Ubisoft performed well in 2017, finding success in new titles, like Assassin’s Creed: Origins, and updating old ones, like Rainbow Six Siege. But 2018 seems to be off to a rocky start regarding its release schedule. Alongside the highly anticipated Far Cry 5, a couple of other games have suffered delays as well.
First and foremost, Far Cry 5 will now be released one month after its initially scheduled release date, now releasing on March 27, 2018, instead of February 27, 2018. The delay affects both console and PC.
Another of Ubisoft’s hopeful tentpole franchises suffered a delay as well. The Crew 2’s release date has been revised from March 16th, 2018, to a more ambiguous window, falling anywhere in between April to September of 2018. While the first installment didn’t light the world on fire as they may have hoped, the E3 2017 reveal trailer excited many with the prospects of being able to fly and sail alongside the usual driving the series is known for.
The most interesting delay comes in the form of a game that hasn’t even been announced yet. One of the three unannounced franchise games initially planned for release in Fiscal 2018-19 will now be released in Fiscal 2019-20.
In the announcement, Ubisoft’s Worldwide Studios Executive Director, Christine Burgess-Quémard, defended the delays. He stated that the extra development time was an investment, even citing the success of Assassin’s Creed: Origins use of an extra year.
This decision is in line with our strategic vision of developing even more engaging and higher quality experiences for gamers. Taking more time with Assassin’s Creed Origins enabled our talented development team to fully express their creative vision,” Burgess-Quémard said. “As expected, this had a very positive impact on the game’s quality and largely participated to its commercial success. Taking a similar approach, we have decided to invest additional development time in three upcoming games.
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