Ubisoft hits its Q3 earnings targets while betting big on The Division 2

    
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Keep playing, darn it!

Here’s the bad news from the latest Ubisoft earnings call: The company’s profits are down year-over-year. But that’s about it in terms of bad news, and while profits were down, the company still exceeded its targets for Q3. The big success of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is cited as one of the reasons for the company hitting its targets despite a competitive season, and a great deal of growth is expected in Q4 alongside the launch of The Division 2 in the very near future.

It turns out that internal metrics for The Division 2 are looking quite good for the title, as Ubisoft has reported record numbers for the beta signups and six times the orders through Ubisoft’s own storefront. This is apparently one of the big motivating factors for moving the title off of Steam and onto the Epic store, as it exposes Ubisoft to a different market and is meant to drive more people to Ubisoft’s own client where they have more complete control. Mission accomplished, it appears; let’s see if that leads to the record-breaking numbers the company wants.

Source: Earnings report via GameIndustry.biz (1, 2)

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xanadox

I would like TD2 to be a success. I have been playing TD1 and the game has changed from what it was at launch.
I don’t agree with the “It turns out that internal metrics for The Division 2 are looking quite good for the title”. You can already find a 20% discount in the ubi shop and they give you another Ubi blockbuster if you buy it:
https://www.polygon.com/2019/2/13/18223923/tom-clancys-the-division-2-preorder-free-game-pc

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Reht

If you mean the discount you can purchase using their coins, it doesn’t work on their newest games including Div2.

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xanadox

oh, so misleading advertising…
I had my copy from the Humble Store.

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Reht

Yeah, i was surprised when i tried to apply it and it wouldn’t work. Luckily Greenman Gaming had a 15% off presale.

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rafael12104

Well, looky there. AAA made a lesser profit and didn’t fire people right and left. Heh.

I think the Div2 will do just fine. From the little I’ve seen and discussions here, it still Division but with tweaks here and there that should make it better.

Either way, there is a fanbase ready and, my guess, new customers given that Ubi has been listening to gamers lately.

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Danny Smith

Honestly i’m expecting The Division 2 to end up doing better than anthem or destiny 2 but to much less fanfare because its a safe sequel. Kind of how the assassins creed games sell a lot but i dont know anyone who gushes about how much fun they have playing them.

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Reht

While i don’t want to see Anthem do poorly, i certainly hope you are right since i am more excited about Div 2.

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K38FishTacos

I got my key from Green Man Gaming with a 15% discount. I just popped it into Uplay and will launch from that directly.

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Mark Jacobs

Without a doubt one of the best headlines ever that centers on an earnings report.

I bet the Brothers G at Ubisoft are going to be loving that headline.

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Godnaz

Uplay provides all of the services Epic Launcher cannot and its required to play Ubisoft games. A shame it’s not on Steam but we’ve been use to this since Farcry 3. I’m happy Epic isn’t a requirement.

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zerohunt

I actually think the sales of Division 2 are going to be higher on Uplay than Epic’s store front because of that.

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A Dad Supreme

“This is apparently one of the big motivating factors for moving the title off of Steam and onto the Epic store, as it exposes Ubisoft to a different market and is meant to drive more people to Ubisoft’s own client where they have more complete control.”

I’m playing on PS4, so I can largely ignore all of the boring “client vs client” debate that’s all the rage everywhere now, right?

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Reht

I am playing on PC and i largely ignore all of the boring “client vs client” debate. Couldn’t care less.

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A Dad Supreme

Yeah, I’m curious as to how people are jumping into this as if it’s so important.

I look for a game I want to play. Then I see if it’s on PS4. If it isn’t (Cuphead), then I see if it’s on PC. If it is I get it.

If it’s Xbox only, I say “Oh well” and move on.

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Reht

Personally, I have never been a fan of Steam. I have never used Steam reviews as any kind of indicator about a game; have little to no faith in the reviews since most seem to be shitposts from what i have seen. That and the refund policy (i have only used it once for Bless since i don’t buy games on Steam anyway) are the only things that separate steam and competitors to me. While i don’t care too much for having a bunch of launchers, it’s not a deal breaker for me. I am used to getting review information elsewhere already.

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Zora

I’m lucky like that as well, not even having my PS4 plugged into the router and functioning as those wee lil boxes have for decades. It’s nice to just turn the switch on and play, without having to worry about a damn thing <3

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Veldara

I never bought Ubisoft titles off of Steam anyway and had always bought them directly through Uplay or through their Amazon storefront. Saves me having to open two launchers to play one game.

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Danny Smith

No but you can ignore the inevitable “the dark zones are full of hackers” shit that will go down on the pc version within hours.