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Ubisoft has released its first-quarter financial report for FY2019 - 2020, and its performance has been better than expected. Part of this success comes from the PC, which has overtaken the PlayStation 4 as the company’s most profitable platform.

Between April and June, Ubisoft reported net sales of €363.4 million ($407.9 million), down 9.2 percent YoY, and net bookings of €314.2 million ($352.6 million), down 17.6 percent. Despite the decline, the figures are still better than what the company was predicting.

Source: Techspot



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As far as I know the only Unisoft game that launched during this period is Anno 1800, a pc exclusive game. So this makes sense. It is the best Anno game imo.

Still only just beat PS4. 34% for pc Vs 31% for PS4. Shows how important consoles are for these big AAA publishers.



LTD: PS4 - 125m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 51m

2020: PS4 - 9m, Switch - 22.5m, XBO - 2.5m, PS5 - 4.5m, XBX - 2.8m

Lets see what do they have 2019:

Trials Rising (for everything)
Far Cry: New Dawn (for everything)
Anno 1800 (pc only)
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (for everything)
The Settlers (pc only)

Anno 1800 probably contributed towards that (ei. PC profits > PS4 ones).



PC exclusives, what do you expect?



I thought PC gaming was dying like 10 years ago???



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Barkley said:

As far as I know the only Unisoft game that launched during this period is Anno 1800, a pc exclusive game. So this makes sense. It is the best Anno game imo.

Still only just beat PS4. 34% for pc Vs 31% for PS4. Shows how important consoles are for these big AAA publishers.

Well, Anno probably had not too much to do with it, since it lacks in microtransactions. But that is exactly what drove the sales apparently: "Higher-than-expected performance,led notably by Assassin’s Creed®Odyssey,Rainbow Six®Siege, and Player Recurring Investment". Especially Rainbow  Six Siege is notable, as it has now the highest player it ever had, 4 years after launch.  

Also, while it's 34% to 31%, keep in mind that last year it was 24% to 38%, so PC is 10 points higher while the PS4 dropped by 7 points, which are pretty substantial movements. And Switch is stuck at just 5%



Chrkeller said:
I thought PC gaming was dying like 10 years ago???

It's just like Nintendo, always doomed.



Bofferbrauer2 said:
Chrkeller said:
I thought PC gaming was dying like 10 years ago???

It's just like Nintendo, always doomed.

Lol, I forgot about that.  Nintendo died back in 1996.  



Bofferbrauer2 said:
Barkley said:

As far as I know the only Unisoft game that launched during this period is Anno 1800, a pc exclusive game. So this makes sense. It is the best Anno game imo.

Still only just beat PS4. 34% for pc Vs 31% for PS4. Shows how important consoles are for these big AAA publishers.

Well, Anno probably had not too much to do with it, since it lacks in microtransactions. But that is exactly what drove the sales apparently: "Higher-than-expected performance,led notably by Assassin’s Creed®Odyssey,Rainbow Six®Siege, and Player Recurring Investment". Especially Rainbow  Six Siege is notable, as it has now the highest player it ever had, 4 years after launch.  

Also, while it's 34% to 31%, keep in mind that last year it was 24% to 38%, so PC is 10 points higher while the PS4 dropped by 7 points, which are pretty substantial movements. And Switch is stuck at just 5%

They specifically state Anno is the reason.

" They attributed the PC surge primarily to the strength of the strategy game Anno 1800.

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"The 34 percent was pushed by Anno, which is a PC-specific game, but even with that launch, we had a very good performance on PC overall," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said during an investors call."



LTD: PS4 - 125m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 51m

2020: PS4 - 9m, Switch - 22.5m, XBO - 2.5m, PS5 - 4.5m, XBX - 2.8m

I remember the dark years with 4 to 9 percent:

So 27% for the last full year and 34 -36% for the last two quarters ain't too shabby.