Ubisoft had a pretty remarkable first half as far as its intangible
offerings are concerned. In its recently published financial report
, the company shows sales of DLC and downloadable games increased 100 percent year-over-year in the first half of fiscal 2011. The report chalks this success up to well-received blockbusters like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
, which Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot claims was the best-selling PSN title of the quarter. Ubisoft will apparently set more of its sights on the virtual market in the future, as a slide on the financial report (PDF
) lists the company's downloadable titles; the list includes digital versions of the Prince of Persia
trilogy and an unidentified Splinter Cell
title (or, perhaps, titles
These mentions line up pretty well with a series of reports claiming that the two series' are receiving HD remakes on the PS3. Ubisoft has already confirmed
that the Prince of Persia
trilogy is real, but will only be released in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Australia) territories, later this week. Perhaps the company has changed its strategy (or has a different strategy for other regions), and is planning on a more widespread release over digital channels -- this would also explain why we haven't heard any hubbub about 360 versions of the two trilogies, as their respective download sizes would likely prevent them from slipping under the 2GB limit set for XBLA.
We've contacted Ubisoft for a comment on the references to the two releases.
During the Ubisoft investor's conference call, CEO Yves Guillemot explained "We plan to come with more games for full digital distribution, on XBLA/PSN. Either with current games like Beyond Good & Evil
, the first three Splinter Cells
, and the Prince of Persia
trilogy." Sure enough, an email accompanying the call lists The Sands of Time
, Warrior Within
and The Two Thrones
as separate PSN releases coming sometime this quarter. No pricing, release date information, or any
info about Splinter Cell
was mentioned by Guillemot, nor included in said email.