Breaking news was just reported that Ubisoft will be delaying upcoming titles Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Rainbow Six Quarantine. You can expect these titles to release for fiscal 2020-21 so the earliest we could see any of those games would be July 1st 2020, but that’s not expected for any of these titles as they were aimed for the early part of 2020 up until March.
Here is what CEO, Yves Guillemot had to say:
“In this overall context, we have decided to postpone the releases of Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Watch_Dogs Legion until 2020-21. While each of these games already has a strong identity and high potential, we want our teams to have more development time to ensure that their respective innovations are perfectly implemented so as to deliver optimal experiences for players. This decision will have a very significant impact on our financial results for this fiscal year and goes against our recent successes in building a more stable development model. However, it is in line with our strategy to maximize the future value of our brands for the long-term benefit of our employees, players and shareholders. We expect it to have a positive impact on our financial performance as from 2020-21.”
2020 is a time where we will see Microsoft and Sony reveal their plans for the next generation with PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett. Both of those consoles are aimed to launch Holiday 2020 and most likely that November. It could be that a game like Watch Dogs Legion will be held until that Fall, but we probably won’t have a definitive answer until June where E3 will take place. The latest Gods & Monsters and Watch Dogs can release is December 31st, 2020 while the earliest being July as said above.
What are your thoughts on these delays? Did this surprise you at all?