Assassin's Creed 2, New Ghost Recon, Red Steel 2 Coming From Ubisoft

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Ubisoft plans to release seven franchise titles, three new brands and four movie licensed games in their 2009/2010 fiscal year, which starts in April, the company said today.


Among the games will be Assassin's Creed 2, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and Anno. The company also plans to release three new brands, including I Am Alive, four movie games, including Avatar and a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and tons more games ending in the letter Z.

"2009-10 looks very promising and our teams are working flat-out to provide gamers with the best the industry has to offer," said Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot. "Our line-up comprises several potential blockbusters with the launch of seven franchises, including Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon, as well as four license-based games including James Cameron's Avatar, three new brands and a further-enhanced casual games portfolio. Although we have to be cautious in light of the current economic environment, we expect Ubisoft to once again be one of the most dynamic and profitable publishers in the games industry in 2009."

Guillemot also let slip that Ubisoft is indeed working on a MotionPlus-sporting Red Steel 2, but declined to discuss any details about the game.

Ubisoft expect the video game market to grow five to 10 percent in 2009 and also expect to invest more in blockbuster games and less on casual ones.

Not that they're giving up on their Petz or Imagine brands.



Sounds exciting to me. Despite the fact that they have their fair amount of shovelware-and that I had to sell it at my last 2 jobs-I have always had a soft spot for Ubi. They always struck me as the sort of company that genuinely cares about their properties. I like to think that they just put out the Babies and Petz crap just to rake in the sucker money to work on their better games. From the first time I played Splinter Cell (when it was Xbox exclusive), and first heard the name Ubisoft, I thought to myself, "a lot of care and research went into this game." And time after time, they were there with new IP's and solid entries into existing franchises that never felt like churned-out sequels. Every Prince of Persia game has been great, most Tom Clancy games have been treated with a keen eye for realism, and never at the expense of engaging gameplay.

Activision still has my nuts with a few franchises, and last year EA made a loyal follower out of me, but Ubi is still my favorite of the three because they have had a continuing, great presence in my gaming life.