Ubisoft To Launch “New AAA IP” Before March 2017

It was Ubisoft’s turn yesterday to report to their investors, and they laid out their release plans between now and March 2017. Those plans include the arrival of four games we know about – Watch_Dogs 2, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, For Honor – and, perhaps more excitingly, one we do not. That new game won’t be a sequel but a “new AAA IP”.

So says this slide from the report, anyway. If all these games are coming before March 2017 – or at least planning to, since these things often change – then it suggests Ubisoft will have a lot to show at next month’s E3.

I have difficulty these days of keeping track of what “AAA” actually means. Presumably that excludes games like Rayman Legends and Child of Light, but does it include games like For Honor, which is pretty and action-y but perhaps less content rich than your typical Ubisoft open-world map cleaner?

To be clear, I like Ubisoft’s map cleaners, but I do hope whatever they’re making doesn’t involve climbing towers to reveal parts of the map and a series of side quests on which your character involuntarily ingests drugs that make the game’s colours go wibbly.

The same image contains another interesting titbit: Ubisoft’s back catalogue of games now accounts for 30% of their total revenue. That’s an obvious consequence of the rise of digital distribution, through which games are available direct from source in perpetuity instead of being replaced on shelves with second-hand copies, but I’m still slightly surprised it accounts for so much of the money they’re making.

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17 Comments

  1. Werthead says:

    “I do hope whatever they’re making doesn’t involve climbing towers to reveal parts of the map and a series of side quests on which your character involuntarily ingests drugs that make the game’s colours go wibbly.”

    Announcing the hot new Double-Triple AAA franchise from Ubisoft: “OCD STEEPLEJACK JUNKIE!”

  2. Andrew says:

    “Beyond Good and Evil 2” confirmed.

  3. GameCat says:

    AAA? I’ll pass.

    But please do something like Grow Home.

    • Maxheadroom says:

      We should reserve judgement I guess but yeah, “Triple A” to me these days mostly conjures up images of just another dreary man-shooter with some bro-dude on the cover holding a gun

  4. Shiloh says:

    Ooh I’d completely forgotten about the new South Park game.

    Enjoyed the last one a lot.

  5. KenTWOu says:

    Hope it’s Clint Hocking’s game.

  6. grimdanfango says:

    Ubisoft’s definition of AAA is quite specific – it’ll be an open-world game where you climb towers to reveal the map, and then wander around doing generic filler content until you can craft better gear.

  7. DDark says:

    I just want another Prince of Persia. Particularly the 2008’s sequel, just finish the story so I can give up on this series.

  8. NegativeZero says:

    Finally, a new Prince of Persia reboot?