During Ubisoft’s financial conference call for analysts and investors, CFO Alain Martinez talked briefly about the new Assassin’s Creed that will release this fiscal year (before March 31st, 2018).
Martinez was asked if the new Assassin’s Creed would feature live services, and he mentioned that all of Ubisoft’s games will include live operations, even if there will be different types: the live operations of Ghost Recon are different from those of Rainbow Six, and will be different from the ones featured in the new Assassin’s Creed.
That being said, the philosophy of all the upcoming games will be to justify and bring live operations for a “long life, as long as its fits for the game.” The company is now aiming to achieve over 25% of its revenue coming from recurring player investment, and the new Assassin’s Creed will be included in that percentage.
Earlier in the call, CEO Yves Guillemot also declined to comment on whether Assassin’s Creed will return to its original status as an annual franchise.
Today Ubisoft released its financial results for Fiscal Year 2016/2017, and you can read them here. The publisher also confirmed that this year we’ll get Far Cry 5 (about which they teased info coming “very soon”) and The Crew 2 on top of the new Assassin’s Creed. They also teased a new IP coming in fiscal year 2018/2019.