Three of Ubisoft’s biggest upcoming games have been delayed. Release dates for Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters are all now scheduled for the company’s 2020-21 fiscal year. That means the soonest we can expect to see any of them is April 2020.
In a statement, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explained that its recent AAA releases have been met with disappointing reception, in particular Ghost Recon Breakpoint. He says this is partly due to live games coming too close together, and not having enough differentiation. He also, more generally, said that new features aren’t being given the time to be perfectly optimized. It’s in this context that he says delays on these next three projects are necessary.
“We are tackling these issues head-on and already are implementing significant changes to our production processes,” Guillemot said. “We are confident in our capacity to adapt and evolve, as we have done successfully many times in the past. 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.”
The new fiscal year targets mean the games will release by March 31, 2021. In an investor call, Ubisoft suggested Watch Dogs Legion and Gods and Monsters are planned for the second half of 2020.