Ubisoft is reporting that two of their recent major releases, Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends, did not meet sales expectations. On top of that, a number of other Ubisoft games released throughout 2013 have underperformed.
"Principally the profit warning is related to the postponement of The Crew and Watch Dogs. We saw some slowdown on the released games; we believe we were below what we were expecting in our initial target."
When asked to clarify, Martinez explained that "already released games" such as Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends have missed sales targets since release.
Ubisoft announced yesterday that Watch Dogs was being delayed until Spring 2014, quite a few months after the originally anticipated Fall 2013 release. The publisher originally anticipated total sales for the 2013 to 2014 fiscal year (between April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014) to reach between $1.92 billion and $1.96 billion. Now, the modified figure is somewhere between €995 million and €1.05 billion (about $1.35 billion and $1.42 billion).