Far Cry 5, which was slated to come out on February 27, has been pushed back to March 27, 2018. The Crew 2 has suffered a more significant delay, slipping from March 21, to an unspecified “first half of fiscal year 2018-19” release. That means it could, technically, come out anytime between April 1 and September 30, 2018, although expect a late summer release.
Perhaps most interesting, is the unannounced franchise game, which has slipped from fiscal year 2018-19 to fiscal year 2019-20. What is this mystery game? Could it be Beyond Good and Evil 2? Another Assassin’s Creed? A sequel to one of Ubisoft’s various Tom Clancy properties? We likely won’t find out for a while.
All these delays may seem like bad news, but Ubisoft is framing them as a positive. The success of Assassin’s Creed Origins has put the company is solid financial ground, and they want their upcoming tentpole games to be of equal quality. Here’s what Ubisoft’s Worldwide Studios Executive director Christine Burgess-Quémard had to say about the delays:
“[These delays] are 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. As expected, this had a very positive impact on the game’s quality and contributed to its commercial success. Taking a similar approach, we have decided to invest additional development time in three upcoming games.”
According to Ubisoft (EPA:UBI), the slate of delays won’t have any negative effect on their bottom line. In fact, they’ve raised their profitability targets for fiscal year 2017-18, as they expect third-quarter holiday sales of €700.0 million (around $825 million), up from previous projections of €630.0 million. The company still expects to hit €2.1 billion ($2.45 billion) in sales in fiscal year 2018-19, which is unchanged from their previous projections.
It’s good to see Ubisoft has learned from Assassin’s Creed Origins and is taking a quality-first approach with their future games. After the rough launches of games like For Honor and Ghost Recon Wildlands, changes were due.
What are your thoughts on the delays? Is Ubisoft making the right move, or would you prefer they get the games in your hands as soon as possible?