Ubisoft Rights The Ship In Fiscal Year 2015, Posting Surges In Revenue, Profits

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Ubisoft Rights The Ship In Fiscal Year 2015, Posting Surges In Revenue, Profits

Ubisoft has announced its results for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. The company has posted increased revenues and profits, holding firm on its upcoming lineup plans.

Ubisoft reports €1.46 billion ($1.63 billion) in sales for this year, up from €1 billion ($1.12 billion) in the last fiscal year. Operating income jumped from a loss of €65.6 million ($73.2 million) last year to a positive result of €170.1 million ($189.9 million). Likewise, last year’s net loss of €49.3 million ($55 million) has been improved to profits of €112.7 million ($125.8 million).  

The publisher also notes that three of its releases were in the top seven best-sellers of 2014: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 4, and Watch Dogs. Echoing a trend we’ve seen across the industry, digital revenues are up for Ubisoft.

Free-To-Play Transformers-Style MOBA Airmech Arena Available Now On Xbox One

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Free-To-Play Transformers-Style MOBA Airmech Arena Available Now On Xbox One

Airmech Arena, a MOBA-style game with heavier RTS elements and transforming heroes, is now available on Xbox One. The title began its life on PC, before making its way to Xbox 360 via publisher Ubisoft.

Carbon Games’ title features different aircraft, each of which can carry smaller autonomous units generated at friendly bases. They can also get into air combat in vehicle mode and transform to take on land-bound troops.

The title is free-to-play with cosmetic items, additional minion units, and defensive emplacements available to purchase (via in-game and real money currency) to create an ideal loadout. For more, you can read impressions of the Xbox 360 version

2015 Video Game Release Schedule

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2015 Video Game Release Schedule

It wasn’t even September when readers started asking when we’d publish the initial list of 2015 release dates. Our ever-popular and regularly updated roster of launch dates for the new year is here.

If you see anything we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. Prior to that, they will appear in the bottom grouping.

[Update] Classic RPG Grandia II Confirmed For HD Steam Release

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[Update] Classic RPG Grandia II Confirmed For HD Steam Release

Update: Gung Ho has confirmed that Grandia II has entered development for PC. The publisher says it was chosen based on responses to the recent survey focused on Game Arts titles.

The Dreamcast version of the game will serve as the basis for the HD update, with the title supporting keyboard and mouse or gamepad, depending on player preference. Steam achievements and trading cards will also be integrated into the new release.

No release window has yet been specified, as work on the update has just begun.

Square Enix Closes Out Fiscal Year 2015 With Significant Increase In Income

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Square Enix Closes Out Fiscal Year 2015 With Significant Increase In Income

Square Enix appears to be headed in the right direction, with the most recent fiscal year a positive one. The company has reported its earnings for the period ending March 31, 2015, with gains in sales, operating income, and net income.

Revenues jumped 8.3 percent compared to last year, as the company brought in ¥167.9 billion ($1.4 billion). Operating income increased by 55.8 percent to ¥16.4 billion ($136.8 million) and profits climbed by 49 percent to ¥9.8 billion ($81.7 million).

The company is forecasting gains across the board for the current year, with major titles on the horizon. The company lists Rise of the Tomb Raider for Xbox One and Just Cause 3 for current-gen and PC, both for this holiday.

Konami Reports Increased Profit, Only One Console Game Listed For Global Release

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Konami Reports Increased Profit, Only One Console Game Listed For Global Release

Konami closed out its fiscal year with increased operating and net profit. Unfortunately for fans of the publisher’s console games, the division reported reduced sales (though operating income was slightly elevated).

On the corporate level, Konami posted profits of ¥9.5 billion ($79.2 million), up from ¥3.8 billion ($31.7 million) last year. The company projects this to remain constant through fiscal 2016.

The digital entertainment division (home of console and PC gaming) recognized sales of ¥97 billion ($808.9 million), down from ¥104.3 billion ($869.8 million). Since the fiscal year that closed on March 31, 2012, Konami’s digital entertainment division has posted steady decreases amounting to a drop of ¥43.4 billion ($361.9 million) or 30 percent.

Reader Discussion: What's Your Temperature On Splatoon?

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Reader Discussion: What's Your Temperature On Splatoon?

Nintendo's family friendly Wii U shooter Splatoon hits later this month, but with this past weekend's Global Testfire giving many fans their first chance to try out the game, we want to know where you currently stand with the messy title.

I was personally unsure about the game's mechanics and how it would handle, but after playing for a couple hours during the Global Testfire, I'm now among those who are excited for the fast-paced ink-fest. I loved the frantic action, and the awesome soundtrack that matches it.

Did you have a chance to try out the Global Testfire? If so, did your opinion of Splatoon change? Did you like the gyro controls, or did you figure out how to turn them off? Are you planning on picking up Splatoon when it launches later this month?

Report: Classic RPG Grandia II Releasing On Steam In HD

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Report: Classic RPG Grandia II Releasing On Steam In HD

Fans of classic RPGs have something to be excited about according to a recent report from GameSpot. The report states that Grandia II, the classic RPG that debuted on the Sega Dreamcast in 2000, is coming to Steam and will be remastered with HD graphics.

The report also states that the release will be based on the Dreamcast version and will support both mouse/keyboard and gamepad control schemes. In addition, the new version will feature Steam achievements, as well as Trading Card functionality. 

This isn't the first time Grandia II has hit PCs, as it was ported to Windows in 2002 shortly after the game made the leap to PlayStation 2. We'll update the story if we receive confirmation of this report.