Ubisoft has introduced that it is partnering with Netflix to launch three unique cell video games on the corporate’s subscription service. The three titles will all be authentic video games based mostly on current Ubisoft franchises, and might be out there to subscribers globally with out in-game advertisements or microtransactions.
The two firms introduced the partnership throughout final Saturday’s Ubisoft Forward occasion, the place the Assassin’s Creed writer confirmed off quite a lot of upcoming titles that may usually debut through the E3 advertising window.
This 12 months the corporate didn’t take part in Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, selecting to punt its mega-marketing spree to later within the 12 months.
The three video games headed to Netflix embrace a sequel to World War I-themed journey recreation Valiant Hearts: The Great War, a roguelike model of Ubisoft’s The Mighty Quest collection, and an authentic Assassin’s Creed recreation optimized for cell.
That Assassin’s Creed recreation is likely to be linked to the live-action Assassin’s Creed TV present that Netflix is already growing. Though no direct hyperlink was said through the occasion, a Netflix put up unveiling the partnership makes a really suggestive connection between the 2 tasks.
Netflix’s rising recreation ambitions
Earlier this 12 months, Netflix revealed that it is also engaged on animated diversifications of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. It’s attention-grabbing to see that neither franchise might be represented amongst Ubisoft’s first video games for Netflix.
Today’s announcement makes Ubisoft the most important recreation developer up to now that is introduced plans to publish video games on Netflix’s subscription service. There’s good motive for each firms to buddy up like this.
Netflix has been shopping for up a number of studios in a bid to speed up its video games output, however having an skilled writer like Ubisoft available that additionally has an curiosity in adapting its different franchises creates progress alternatives for the streaming service.
Having extra distinguished recreation franchises available may additionally assist get extra gamers to really check out its video games. Allegedly, solely one % of Netflix subscribers have downloaded any titles.
For Ubisoft’s half, there appears to be acknowledgement from firm management that it must experiment with new enterprise fashions to proceed rising and incomes revenue. The Washington Post reported on Saturday that firm executives met up for an off-site, the place CEO Yves Guillemot burdened the necessity for evolution and adaptation within the face of shifting financial challenges for the corporate.
“This might be a difficult and unforgiving journey: Either you retain up the tempo of change or you might be out,” Guillemot reportedly advised attending firm leaders.
It wasn’t clear if stated assembly addressed continued considerations by builders in regards to the firm’s alleged tradition of sexual harassment and abuse throughout its studios. Last week, members of employee advocacy group A Better Ubisoft indicated that the corporate has nonetheless not absolutely reformed its troubled previous.