Ubisoft: next-gen pre-orders performing better than current-gen

Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed IV pre-orders selling better on PS4 and Xbox One

Pre-orders for next-gen editions of games including Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag are performing better than their current-gen counterparts, according to Ubisoft's European boss.

Speaking to MCV, Corre said the figures reflect a quicker transition to next-generation consoles than the publisher had expected.


"The fans are really excited to get their hands on the new technology," he said. "It has been eight years without a home console from Sony or Microsoft so we feel a lot of excitement from our fans for Watch Dogs or Assassin's Creed IV. The pre-orders we are getting are much bigger on our next-gen games."

Corre said that new consoles will serve to attract audiences that may have dropped off due to the long incumbency of the current consoles.

"There is a number of good quality products at launch [for each console]. I think that will bring back a lot of lapsed gamers and it will also seduce new consumers to spend some more time on interactive entertainment."

Corre's comments follow similar statements by Yves Guillemot last month. He said that pre-order numbers for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were exceeding those for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

At the time, Guillemot said Ubisoft's software was performing "really well".

"We think we will have positive growth from the 12-month from launch, we should see more than double-digit increase of the market in calendar 2014."

Ubisoft's current next-gen line-up includes Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, The Division and The Crew.