Ubisoft has delayed some of its major upcoming releases to allow for more development time. Watch Dogs Legions, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters have all been delayed and will now allegedly be released some time during the 2020-21 fiscal year.
The news of the delay comes following an announcement from Ubisoft regarding a revision in fiscal year profit targets. It appears that the underwhelming sales numbers for Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2 are in part the cause of the delay. Due to the sales figures of both titles, the publisher has decided to implement “significant changes” to the production process of their games.
This was confirmed by Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot who commented that these games still have a “strong identity and high potential,” and that the publisher wants to make sure that they deliver the best possible experiences to players.
Gods & Monsters had a planned release date of 25 February 2020, Watch Dogs: Legions of 6 March 2020, while Rainbow Six Quarantine did not have a set release date but was expected to drop in 2020. All of these titles were announced at E3 2019, and bolstered Ubisoft’s 2020 line-up. It is unusual for a company to announce so many delays, which is why it is unsurprising that the company’s shares took a turn for the worse after the announcement.
A delay is not a bad thing as it allows developers more time to polish a game. It is possible that we may see Ubisoft completely change the way they develop and release games in the future.
What do you think of all these game delay?