Not Playing Far Cry 6 Enough? Ubisoft Will SPAM You

I like Far Cry 6. It’s a rinse and repeat of previous games in the series with a ton of stuff to do, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a decent title to hold you over until the bigger holiday games release (Halo… cough). With that said, the play mechanics are getting long in the tooth and I can totally see myself abandoning the game the moment something fresher comes out.

However, when the inevitable breakup does occur, expect Ubisoft to act like the crazy ex and begin stalking you, as GamesIndustry.biz Managing Editor Brendan Sinclair learned when he got an e-mail titled, “It was amusing watching you fail.”

Really Ubisoft? No thank you. This feels desperate and a bit of an overreach. I’m already uncomfortable knowing that companies are actively tracking my every move, but for Ubisoft to throw this in my face feels creepy. Clingy ex-girlfriend creepy.

Listen Ubisoft, it’s not you, it’s me. Get over it.

[Source: Twitter]

Far Cry 6 Announced – El Presidente Antón Castillo Up For Father of the Year

Ubisoft is dealing with a lot of shit right now which is no bueno. However, they did announce Far Cry 6, which mucho bueno.

There is no gameplay in the initial trailer, but the production and storyline looks top notch.

Father of the year material here.

The Far Cry series has always been about its batshit crazy antagonists and it looks like that tradition continues.

Far Cry 6 is slated for a February 18 2021 release, coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and PC (via Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store)… and a partridge and a pear tree.

Xbox One and PS4 owners who opt to wait out the release on the PS5 and Series X will be eligible for free upgrades, when the make the plunge.

[Source: Ubisoft]

Creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Working on a Show About Gaming with Ubisoft

For a pastime as popular as gaming, one would think that there would be more shows and movies on the topic.

There’s Grandma’s Boy, a serviceable comedy with one of my personal favorite scenes ever.

There was the short lived sitcom I Feel Bad on NBC, which starred a mother who was a designer at a video game developer, but that show got shitcanned.

Ubisoft however, along with the creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are looking to make the leap and create a new show about my favorite hobby.

The new show in the works by Rob McElhenney is named after a fictional video game called Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. The game is apparently the most popular MMO in the world and the show covers the shenanigans that goes on in the background as the devs try to launch an expansion.

The is going to be exclusive to Apple TV, so…. yeah. Good luck.

Ubisoft Executives Fined €1.2 million for Insider Trading

Ubisoft is going to through a tough stretch right now on the corporate side of things.

First off, there’s Vivendi, who’s denying that they are trying to acquire the French publisher, while totally trying to acquire the French publisher. Now, Ubisoft has been hit by a fine by French stock market regulators for insider trading.

The Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) accused Ubisoft Montreal  CEO Yannis Mallat as well as four other executives for selling shares of their stock in October, 2013, just before the announced delay of  Watch Dogs and The Crew. Due to those delays, Ubisoft’s stock took a 25% hit.

Ubisoft provided the following statement to Kotaku regarding the fines:

“Ubisoft acknowledges the AMF’s decision, but continues to assert that the people involved acted in good faith… We are convinced that these team members did not intentionally commit any acts contrary to market regulations.”

According to Kotaku, Ubisoft claims that the executives weren’t in a position to know about the the delays when they sold off their shares and will fight the AMF.

Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat – €700,000

Ubisoft VP of corporate affairs Francis Baillet – €200,000

Ubisoft worldwide studios exec director Christine Burgess – €200 000

Ubisoft Montreal VP of executive operations Olivier Paris – €100,000

Ubisoft brand development director Damien Moret – €15,000

I’m not at all familiar with Ubisoft’s corporate structure, but these are some high ranking people. It seems that these individuals should have known about these high profile delays.

Vivendi Claims They’re Not Trying to Take Over Ubisoft While Totally Trying to Take Over Ubisoft

French media conglomerate Vivendi, cannot help itself from buying shares of video game publisher Ubisoft apparently.

On December 7, Vivendi announced that it has acquired even more shares in Ubisoft giving them stake of 25.15% in the compnay. Vivendi claims to now hold 22.92% of voting rights in the French game publisher. However, they are totally not trying to take over Ubisoft guys, they totally said so.

Gamasutra reports that, “If [Vivendi] manages to acquire a 30 percent stake in [Ubisoft], it’ll be forced by French law to table a mandatory takeover bid and pursue a controlling stake…”

In a statement on Vivendi’s own  site, they claim that “Vivendi is considering continuing to acquire shares depending on market conditions.” So it certainly sounds like they positioning themselves for a takeover, given that they need to acquire less than 5% more shares. Also, earlier in the year, Vivendi acquired mobile game publisher Gameloft, which was founded by Michel Guillemot, brother of Ubisoft founder Yves Guillemot. It certainly seems that some shenanigans are afoot here.

Ubisoft is obviously not happy about these developments and provided the following statement to GameSpot:

“This is another indication that Vivendi is continuing its ill-advised and value-destructive approach of attempting to take creeping control of companies like Ubisoft… As we’ve said previously, we are undeterred by these actions and remain focused on providing the best experiences to our players and fans, and to delivering long-term value for all of our shareholders.”

Certainly feels like it’s not the merriest of holidays right now for the folks at Ubisoft.