Publisher to refocuse its efforts in 2011.
January 13, 2010 - Ubisoft announced during its third quarter 2009 fiscal update this morning that both Splinter Cell: Conviction and R.U.S.E will now be shipping during its 2011 fiscal year, which begins on April 2010.
Ubisoft did not provide a specific release date for either title, only confirming Splinter Cell: Conviction will ship in April. No release date for R.U.S.E was provided.
This news highlights the financial troubles for Ubisoft, as the company now expects to end its fiscal year with a current operating loss.
"Despite a number of highly successful titles, such as Assassin's Creed II – which is expected to reach 9 million sell-in units by the end of March 2010 – and Just Dance – our great Wii success during the holiday season – Ubisoft has not met its financial targets," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot,
Ubisoft hopes to rebound in fiscal 2011 as the company plans to focus more on developing titles for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
"Ubisoft has already demonstrated its capacity for success in the high-end games market thanks to Assassin's Creed II, with sales 40 percent higher than for the first title," Guillemot added. "The 2010-11 line-up – which is stronger in franchises for Xbox360 and PS3 – reflects our refocused efforts and should enable us to both win market share and enhance our profitability."