In addition to the delay of Watch Dogs, which I detailed over on Gurwin’s Wordin’ yesterday, Ubisoft has also reported that Splinter Cell Blacklist and Rayman Legends — two of the company’s best titles thus far this year — have not performed to expectations, lowering projections for 2013 to roughly $1.4 billion.
While a reduction in projections is never a good thing, this number is actually roughly the same as the company’s 2012 gross profits, which were bolstered by the released of Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and the runaway success of Far Cry 3. This also means that there is a good chance Watch Dogs, The Division, The Crew and a new Assassin’s Creed game will all release in 2014. For this holiday season, Ubisoft will be relying on the success of Assassin’s Creed and South Park: The Stick of Truth, which was originally supposed to release earlier this year while still under THQ’s control.
Today it was also revealed that 2K Marin, the developer behind Bioshock 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, has undergone “massive layoffs,” with one source telling Polygon that the studio may be completely closed. The Bureau was previously predicted to flop, and the game was a pretty big disappointment for me. One also has to wonder how this will affect development of future Bioshock projects, as 2K Marin had previously helped with development.