Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman: Legends have failed to reach sales targets, Ubisoft admits, according to comments made during an investors conference call today.
For the current financial year, Ubisoft has lowered its revenue expectations from $1.94 billion to $1.38bn. That is just about 25% below the previous revenue target.
The reduction comes amid Ubisoft’s recent announcement of Watch Dogs and The Crew being delayed to Spring 2014 and Q3, 2014. A big chunk of 2013’s fiscal revenue was assigned to the sales of both the upcoming titles, initially planned to launch alongside the next-gen consoles (November, 2013). “Watch Dogs was trending towards the higher part of our guidance because the pre-orders were very good,” Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez said. “We had more units than we had on the original plan.”
“As we have said we have experienced lower sales than we anticipated when we gave our targets,” says the Ubisoft exec. “Already released games such as Splinter Cell, Rayman and others.”
Low sales of both critically acclaimed titles have been pinned to consumers refraining from investing in new titles, in line with the launch of next-generation consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One coming up soon this year.