Gaming NewsApr 26, 2017 at 9:17a PSTby luckie

Ubisoft may be taken over by Vivendi as soon as this year

Vivendi tightens its grip on Ubisoft and prepares for a hostile takeover - rumor has it that it is going to happen this year.

Vivendi is targeting Ubisoft for a hostile takeover this year, Reuters was told by two sources close to the matter. The French media conglomerate has been acquiring more and more of Ubisoftís shares and already owns 25% of them. Referring to Ubisoft and advertising group Havas one of the sources said, ďVivendi is moving to the second phase, everything will take place this yearĒ. The latter added that the company does not intend to buy the video games publisher at any price and has other targets to consider in China.

This way Vivendi is probably struggling to save their reputation among investors, who arenít happy about the companyís recent letups, especially its not-so-fortunate Italian investments (Telecom Italia, Mediaset), which raised questions about the conglomerateís capacity to make quick profits and plan a long-term strategy. Vivendi had previously tried to enter the video game market, successfully taking over Gameloft.

Lately, Ubisoft has been trying to strengthen their market value by releasing new franchises. - 2017-04-27
Lately, Ubisoft has been trying to strengthen their market value by releasing new franchises.

Of course, Ubisoftís owners, the Guillemot family, arenít willing to give their business up just like that. This is why they put the Assassinís Creed franchise on pause this year, and have been trying to come up with new ideas and IPs. Some of these are the revisioned Far Cry Primal, brand new For Honor and Steep, continually expanded Rainbow Six: Siege and The Division as well as Watch Dogs 2, much different and better than the first installment. And while not all of their experiments were successful, thatís exactly the point Ė under Vivendiís hand, the company would likely lose the creative freedom it enjoys now and wouldnít be able to learn by trial and error any more.