Ubisoft will unveil and release new IP this fiscal year. What could it be?
We've known for a while that Ubisoft is making a new IP to release this fiscal year. The company's Fiscal Year 2019 slate, which is from March 2018 through April 2019, will include three major AAA releases: The Division 2, The Crew 2, and something brand new...something that's been in the works for quite some time.
"This fiscal year we are looking to launch very strong titles that will benefit from extended development time that should support their overall performance. The release slate will be made of The Division 2, The Crew 2, and one unannounced franchise that we can't wait to reveal at E3," the company said in its earnings call. "These three games are the result of a huge amount of work and passion of our teams over many years."
But what could this new franchise be? We have a few clues.
Ubisoft's relatively new Berlin studio is currently making a game alongside BlueByte. The last we heard about the game was in April 2017, but details are light: we know it's a AAA strategy RPG for PC, and it could be something related to the Might and Magic series.
"The team in Berlin will work closely with the BlueByte teams in both Düsseldorf and Mainz on an unannounced triple-A project, and will help Ubisoft establish a presence in the German capital," Ubisoft confirmed in an announcement post.
On the other hand Ubisoft Berlin is also collaborating on other franchises like Far Cry. This shouldn't surprise anyone considering huge games like Assassin's Creed are massive cross-studio efforts and not completed by any one group.
In any case, we know one thing for sure about the new IP: it will support live services and continually evolve over time. Whether that's with continually free updates powered by microtransactions or traditional piecemeal DLC as seen with Mario x Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Ubisoft is earning hundreds of millions from player recurring investment.
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