Ubisoft “disappointed” with their year so far

Ubisoft today revealed that it’s not having the best year so far. Thanks to rampant DS piracy and poorer-than-anticipated market conditions, their sales for the first quarter are down 51%. On top of that, stealth and sword fighting fans got some bad new when the company revealed that both Splinter Cell: Conviction and Red Steel 2 have slipped to 2010.

Understandably, Ubisoft isn’t exactly in a party throwing mood.

“You can see we are disappointed by this first half of the year,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said in conclusion of its Q1 earnings conference call today. But despite the rough start, he stays hopeful that the heavy hitters arriving later in the fiscal year will turn things around. “We think that the games that we will have in the second half will be of very high quality, so this year… it’s not finished. We still have nine months to go and we hope we can come with games that will make a big impact on the videogame market this year and change those numbers to better numbers if they perform better than what we expect.”