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Ubisoft wants full games on Wii U eShop ‘as soon as it’s possible’

Though no concrete plans have been outlined, Ubisoft’s intention to join Nintendo’s push towards more digitally available retail games on its new flagship console is now evident: “As soon as it’s possible, we will do it,” Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot told Polygon , speaking on whether his company had plans to sell full retail games as downloadable jams through Nintendo’s eShop. No further information regarding pricing and availability was given, so whether this expansion into the eShop happens at launch, or later down the road, remains to be seen.

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Assassin’s Creed 3 sells 3.5 million in first week

Assassin’s Creed 3 has sold an estimated 3.5 million units, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced in the company’s earnings release.

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Ubisoft CEO claims 93-95% piracy rate on their PC products

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has stated the percentage of paying players for its PC retail products and its free-to-play content is approximately the same. Speaking to GamesIndustry at Gamescom , Guillemot noted that only about five to seven percent of freemium players buy into content, which he said is the same as its retail PC product because they have a “93-95 percent piracy rate.” Guillemot also said that free-to-play games are normally cheaper to produce and distribute, since they use existing assets and avoid boxed distribution costs, but the product still needs to fit the audience. “We also take content which we’ve developed in the past, graphics etc, and we can make cheaper games and improve them over time,” he said

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Ubisoft CEO ready for new consoles

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot claims the relatively long lifespan of the current console generation has stifled creativity and made the industry risk-averse.

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Ubisoft expects next-gen consoles to integrate ‘item based model’

Ubisoft likely knows more about the next generation of consoles than we all do, thanks to working on games for them and stuff, and it sees them going in a social gaming-oriented direction. The company’s earnings release features an outlook for the next year, in which Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot expects to see an increase of 25-61% in operating income

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Ubisoft on next-gen portable dev: 3DS / PSP2 first, ‘the other machines’ next

After some success getting in on the ground floor with Kinect – Ubisoft was gunning to be the “top third-party publisher” – it’s looking to repeat that formula with the upcoming 3DS, dropping six games for the portable’s European launch .

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Ubisoft reports $76.2 million operating loss in fiscal year 2009-10

Ubisoft today released its financial earnings report to investors for fiscal year 2009-10 (ending March 31), reporting sales of €871 million ($1.1 billion) with an operating loss of €60 million ($76.2 million). CEO Yves Guillemot softened investor reaction by saying: “The global economic crisis had a pronounced impact on the video game industry in 2009, which contracted by nearly 10 percent year-on-year. Ubisoft’s sales were hit particularly hard, falling 18 percent over the full year despite a stabilization in the second half of the year.” Ubi’s Q4 sales were up 1.9 percent year-over-year to €210 million ($266.7 million), outpacing internal guidance by €10 million ($12.7 million).

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Ghost Recon also headed to Wii, PSP, and DS; Wii version developed by a different team

Among the handful of Ubiscoops about 2010′s releases coming out of today’s investor call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot brought up the tactical Tom Clancy franchise Ghost Recon . Beyond the already revealed platforms for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier , Guillemot detailed the franchise’s further ubiquity, saying the next Ghost Recon game will “be on all platforms: 360, PS3, Wii, PSP, [and] DS.” He noted that the Wii version of Ghost Recon will “be done by a different team” with a “different approach … created for that Wii population.” Presumably, the game will involve standing on the balance board to approximate a sniper’s breathing — and it’ll also be made up entirely of mini-games.

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Assassin’s Creed 2 ships 8 million, next game returns to Rome

Speaking in an investor call, following the release of Ubisoft’s fiscal third-quarter financial results , company CEO Yves Guillemot made it abundantly clear as to why another Assassin’s Creed will unsheathe its stabby things before April 2011 . According to Guillemot, Assassin’s Creed 2 , which launched in November 2009 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, has shipped 8 million copies

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Ubisoft to ‘refocus’ on Xbox 360, PS3 and ‘major franchises’

As Ubisoft today sent its financial forecast soaring downward for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010, CEO Yves Guillemot pledged to steer the company away from the suffering casual market. Specifically, “with a view to further reducing our exposure to the DS, we intend to continue to refocus our development resources on our major franchises and on the Xbox 360 and PS3, the two consoles which are expected to see sales growth in games for gamers in 2010,” Guillemot said

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