This Week In The Business: Fewer, Bigger, Better, Later

"What we see now is we can launch games whenever we are ready and whenever we want, just because there's a good appetite for new products on the market thanks to the fact that there are less big games coming to the industry. That gives us the possibility to choose when to launch, because it's really the quality that will make the difference." — Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explains why AAA game delays are more common these days.

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STAT | 2.4 per cent — The modest decrease to Ubisoft's full year financial forecast when it delayed its new AAA pirate IP Skull & Bones into the next fiscal year and correspondingly lowered its sales projections by 4 million units.

QUOTE | "We want everyone to be able to experience what is the most ambitious Metro game to date at its absolute best and therefore we have taken the decision to move the release date to Q1 2019." — THQ Nordic confirms a delay for Metro Exodus.

QUOTE | "We don't have any expectations right now. We're simply observing that there are potential opportunities in the future and I'd be very surprised if sports gambling didn't intersect with the industry at some point in the relatively near future." — Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick discusses the Supreme Court's decision to legalise sports gambling on a state-by-state basis, which he says may be "a meaningfully positive influence on our business."

STAT | 1.6 per cent — Percentage of indie developers who chose Xbox One when asked which platform they would release their game on if they could only pick one.

STAT | 4 per cent — Average percentage of storyline achievements unlocked by Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 players according to True Achievements, perhaps explaining why Activision decided to drop the campaign mode from Black Ops 4.

QUOTE | "That was one of my main arguments when I left Starbreeze as well: it takes too long to make a game, and even when you're in the top leadership there are too many variables that you can't control. At least from my perspective, how well you do your job doesn't really matter. You can't control the outcome. It's so much about the circumstances around you." — Jens Andersson explains why he left the company he founded and AAA development in general.

QUOTE | "We always wondered about the 'time to penis' ratio. As it turns out the first one was made by a team member." — Bossa Studios co-founder Henrique Olifiers talks about Worlds Adrift, the company's upcoming MMO in a world full of islands created by the players themselves.

QUOTE | "2D felt very fresh and new, and for me personally, it felt like a chance to go back to the games I grew up with, but reinvent them in HD with proper colours and lots of pixels. And that was the whole premise of the PixelJunk series at the beginning. But now everybody's doing 2D games and now they're everywhere so it doesn't feel quite as fresh." — Q-Games founder Dylan Cuthbert explains why he decided to bring the PixelJunk series into 3D with next week's PixelJunk Monsters 2.

QUOTE | "To me it feels almost like the fruit's just laying around in the field and I can just wander around and pick it up. I'm almost not competing with anybody, which is really weird to me." — Really Bad Chess developer Zach Gage makes quickly cloned games in well-established genres for mass market audiences, but says competition simply isn't a problem.

QUOTE | "We hope that this is only the first step and that you will strategically evaluate all facets of the business to develop a more detailed turnaround plan, which can then be communicated to shareholders." — A group of GameStop investors has called for the retailer to drop its diversification efforts into smartphone and collectibles, apparently believing packaged retail games are the future.


    I'll translate this from the corporate speak, social media has increased the impact of releasing buggy yearly releases to the point sales have dropped for our cookie cutter regurgitated yearly releases and people are able to get the word out about how rushed our games are and the metacritic ratings are starting to hurt and with the totally not Gambling with paying real money for games of chance in our games income per game is up meaning we don't bother completely dropping support as soon as a game is released unless the bugs are causing a PR disaster and we would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those damn kids and that damn dog!

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