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Ubisoft's performance in its most recent fiscal year evidences a strong position going into the new generation. The publisher announced today that sales jumped 13.5 percent (adjusted for currency fluctuation) to 1.256 billion euros ($1.6 billion)and non-audited operating income nearly doubled from 56 million euros last year ($72 million) to 100.3 million euros ($129 million) in 2013.
Assassin's Creed and Just Dance are firmly in the top 20 best selling franchises, with the former sitting at number five and the latter in the twelfth spot. Last year's Assassin's Creed III sold 12.5 million units between retail and digital, with Far Cry 3 moving an impressive 6 million copies. Just Dance 4 continues to carry the series forward with 8.5 million units, though revenue declined from the previous entry by 14 percent.
Ubisoft also mentioned two unannounced titles, one of which is an entirely new intellectual property. With Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Watch Dogs, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and the two other mystery games, Ubisoft is projecting another increase in sales to between 1.42 billion euros ($1.83 billion) and 1.45 billion euros ($1.86 billion).
Following the firing of Patrice Désilets, 1666 (the title he was working on at THQ Montreal, since acquired by Ubisoft) does not appear on the schedule of upcoming titles. According to CEO Yves Guillemot, the game has been put on hold.
[Source: Ubisoft (1), (2)]