Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag shipped approximately 10 million copies before December 31st, Ubisoft announced in its third quarter financial statement overnight.
In a conference call with investors, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot revealed he figures and outlined the company’s expectations for the title in the coming months.
"We expect to reach around 11 million by the end of March, a remarkable performance close to the high end of our plan," said Guillemot. "Pricing was very strong, almost on par with last year's level. We are extremely proud of this achievement notably in the face of a challenging environment and an exceptionally competitive context."
Despite the strong numbers, ACIV still fell short of the performance of ACIII, which shipped and digitally distributed more than 12 million copies in the same period of the previous year. However, Guillemot also said that ACIV sales were stronger during the first six weeks of 2014 than those of ACIII during the equivalent period.
Overall, Ubisoft’s third quarter sales for 2013 were down down 35.2 percent from the same period in 2012. From October to December 2013, the company generated €520 million ($710 million), compared to €802 million ($1.1 billion) in 2012.
Guillemot said that the numbers were within Ubisoft’s expectations.
"The launches of the PS4 and Xbox One were both hugely successful, with sales of these machines more than doubling those for the previous generation and confirming the growth potential of the console market in the coming years," he said.
"Over the short term, the high quality of our titles - which is unanimously recognized by gamers - has enabled us to achieve our third-quarter sales target despite the transition period currently affecting the market."
The firm cut its forecasts by $560 million in October, following the delay of Watch Dogs and The Crew.
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