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Seems Ubisoft has 4 AAA's releasing next fiscal year:

-The Crew 2
-Skull & Bones
-Unknown
-Unknown

Bear in mind, that Ubisoft says they expect to sell 23m units next fiscal year.


Possibilities

Unlikely

-Assassin's Creed. Ubisoft has hinted that AC won't be returning to yearly releases, that they will instead focus on long term DLC plans for Origins instead.

-Far Cry. Far Cry 5 is releasing in March 2018, and Ubisoft has never indicated plans to turn Far Cry into a yearly franchise. 

-Beyond Good and Evil 2. All signs point to Beyond Good and Evil 2 being in very early development, most likely releasing next gen.

-Splinter Cell. Yves Guillemot implied about a year ago that they were still taking concept pitches for the next Splinter Cell, so it's unlikely to be ready before Q1 2019. 

-Rainbow Six. Ubisoft are happy with the long term playerbase for Rainbow Six Siege and are unlikely to harm that by releasing a new Rainbow Six game.

-Steep 2. Steep released in Q4 2016, unlikely they'd release a sequel by Q1 2019 though, a full 3 year gap is likely. 

-South Park 3. South Park: The Fractured But Whole released in Q4 2017, unlikely they'd release a sequel by Q1 2019.

-Ghost Recon. Ghost Recon Wildlands released in March 2017, and while a sequel 2 years later isn't unheard of for Ubisoft, it is still unlikely given other possible options. Wildlands 1 took 5 years to develop afterall, and it was still rushed, MP functionality wasn't ready at release which hurt it's long term viability. I think they'll take their time on the next Ghost Recon. 

-For Honor 2. For Honor released in Q1 2017, so a Q1 2019 release would give it about 2 years of development, which isn't unheard  of for Ubisoft. However, the game still has a sizeable playerbase of 1m monthly active players, so I think they'll give For Honor 2  3 years of development instead of 2.

-Rayman, Just Dance, Rabbids, Trials. Ubisoft doesn't usually consider these franchises to be AAA. 

 

Possible

-The Division 2. The Division was a big seller for Ubisoft, and Q1 2019 would give a sequel to The Division 3 years of development, which sounds just about right for a AAA game of it's scale. Further evidence is the fact that Ubisoft's DLC/update support for The Division 1 is planned to dwindle throughout it's 3rd year. 

-Watch Dogs 3. A Q1 2019 release would give Watch Dogs 3  27 months of development, which is about the same amount of development that Watch Dogs 2 had. A sequel is likely, Watch Dogs 2 sold pretty well even though it was down compared to the first game, and Ubisoft updated Watch Dogs 2 after release, adding in an epilogue scene teasing London as the setting for Watch Dogs 3, which indicates that it sold well enough to warrant a 3rd game. 

 

https://www.resetera.com/threads/ubisoft-has-2-unannounced-aaa-games-for-release-by-april-2019-hints-no-ac-this-year-in-favor-of-dlc.22860/

Last edited by shikamaru317 - on 13 February 2018

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Well another Watch Dogs seems like an obvious choice, but I dunno what the other one would be. I don't expect Division or For Honor.



So a new Assassins Creed and...?



KLXVER said:
So a new Assassins Creed and...?

Probably not AC. Ubisoft has been hinting that they plan to switch to a 2 year release schedule for AC and release extra DLC for Origins to compensate. 



shikamaru317 said:
KLXVER said:
So a new Assassins Creed and...?

Probably not AC. Ubisoft has been hinting that they plan to switch to a 2 year release schedule for AC and release extra DLC for Origins to compensate. 

Ill believe it when I see it.



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KLXVER said:
shikamaru317 said:

Probably not AC. Ubisoft has been hinting that they plan to switch to a 2 year release schedule for AC and release extra DLC for Origins to compensate. 

Ill believe it when I see it.

They didn't release an AC game in 2016 so it's not unprecedented. I'm pretty sure their won't be one. I think they want to alternate between Watch Dogs and AC each year.



Barkley said:
KLXVER said:

Ill believe it when I see it.

They didn't release an AC game in 2016 so it's not unprecedented. I'm pretty sure their won't be one. I think they want to alternate between Watch Dogs and AC each year.

Yeah, they have hinted at an AC/Watch Dogs alternation in the past. I fully expect that is what they'll do. 



A new Tom Clancy branded game is obvious as for the second one i have no idea. I don't think AC will return to a yearly release and i don't think Watch Dogs 2 did well enough to warrant a 3. I just hope they release games that can be enjoyed as a singleplayer experience



Nothing to see here, move along

Further evidence that an AC game isn't planned for next year is that their 23m sales expectation is too conservative for a year with an AC game in it. AC Origins is on track to sell around 9-10m before the end of this fiscal year, so it's safe to say they'd expect at least 8m for an AC game releasing next fiscal year. 8m is a pretty sizeable chunk of that 23m considering there are 3 other AAA games there on top of any AA stuff they have planned, such as the yearly Just Dance.



if I had to predict, it would be this:

Tom Clancy "something", (likely division 2) a multiplayer GaaS shooter, launching this holiday.

Watch Dogs 3 for March 2019. The last game had disappointing sales partly due to the November release, and I dont think Ubisoft will make the same mistake again.



Bet with Intrinsic:

The Switch will outsell 3DS (based on VGchartz numbers), according to me, while Intrinsic thinks the opposite will hold true. One month avatar control for the loser's avatar.