Netflix and Ubisoft reach an agreement for three exclusive games

Exclusives on Netflix include a sequel to Valiant hearts, a new Assassin’s Creed video game and a new version The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot.

Ubisoft has partnered with Netflix to launch three mobile games through its subscription service. These three original titles, which are all based on Ubisoft franchises worldwide, will be made available to subscribers without microtransactions or in-game ads.

Both companies announced their partnership at Ubisoft Forward last Saturday, where the Assassin Creed publisher displayed a variety of upcoming titles that will normally be released during the E3 marketing window.

The three titles that Netflix has ordered include a sequel of World War I-themed adventure title Valiant hearts: The Great War; a roguelike edition Ubisoft’s The Mighty Questseries and an original Assassin’s Creed video game optimized for mobile.

The Assassin’s Creed video game could be related to the live action Assassin’s Creed TV series, which Netflix is currently developing. Although no direct connection was made during the event a Netflix post unveiling partnership suggests a strong link between the two projects.

Netflix’s expanding game ambitions

Netflix announced earlier this year that it is also creating animated versions of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell, and Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon. It is interesting to note that Ubisoft will not include either franchise in its first Netflix games.

Ubisoft is now the largest game developer that has announced plans to publish games to Netflix’s subscription service. Both companies should be able to work together in this way.

Netflix has been buying up multiple games studios to increase its game output. However, having an experienced publisher such as Ubisoft available that is also interested in adapting its other franchises creates growth potential for the streaming service.

It may help to have more popular game franchises available, which could also encourage more people to try its games. According to some reports, only one per cent Netflix subscribers have downloaded any of the titles.

Ubisoft seems to have acknowledged from its leadership that it must experiment with new business models in order to grow and make profit. The Washington Post reported that Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot spoke out about the need to adapt and evolve in light of changing economic conditions.

Guillemot told company leaders that “This will be a difficult and unforgiving path: Either keep up the pace or you are out.”

It was unclear if the meeting addressed developers’ concerns about the company’s alleged cultural of sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination across its studios. A Better Ubisoft workers advocacy group indicated last week that the company had not completely reformed its past.

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