Assassin's Creed, Far Cry 4, and The Crew Lead Rousing Holiday Quarter For Ubisoft
Ubisoft has announced its third fiscal quarter earnings for 2014-15, including the number of games shipped in its biggest franchises.
Ahead of its third-quarter earnings call, Ubisoft announced that it has shipped (i.e. sold to retailers) 10 million combined copies of Assassin's Creed Rogue and the beleaguered Assassin's Creed Unity. Far Cry 4 shipped 7 million units by itself, while The Crew shipped an impressive 2 million units, making it the number-one racing game of those released in 2014's holiday window.
Other boasting points for Ubisoft include Just Dance, which shipped 4 million units, and Watch Dogs, which is up to 10 million units shipped since its May 2014 release, making it the second largest new IP release in the US.
As always, it's worth noting the difference between games sold, and games shipped to retailers. Shipped games, like the numbers listed above, usually involve price agreements between the publisher and retailers. If Ubisoft has shipped too many copies and retailers begin selling them at discounted prices, that could affect the publisher's bottom line.