Ubisoft bets on major mobile game for future growth (it’s Assassin’s Creed, right?)

 

Ubisoft hyped the hell out of a mobile game licensing agreement that it is confident will drive future growth during an earnings call yesterday.

It would not confirm exactly what it was or even which company the agreement is with, but it did say that it is a triple-A game based on Ubisoft IP, it is not coming this year and has not already been announced. 

With The Division: Resurgence and Rainbow Six Mobile already announced and a Far Cry mobile game unlikely to have the huge impact Ubisoft describes, it is surely something to do with the jewel in Ubisoft’s crown: Assassin’s Creed.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillmot and CFO Frederick Duguet.

“This is a major partnership that will allow us to increase our mobile footprint for years to come,” said CEO Yves Guillemot. “The partnership is built upon a sizeable upfront component that will positively impact the P&L this fiscal year. It is a revenue share scheme for the future. So this is a licensing agreement on one IP that includes one game, and we will say more in the future. What we can say is that this is not a game that is planned for this year, this is still an unannounced game.”

CFO Frederick Duguet added: “So yes we’re talking about a triple-A brand, including one game, and yes this is a multi-year partnership. And what we should add is that this is a non-exclusive deal meaning that we will be able also to develop our own mobile game on that IP.”

Ubisoft also said elsewhere during the financial results that it would be announcing the “future of the Assassin’s Creed brand” in September.