Ubisoft's Live-Service Success Means You'll Be Playing the Same Games for Longer

Annual releases give way to annual content roadmaps.

News by Matt Kim, .

We know that live service games are the hot trend in the video game industry, but it's not until we see how these games affect a video game company's bottom-line do we realize, "holy crap live service games are popular." Take today's Ubisoft earnings call for its most recent quarter where CEO Yves Guillemot praised Ubisoft's live-service approach. The charts don't lie, as they show how well these games have done for Ubisoft.

According to some charts Ubisoft released as part of its earnings call, the revenue for live service games can be more than half of what the game made in its first year, versus the 13 percent for traditional games.

With this model, Ubisoft can release fewer games a year, but thanks to the live service model, keep games like Rainbow Six Siege and Ghost Recon Wildlands in the conversation for far longer. Years after the games first release even.

It's telling that Ubisoft refrained from confirming a new, annual Assassin's Creed title at this year's earnings call, instead confirming its commitment to release further content updates to Assassin's Creed Origins.

This live model isn't necessarily a bad thing mind you. Rainbow Six Siege is probably better than it's ever been. But for those of you accustomed to an annual Assassin's Creed or Far Cry game, it's clear that Ubisoft is in on the live-service model which will keep games like For Honor alive much longer than they used to be.

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  • Avatar for MetManMas #1 MetManMas 8 months ago
    I'm not a huge fan of Games As Services (or GAS as I call them), but as long as it's a game that I like and the new content is good then chances are good I will be there.

    Still hoping Final Fantasy XV will eventually go more of an "open world with mini games" route with its online multiplayer, like a GTA Online with monsters and chocobos in it.
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  • Avatar for hester2 #2 hester2 8 months ago
    I'm on board with this approach as long as it doesn't come across as predatory. I'm all for more AC:O content, and the details of the FC5 season pass (especially the inclusion of FC3) make me tempted to buy my first one of those (passes, not Far Cry) in years.
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    I usually play games live but playing games on live servers isn't comfortable than playing on any game station. I think using a game console and HD screens is better. But the most convenient thing is, the games are free and easily we can get access to the larger collection of games on different sites.
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