Ubisoft has released its financial results for the Holiday quarter which ended December 31, 2012. This is the publisher's third quarter in its fiscal year. Revenue increase 23 percent to €802 million, from €652 million for the same quarter a year ago.
Assassin's Creed III set a franchise record with more than 12 million units sold at retail and digitally. This is a 70 percent increase over what Assassin's Creed Revelations sold during its first Holiday. Far Cry 3 also sold more than 4.5 million units.
For the first nine months of its fiscal year, Ubisoft sales have surpassed €1 billion, at €1.08 billion. This is a 20 percent increase year-over-year. Sales one year ago were €900. The fiscal year started on April 1, 2012 and ends on March 31, 2013.
Sales grew a massive 143 percent to €55.2 million for the Online segment. DLC sales increased four fold over the course of the nine month period. Rayman Jungle Run and Trials Evolution both continue to show strong sales.
The only negative came from the Casual segment. Just Dance 4 sold well for the Wii and Kinect with eight million units sold. However, this is a 16 percent drop when compared to Just Dance 3.
"Our performance fully validates our long-term choices and the large-scale investments we have been undertaking for several years now, with a sharp ramp-up in games for core gamers and notably our strong comeback into the major segment of shooter games," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.
"Assassin's Creed 3 has reported record-breaking sales of over 12 million units and year after year is marking its position as one of the industry’s major franchises," Guillemot continued. "We have also reestablished Far Cry as one of the major pillars of our offering for core gamers, with Far Cry 3 the highest rated shooter of 2012 for Xbox 360 and winning the Gamespot People's Choice Game of the Year award."
For the full fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2013, Ubisoft has raised its forecast. Ubisoft originally expected sales to be between €1,200 million to €1,260 million, and now expects sales to be between €1,240 million to € 1,260 million.