Thanks to GameSpot for reprinting news of UbiSoft's improved financials, but disappointing specifics
, as the company noted in particular: "In a very competitive year-end market, sales of new brands such as Beyond Good and Evil and XIII, products which had been heavily marketed, were lower than the early-December forecasts... this had an impact of 10 million euros ($12.5 million)."
Coincidentally, GameSpy has an editorial discussing the allegedly disappointing sales of UbiSoft titles
, and notes: "Many of my peers felt that BG&E's style was too eccentric and didn't convey what type of game it was."
Although Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
has "sold 2 million units worldwide"
, UbiSoft's welcome announcement of a Prince Of Persia sequel
with reference to "improved marketing positioning"
implies some dissatisfaction with the initial sales, and GameSpy argue "the [U.S.] advertisements for both [BG&E and PoP] were horrendous"
, but overall, this didn't stop UbiSoft becoming "the second largest publisher in France, the third largest in Germany, and the sixth largest in the UK"
over the holiday period.