Even with all the flack we like to give Ubisoft over their latest Assassin’s Creed titles, there is no doubt (aside from Unity) that these games are still relatively good and there’s potential for the movie franchise to do something similar to what Marvel has accomplished. If the Vivendi’s hostile takeover is successful, however, you can pretty much kiss everything you do love about Ubisoft goodbye.
What does this hostile takeover mean exactly? Well it means that the infamous company Vivendi will hold the beloved gaming franchise Assassins Creed hostage. It took Ubisoft quite some time to realize that they needed to settle down and put the series on the back burner for a year in order to develop a quality game. Say what you will about Ubisoft, but the fact that they’re letting their most lucrative franchise rest, even if it is just for a year, says a lot about the company. They care about not only the quality of their games, but also their fans; they listened to the community, recognized their mistakes with Unity and set fourth to correct them.
If the worst happens to Ubisoft and they are bought out, the plans French billionaire, Vincent Bollore, has for the company are those of a typical Donald Trump. Forget about the quality of the games, the new goals detailed included “increasing annual revenue by 60 percent to 2.2 billion euros (1.7 billion pounds) for the year ending March 2019 with an operating profit margin of 20 percent and free cash flow of around 300 million euros for the same year.” That means taking Assassin’s Creed (along with other popular titles) off the back burner and turning them out on a creative conveyor belt, year after year, for the sake of milking that cow for a bigger profit.
If you thought Unity was bad, just wait and see what god awful games will be turned out under the oversight of Vivendi. If the hostile takeover is successful then the series will be exhausted until the very last ember has burned out. After a few years under Vivendi’s belt, we will be begging for a game similar to Unity compared to the dreck Vivendi will release onto store shelves for the sake of creating more profit. Sure Ubisoft isn’t perfect now, but under Vivendi we will quickly see the once groundbreaking company run straight into the ground.
Far-fetched? I don’t think so. Vivendi’s past proves that everything is at risk and you can count on Ubisoft Montreal to be shut down entirely, as after Vivendi and Activison merged with Blizzard, Blizzard North was shut down after it did not meet Vivendi’s expectations for Diablo III. So for example, if the Unity crises or even the low sales of Syndicate happened under Vivendi’s watch then they would have shut down Ubisoft Montreal for not meeting their profit making expectations. Leaving one company entirely responsible for creating and developing a major franchise release on a yearly schedule.
Maybe Ubisoft should take a page out of Jeremy Piatt’s playbook and create a GoFundMe page to raise enough money to fed off their hostile take over like Piatt did to get Kanye out of crippling debt. Whatever you may think about Ubisoft as a company good or bad, no one should have to go through something like this. Right now they are independent and able to do whatever they wish with their properties, like creating Ubisoft Motion Pictures and making an Assassin’s Creed movie for their fans. Do you think that Vivendi would go out of their way to do that? It’s absolutely sickening and quite horrible to watch independent companies being bought out, gutted and turned out for profit by mega corperations that only care about one thing and one thing only: making more money. Meaning in this scenario, Ubisoft are the Assassins and Vivendi are the templars. Let’s just hope our hooded friends can come together and hold off their evil forces.