Ubisoft has released their latest financial forecast information, which has revealed a lot of new details about upcoming games. Along with the fact that Assassin’s Creed will be skipping 2016, it also clarified exactly when fans can expect Watch Dogs 2 to hit. According to the financial report, the sequel will arrive some time before April 2017, hinting at a possible E3 2016 unveiling in the near future.
“In 2016-17 the Company expects to achieve sales of around €1,700 million, non-IFRS operating income of approximately €230 million and strong free cash flow generation,” reads the Ubisoft report. “Ubisoft will launch a very high-quality line-up, including For Honor®, South Park(TM) the Fractured but Whole(TM), Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® WildLands, the next instalment of Watchdogs®, and a new high-potential AAA brand with strong digital live services. Growth also will be driven by further increases in revenues for the digital segment and the back catalog.”
Watch Dogs has been a contentious game ever since it was first shown off a few years ago. The game looked magnificent and seemed to show off a lot of gameplay opportunities that other series don’t offer. Unfortunately, as the game got closer to launch these qualities diminished, some of which dropped significantly, such as the graphical fidelity. The game eventually launched to massive sales, but a mixed response from critics and gamers alike.
A sequel seems like it could right the wrongs of the first game, fine tuning a lot of the things that were overpromised the first time. Ubisoft is much more practiced with the PS4 and Xbox One, allowing for higher graphical quality without sacrificing too much in terms of gameplay.
Along with Watch Dogs, the report also stipulated that For Honor, South Park: The Fractured but Whole, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: WildLands would all arrive before the end of April 2017.