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Ubisoft: Splinter Cell Blacklist and Rayman Legends have underperformed

Watch Dogs and The Crew delays not the only factors for amended fiscal year forecast

Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends have not performed as well as Ubisoft predicted, according to comments made during an investors conference call earlier today.

While the delay of Watch Dogs and The Crew into the next fiscal year has affected the Ubisoft's sales forecast for the 2013 fiscal year, factors such as exchange rate fluctuation and the performance of other key franchises have also had an effect.

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When pressed on the amended forecast, the Ubisoft representative admitted that Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends have both performed below expectations.

"As we have said we have experienced lower sales than we anticipated when we gave our targets," Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez said. "Already released games such as Splinter Cell, Rayman and others."

These results are attributed to consumer reluctance to invest in new titles leading up to the next-generation of titles, though the extent to which the titles have underperformed is not specified. Watch Dogs' delay was clearly considered the greatest factor.

"Watch Dogs was trending towards the higher part of our guidance because the pre-orders were very good," the exec said. "We had more units than we had on the original plan."

CEO Yves Guillemot added that the publisher hopes Watch Dogs will join its other major blockbuster series'.

"In a world of mega-blockbusters we have come to the conclusion that the team needed more time to realise the game's potential," he said. "We consider it to be a long term pillar of our future performance, alongside the likes of Assassin's Creed and Far Cry."

Ubisoft initially forecast a $1.94 billion income figure by the end of the 2013 fiscal year, but is now expecting only $1.38 billion.

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