Yesterday Ubisoft reported its sales for the third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2008. Sales for the third quarter of 2008-09 came to €508 million, up 12.9% compared with the €450 million recorded for the same period of 2007-08.

Third-quarter sales came in slightly higher than the guidance of approximately €500 million issued when Ubisoft released its sales figures for the second quarter of 2008-09. This has been attributed to a variety of factors, notably the solid sales performance of key franchise titles.

Ubisoft revealed that third-quarter sales highlights included Far Cry 2 and Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party which generated "sell-in" sales of 2.9 million and 1.5 million units respectively. The publisher also stated that these sales offset the impact of a slower "take-off" for Prince of Persia (2.2 million units).

Other highlights included Shaun White Snowboarding which was the quarter's No.1 sports game in the US and recorded 2.3 million unit sales worldwide. Ubisoft also pointed towards the ongoing success of the casual games label, notably the "very robust performance" of the Imagine range, including Imagine Teacher and Imagine Wedding Designer.