, things could change once a few more IPs find their way onto new platforms.

Like a lot of people have mentioned, the overall quality of Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag likely restored many people's faith in the series and hoped that Assassins Creed Unity would follow suit. The sales of the following Assassins Creed game, might actually be a better assessment of consumer reaction to Assassins Creed Unity.

In any case, Ubisoft has developed a bit of a negative reputation through 2014. I was personally quite annoyed at the Wii U delay of Watch Dogs (and whilst I did enjoy the game, I do feel that Wii U version is likely a rather poor port, given the slowdown I notice during fast driving, multiple explosions, and heavy rain) but at the same time they did release Child of Light, which is my favourite game of this current generation... it does lead to uncertainty regarding my personal opinion of them.

Metalrocks:
im sure not getting rogue when its out. i saw it on steam and was first excited but then it hit me how bad unity is, so i have no hope for this one. i rather wait and see what others have to say and if the majority says its good, then i might get it. so unity will be the only AC title i will not play. which is a shame since i am a fan since day.

I cant speak for How the PC port will operate, but as far as bugs go Rogue was pretty smooth. It was at its core just Black Flag with some improvements and some new mechanics so if you liked BF you should give it a chance.

Sean Kay:
I wonder if it might finally beat Zone of the Enders 2 for 'most returned game of all time'

It is? Why's that?

@sould1n
true. i also enjoyed watch dogs despite the problems i had, like constant freezing for a solid 5 seconds. there were moments were it froze several times in a row, which was very annoying that i failed some missions because of that. had them even in cutscenes that the pic froze but the sound continued and i have a r9 290x and even everything set to low, i still had the mentioned issues.

child of light is indeed a smooth game and even my game of the year of 2014. but i guess it was easier to optimize since the game wasnt really a hardware eater.

@darks63
thats good to hear that this game was better to play on consoles. but who knows how it is on pc. thats why i rather wait and see. if its good, then i will get it. otherwise, i keep my fingers of it.

 

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