Ubisoft CFO Frederick Duguet and CEO Yves Guillemot have spoken in a recent earnings call and mentioned that they are moving away from a reliance on AAA video games and will instead look at supporting older titles and creating a number of free-to play games.
This news doesn’t mean they won’t continue making high budget video games as for the period from April 2021 through March 2022, Ubisoft is planning to release three AAA game releases.
“We said for a number of years that our normal template is to come with either three or four AAA games, so we’ll stick to that plan for fiscal 2022. But we see that we are progressively, continuously moving from a model that used to be only focused on AAA releases to a model where we have a combination of strong releases from AAA and strong back catalog dynamics, but also complimenting our program of new releases with free-to-play and other premium experiences.”
Ubisoft CFO Frederick Duguet
“We are continuing to move toward an increasingly pronounced recurrence of our revenues on the back of growing audiences,” said Guillemot. “Therefore, we expect our highly-profitable back catalog to account for an even larger share of our business going forward.”
CEO Yves Guillemot