Ubisoft has announced that they’re delaying the release of a few of their upcoming 2020 titles including Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods & Monsters and Rainbow Six: Quarantine.
The news comes just shortly after the release of Ghost Recon Breakpoint earlier this month and The Division 2, both of which had disappointing sales.
Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot gave a few possible reasons for the underperformance:
- First, it is harder to generate interest for a sequel to a Live multiplayer game, when prior iterations benefited from years of optimization. Consequently, we need to make sure there is more time between each iteration of Live games.
- Second, our strategy of introducing gameplay innovations in our games has had a very positive impact on our brands. However, to win over players, these innovations need to be perfectly implemented in order to offer an optimal experience. This has not yet been sufficiently the case with Ghost Recon Breakpoint. While the change of formula has been very well received by some players, with an average daily playtime per player of over three hours, it also has been strongly rejected by a significant portion of the community.
- Finally, Ghost Recon Breakpoint did not come in with enough differentiation factors, which prevented the game’s intrinsic qualities from standing out.
Watch Dogs: Legion was originally set to be released on March 6th, 2020, Gods & Monsters for February 25th and Rainbox Six Quarantine for some time in 2020.
Now all three games will be releasing in Ubisoft’s 2020-21 fiscal year which is from April 2020 to March 2021.
In addition to the delayed titles mentioned, Ubisoft is also set to release two more AAA titles in the same 2020-21 fiscal year from their biggest franchises which could include a new Assassin’s Creed game.