Ubisoft says Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Rayman Legends underperformed, lowers financial expectations

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It's not been the best 24 hours for Ubisoft.

Fresh from delaying its high-profile next-gen (no longer) launch title Watch Dogs until spring of next year, the publisher has also confirmed that two its recent releases have failed to hit expectations.

CVG reports that Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez told investors last night that the company had experienced lower sales than we anticipated when we gave our target” for already released games such as Splinter Cell, Rayman and others".

The company has also been hit hard by the delay of Watch Dogs, which it admits was trending towards the higher part of our guidance because the pre-orders were very good”.

Ubisoft has originally forecast income of $1.94bn for the year ending 2013 but that has now been lowered to $1.38bn.

"In a world of mega-blockbusters we have come to the conclusion that the team needed more time to realise the game's potential," Martinez said of the delay.

"We consider it to be a long term pillar of our future performance, alongside the likes of Assassin's Creed and Far Cry."