Ubisoft to announce free-to-play titles, e-sports plans at Gamescom

Publisher plans to discuss its "growing position in the online games market"

Ubisoft is to announce new free-to-play titles set in the universes of some of its popular franchises at Gamescom next month.


The publisher will hold a conference on the first day of the trade show, during which it'll also discuss "plans in e-sports and other growing online game genres".

"The total number of players and the resulting opportunities for our industry continue to multiply as new types of gaming take hold," said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot.

"After a successful E3, we're looking forward to bringing a strong line-up to Gamescom so that customers can experience many of our hotly anticipated titles first hand."

The publisher's public booth will offer attendees hands-on time with the likes of Assassin's Creed 3, Assassin's Creed: Liberation, Far Cry 3, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online, Rayman Legends and ZombiU.

Last week Ubisoft reported a 27 percent sales jump for the three month period ended June 30. Among its highlights the French company cited "strong momentum" in online sales, which doubled to €27 million thanks to free-to-play titles and the successful launch of Xbox Live Arcade game Trials Evolution.

Gamescom organiser Koelnmesse has said it expects over 300 new products and game premieres at this year's event. More than 370 exhibitors have signed up to show off their wares at next month's trade fair, which takes place in Cologne, Germany from August 15-19.

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