It’s always a sad day when game delays are announced, and today Ubisoft is bringing the hard news. Today Ubisoft has officially revealed it will be delaying the release of not one, not two, but three different titles, in order to invest more time into each game’s development.
Starting off with the least severe, Far Cry 5 has been officially delayed by one month, and will now hit store shelves on March 27, 2018, instead of its previous date February 27, 2017. In the end, a brief one-month delay.
Next up we have The Crew 2 which was originally supposed to hit on March 16, 2018, but gamers will now be able to get their hands on it sometime in the first half of Fiscal 2018-2019, which means that it could theoretically hit anytime between April 1, 2018, and September 31, 2018.
Finally, a previously-disclosed but completely unannounced game, which has now been delayed from Fiscal Year 2018-2019 to the Fiscal 2019-2020 year (April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020). While we don’t know what this game is, the press release does note it is a “franchise” game.
While speaking about each of the games’ delays, Christine Burgess-Quémard, Ubisoft’s Worldwide Studios Executive Director, had this to say:
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. 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.
These moves are being made to the backdrop of Ubisoft’s otherwise strong year, including the opening of a new Berlin-based studio that is said to be helping with Far Cry 5. Meanwhile, the France giant still faces looming threats from media conglomerate Vivendi who has signaled interest in a hostile takeover.