PS4 Dominates Ubisoft’s Sales Once Again; Xbox One, PC, and Switch Follow

Ubisoft announced its financial results for the fiscal year that recently ended, and as usual PS4 games are at the top of the publisher's sales.

on May 17, 2018 11:52 AM

Today Ubisoft released its financial results for the end of fiscal year 2017-18, which closed on March 31st, 2017.

As usual, Ubisoft provided a breakdown of sales by platforms and region. As usual, games on PS4 are at the top of the chart. Xbox One ranks second, PC third, and Nintendo Switch fourth.

PS4 Dominates Ubisoft's Sales Once Again; Xbox One, PC, and Switch Follow
PS4 Dominates Ubisoft's Sales Once Again; Xbox One, PC, and Switch Follow.

Chief Executive Officer Yves Guillemot also accompanied the press release with a statement, providing information about the performance of the brand.

“Ubisoft ended the fiscal year on a very positive note, with continued excellent execution across the board. The Group further strengthened its brands thanks to the quality of its games, strong live services and a deep commitment to player communities. During the fourth quarter, we reached a record of peak concurrent users thanks to record engagement levels and esports viewership for Rainbow Six Siege, the successful launch of Far Cry 5 – the second biggest launch in Ubisoft’s history – and continued strong performance by Assassin’s Creed Origins, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and our back-catalog titles. As a result, we have outperformed our financial targets, with record-high sales, digital and back-catalog revenues, and profitability.

In the short and medium term, Ubisoft has many growth opportunities to tap and expects further profitability increases. Our digital transformation is progressing at a faster pace than we anticipated. Our potential in the PC and mobile markets is massive, notably in China. Finally, we are continuing to develop and structure our esports offering, which represents a significant opportunity.

Over the longer term, new forms of gaming, enabled notably by streaming, will allow our brands to reach a much wider audience. Consequently, we are investing in our online services platform – which boasted 88 million unique active players – as well as in artificial intelligence in order to better tailor the game experience to each player’s profile and therefore offer them ever-richer experiences.”

The announcement also included a series of highlights of the company’s performance during the period. Ubisoft boasts 310 million dollar in revenue in the release week for Far Cry 5, “record” performance for Assassin’s Creed Origins in the past quarter, thirty million registered players for Rainbow Six Siege, twenty for Tom Clancy’s The Division, and ten for Ghost Recon Wildlands.

  • Total annual sales of €1,731.9 million, up 18.6% year on year, outstripping target of around €1,640.0 million.
    Continued excellent execution across the board:
  • Far Cry 5: Ubisoft’s second biggest release ever with USD 310 million total players spending in the release week
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins: record performance for an Assassin’s Creed game in a fourth fiscal quarter
  • Rainbow Six Siege: more than 30 million registered players, record engagement in fourth-quarter 2017-18 and esports viewership up by approximately 300.0% for the Six Invitational
  • The Division: more than 20 million registered players
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands: more than 10 million registered players Record peak concurrent users for the Group in fourth-quarter 2017-18
  • Annual digital revenue up 37.8% to €1,004.7 million (representing 58.0% of total sales versus 50.0% for the previous fiscal year)
    •  Sharp increase in PRI3
      • up 58.7% to €482.5 million (27.9% of total sales against 20.8% in 2016-17)
        Mobile revenue up 66.2%
  • Annual back-catalog sales up 27.2% to €826.0 million (47.7% of total sales compared with 44.5% in 2016-17), confirming the increasingly recurring profile of the Group’s business.
  • Non-IFRS operating income up 26.2% to €300.1 million, exceeding target of €270.0 million.
  • Non-IFRS operating margin reaches a record high at 17.3% (16.3% in 2016-17)

Last, but not least, the press release showcased a list of Ubisoft’s announced releases in the upcoming months.

PS4 Dominates Ubisoft's Sales Once Again; Xbox One, PC, and Switch Follow

If you’re curious about Ubisoft’s performance over time, you can also check out the previous quarter’s results in our dedicated article from February.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.