Ubisoft Plans Five Triple-A Titles During Next Fiscal Year, Including The Division

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Ubisoft Plans Five Triple-A Titles During Next Fiscal Year, Including The Division

Ubisoft has set expectations for its triple-A portfolio for the coming fiscal year. The company has re-affirmed releases of anticipated titles for the year ending March 31, 2016.

For those wondering about The Division, Ubisoft still says to expect it in the coming financial year. Note that this doesn’t necessarily mean 2015, as the final quarter occurs in 2016.

Additionally, Rainbow Six Siege is still on track for the coming fiscal period. Assassin’s Creed, which was confirmed earlier this year following a leak, is also not taking a year off.

Jawas Steal Storm Trooper’s Pants In Fan-Made LittleBigPlanet Star Wars Trailer

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The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens sparked a lot of Internet debate when it was unveiled late last year.

Millions of people flooded social media with rumors and speculation, but while we were busy worrying about practical effects and the viability of a certain lightsaber hilt, Jamie Colliver was doing what he does best. We’ve already covered Colliver’s work recreating scenes from Game of Thrones and Final Fantasy VII, and this spoofy take on the widely debated trailer is just as good.

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Assassin's Creed Movie Is Now In Production

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Assassin's Creed Movie Is Now In Production

Ubisoft has announced that the much-discussed Assassin's Creed film has finally been greenlit and is now in production.

Ubisoft announced a deal with New Regency for an Assassin's Creed film back in 2012, which included Michael Fassbender signing on as the lead actor. Since then the status of the movie has been in question, due in part to a delay in the projected release.

Today during Ubisoft's third-quarter fiscal earnings call, the publisher offered an update, announcing that the film has officially been greenlit and is now in production. Ubisoft says the film is on track to meet its new 2016 release date, which was announced last month.

Borderland Pop! Series Coming Soon

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Borderland Pop! Series Coming Soon

Funko announced today that they will be introducing a Borderlands Pop! Figure line in the near future. The characters included will be three versions of Claptrap (Normal Claptrap, Blue Claptrap, and Gentleman Claptrap), a Psycho, Mad Moxxi, and Handsome Jack.

You can preorder the Borderlands Pop figures through Gamestop starting today. The figures each cost $9.99 and the Blue Claptrap and Gentleman Claptrap are Gamestop exclusive. [Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer's parent company]. For more Funko figures, check out the recently revealed Evolve Pop! line and even more at Funko’s website.

Assassin's Creed, Far Cry 4, and The Crew Lead Rousing Holiday Quarter For Ubisoft

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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.

Ubisoft Announces 50 Percent Year-Over-Year Sales Increase For Holiday Quarter

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Ubisoft Announces 50 Percent Year-Over-Year Sales Increase For Holiday Quarter

Ubisoft has reported its third fiscal quarter sales and earnings, with good news following a rocky set of releases. Despite the massive problems facing Assassin’s Creed Unity and other issues with Far Cry 4 and The Crew, the company reports sales increases of nearly 49.5 percent (at constant exchange rate) for the holiday 2014 quarter.

The company shipped two Assassin’s Creed games, Far Cry 4, and the Crew during the period ending December 31, 2014. This led to revenues of €809.7 million ($916 million) up from €519.7 million ($587.9 million). The increase was to be expected after the late stage delay of Watch Dogs out of the Holiday 2013 season (and away from the launch of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4).

Ubisoft exceeded its forecast for the quarter. The publisher had previously projected sales of €730 million ($825.8 million). 

Windwalkers Kickstarter Seeks To Adapt Popular French Sci-Fi Novel

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Windwalkers Kickstarter Seeks To Adapt Popular French Sci-Fi Novel

Transmedia projects have had a rough ride when it comes to the video game components. Hawken hasn’t quite lived up to its promise and Trion Worlds’ Defiance fell on its face at launch. Now, another company is giving it a go on Kickstarter.

Windwalkers tells the story of the 34th (and probably final) horde of explorers seeking to find the source of devastating winds ravaging the world. Forge animation has worked with author Alain Damasio to adapt his science fiction novel La Horde du Contrevent (The Horde of the Counterwind) to envision an animated film, comic books, and a video game.

The Kickstarter campaign will fund the development of the game (already in progress on CryEngine 3) should it reach its $330,000 CAD ($261,743) goal. You can see footage in progress below (note that Forge Animation says that the demo below has already been revised and reworked.

We Almost Got Official Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Action Figures

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Every day, there are stories of missed opportunities in the gaming world. We hear about licenses that could have been shepherded by unexpected developers and games that were canceled before the public was even aware of them (Andrew Reiner’s story about the Darth Maul game among them).

This story caught our attention because it seems like it would have been an easy win. Each day, NECA (a higher end action figure and collectibles company responsible for a recent series of 8-bit homages) fields questions from fans on Twitter.

The company works with movie monsters (Jason from Friday the 13th, for instance), video games (Halo, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands, and others), and other properties. One that slipped through its fingers was a side-project from publisher Ubisoft, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

Sega Projects Net Loss As Sonic Boom Skids With Under 500,000 Copies Sold

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With recent layoffs and the announcement of abandoning its long-time North American headquarters in San Francisco, we knew that Sega wasn’t have its best year. Today’s earnings release puts a fine point on that, as the company now projects a year-end loss following a down holiday quarter.

Sega announced net sales for the quarter of ¥113.27 billion ($945.78 million), down from ¥141.75 billion ($1.18 billion) during the same quarter last year. Profits for the holiday quarter, typically a strong one, are down over 93 percent from ¥32.98 billion ($275.4 million) last year to ¥2.06 billion (17.16 million) in the most recently completed quarter.

While Alien: Isolation performed well across five platforms with 1.76 million copies shipped, Sega’s partnership with Nintendo didn’t bear much fruit. The two Sonic Boom titles shipped a combined 490,000 copies. Neither reviewed particularly well.