Ubisoft Q1 2019, Switch battery upgrade, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, for July 18th, 2019. thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript. I’m recording this a little early today, so if I miss a story I’ll make up for it tomorrow.

It’s financials season, and kicking it off today is Ubisoft, with their Q1 report. Revenue is down 9%, and bookings are down 17% — despite this, however, things are actually looking quite good for them. Bookings are about 45 million euros above what they initially forecasted, AND nearly 50% of their bookings are recurring investments. They placed the success on the conitnued popularity of Assassins Creed Odyssey, Rainbow Six Siege, and The Division 2. They actually said that Siege is in the top 10 best selling titles over the past five years, and that The Division is the industry’s best selling title of 2019 so far. Next quarter they are expecting a 15% decrease in bookings, which actually makes a lot of sense because they don’t have a lot of major releases lined up. Q3 and 4 will be much bigger, with games like Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Watch Dogs Legion in the lineup. For a full breakdown check out youtube.com/thegamingobserver where I analyzed their numbers even further.

Following the announcement of the Nintendo Switch Lite, they have also revealed that the original Switch is going to get some updated hardware. The main focus is on battery life, increasing it by about 2 hours. For Breath of the Wild, you can now play it continously for 5.5 hours, up from 3 hours. Eurogamer says it should start going on sale in early September, so if you’ve been thinking about buying a Switch but aren’t in a hurry, you probably want to wait out for this one so that you can play longer.

The movie Detective Pikachu has now become the second highest grossing video game movie ever, bringing in $429 million worldwide. It is only $4 million away from dethroning World of Warcraft, which released in 2016.

One of the most famous board games of all time, Gloomhaven, has just launched its video game adaptation into early access. It’s still missing a lot of features that people are hoping for, but it’s on their roadmap as they get to a full release in 2020. If you’re interested, it’ll cost about $25, with the price going up over time.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 will launch on October 31st, perfect for the Halloween season!

That’s all for today. I want to give a huge thanks to Chris, Rachel, Ghost, and Krym, all for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. My name is Adrian Simple, I’ll see you tomorrow with some more news, and as always… Happy Gaming everyone!

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