During its quarterly investor call today, Ubisoft announced that its working on a sequel to racing MMO The Crew. “In 2017-18 we will see the exciting returns of Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, The Crew and South Park,” the company said, following it up with a forum post confirming that The Crew 2 is indeed on the way.
If that startles you, consider Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad’s takeaway from the call:
The Crew now has 12 million players.
The live service element allowed the game to be as profitable in year 3 as it was in year 2.
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) May 16, 2017
We suspect the massive one-month-free-to-play push last September had something to do with it too.