VR Gaming’s biggest AAA backer ‘disappointed’ with game sales

VR Gaming’s biggest AAA backer ‘disappointed’ with game sales

Main points

  • Ubisoft is “disappointed” with sales of Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR, with CEO Yves Guillemot stating that the game only “did well”.
  • Given the current state of the sector, Ubisoft has no plans to increase its investments in VR at the moment.
  • Ubisoft has long been the biggest supporter of VR games among AAA publishers, averaging more than two new VR releases per year as of 2017.

Ubisoft is “disappointed” with the sales of Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR. That’s according to the company’s top executive, who also revealed that Ubisoft won’t double down on the virtual reality bet just yet, given the current state of VR gaming.

Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR was released in mid-November as an exclusive to the Meta Quest headset. While the series has already entered virtual reality in 2018 Assassin’s Creed: Temple of Anubisits latest attempt at doing so was the first VR entry in the franchise to be delivered as a full AAA experience. Nexus VR was met with mostly positive reviews, which have immediately established it as one of the best AAA games for the last three iterations of the Meta Quest headset.


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Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR ‘Well done’, but left by Ubisoft ‘a bit disappointed’

Despite rave reviews from critics, Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR it has apparently failed to generate significant commercial momentum, as Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently suggested. Speaking at a February 8 question-and-answer session held after the company’s financial report for the third quarter of fiscal year 2024, Guillemot said that Ubisoft was “a little disappointed” with the game’s sales. Elaborating this statement, the executive said that Nexus VR “did well”, but not as well as the company had hoped.

Assassin's Creed Nexus VR Meta Store Page key art

Guillemot’s comments were offered in response to a question about the current state of the company’s virtual reality ambitions. To that end, the executive also revealed that Ubisoft’s VR investments won’t be ramping up anytime soon. The industry first “has to step up” for that to happen, he explained.

We’ve been a little disappointed with what we were able to achieve in VR with Assassin’s Creed. It was okay and still selling, but we thought it would sell more, so we’re not increasing our investment in VR right now because it needs to take off.

This prospect can be depressing for VR enthusiasts, not least because Ubisoft has long been the biggest proponent of virtual reality among AAA publishers. Although none of his past games reached the scale, budget and overall ambition of Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR, both the quality and quantity of Ubisoft’s VR output has been far superior to that of any other publisher out there. For reference, the company has averaged over two VR releases per year since 2017, ranging from completely original IP to spin-offs based on its existing franchises, such as 2020’s escape room experience Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time.

List of all Ubisoft VR games

  • AGOS: A space game
  • Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR
  • Assassin’s Creed: Temple of Anubis
  • Beyond Medusa’s Gate
  • The flight of the eagle
  • Rescue the Lost Pyramid
  • Far Cry VR: Dive Into Insanity
  • Hungry Shark VR
  • Huxley VR
  • Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time
  • Save Notre-Dame on fire
  • Star Trek: Bridge Crew
  • Virtual Rabbids: The Big Maze
  • VR Rabbids: The Great Journey
  • Wolf within

Despite the ongoing challenges of publishing VR games, the company is not backing down from the sector. Guillemot’s recent comments indicated that Ubisoft simply intends to maintain the current level of investment in the segment for now. But without a greater influx of high-quality VR games, the industry will continue to suffer from a catch-22 situation, in that it will continue to struggle to grow its audience due to a limited game library , while also facing challenges in financing new ones. game development projects due to the small audience.


Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed is a stealth action-adventure series published and developed by Ubisoft and its various first-party studios. Originally released in 2007, the series has seen 12 major releases with recent games moving to a more open RPG style. Each game usually depicts major historical moments such as the Italian Renaissance, the Crusades or the French Revolution, focusing mainly on a long conflict between free-spirited assassins against the beloved order of the Knights Templar.

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