State of Ubisoft, new Paper Mario, GTAV free, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here and welcome back to The Gaming Observer. We are closing out the week here, it is Friday May 15th, very excited to be talking about all the news in video games. There’s lots to look at, so let’s jump in.

Ubisoft have reported on their financial year, which is definitely down. Bookings are down 24% year over year, but here’s the kicker, operating income went from close to $500 million to $37 million. I wouldn’t say that that’s necessarily a surprise, they delayed a number of high-profile games late last year, they knew this was going to happen. Thankfully for them, they have a strong catalogue. Rainbow Six Siege in particular helped them through the pandemic, but of course they also had plenty of sales in games like Assassin’s Creed, The Division and Far Cry. Looking forward, they are expecting to have a much better year, bumping their income back where they’re used to it being. And the reason for that is because all of those delayed games will now be arriving in the next year. There are 5 AAA games, Valhalla, Watch_Dogs Legion, Gods& Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and an unannounced game. Three of those come late this year, two of them early next year, and then they’ve got some non-AAA games like Roller Champions. So it’ll be a big year for them. Also announced is that the Discovery Tours for the two latest Assassin’s Creed games are now free to keep for the next week. So these are standalone experiences that allow you to explore the ancient worlds within the game without time limits or combat, it’s very educational. Go check it out.

As rumoured, Nintendo has now announced Paper Mario: The Origami King. It will be launching for the Nintendo Switch on July 17th. If that’s your jam then I encourage you to take a look at the trailer, it shows off quite a bit, and I like the style. Here’s what Eurogamer says “Long-term fans of the series will likely be pleased at what looks like the return to the series’ older partner system, back here after being dropped in more recent entries.” It looks like the game got some new combat and various abilities as well, give it a look, and I hope you’re excited. This should be a big year for Mario.

It’s hard to believe, but the Epic Games Store is now giving away Grand Theft Auto V for $0. The second best selling game of all time is now completely free to keep. Obviously most of their income must be coming from GTA Online now, so it seems to make sense that they want to bolster that community. Nonetheless, go pick that up, and while you’re there take a look at the latest Epic Mega Sale. There are a lot of big-time games for sale on there, and you also get $10 off of any game that is more than $15 after the discount, which is pretty cool. Makes for some cheap games.

Crusader Kings 3 is now officially releasing on September 1st. I know a lot of people are going to be excited for this one, myself included, and the good news is that if you ever put off by CK2 because of its complexity, they took that into account with this new one. Approachability was a big focus for them, while maintaining the level of depth you come to expect with the game. Even better, it’s coming to the PC Xbox Game Pass on Day 1, which could not have made me a happier boy.

Alright folks that’s going to do it for today, and for the week. I’d like to give a big thank you to Shaun for leaving me a 5-star review on Amazon, I greatly appreciate that. And I’ll be back tomorrow to talk all about a game I’ve just finished playing called Little Nightmares. Otherwise, I’m back with the news on Monday. So until next time, happy gaming everyone.