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Ubisoft delays Far Cry 5, The Crew 2 and another unannounced title

By Cal Jeffrey · 6 replies
Dec 7, 2017
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  1. French developer Ubisoft announced today that it would be putting the brakes on the development of three projects. Far Cry 5, which was slated to launch on February 27, 2018, is being pushed back a month to March 27. The Crew 2 had a launch date of March 16, 2018, but has now been rescheduled to a vague window between April and September of 2018. A third title that has not been announced yet but was apparently scheduled to release sometime in the 2018-2019 fiscal year is now set back to Ubisoft's 2019-2020 FY.

    Ubisoft’s Worldwide Studios Executive Director Christine Burgess-Quémard issued an official statement regarding the delays, saying the extra time will be used to deliver a more “engaging” gaming experience.

    “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.”

    Ubisoft’s sales in November for Assassin’s Creed Origins as well as older titles put it in a favorable position for announcing the delays. The extra time spent on ACO has proven to be profitable, helping to increase third-quarter sales by 70 million euros ($82.5 million). That's a healthy profit considering there are still two months left in its third fiscal quarter. The company hopes to apply the same development tactic to its other franchises to drive the momentum through the rest of the year and into the next fiscal period.

    “Our back-catalog performance throughout November followed the same excellent trends as in the first half of the year, and sales for Assassin’s Creed Origins continued their positive launch trajectory,” said Ubisoft’s CFO Alain Martinez. “We are now in a position to both update our financial 2017-18 targets, notably by revising our profitability upward, as well as invest additional development time in our future releases.”

    While delays are always disappointing, it is good to know that Ubisoft is using the time to polish its games. Personally, I would rather wait an extra month for a title than have the devs rush it out with a multitude of bugs and other problems, which seems to be a growing trend among other studios.

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  2. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 538   +328

    They are just probably removing (or making less pay to win/gambling) lootboxes because of EA's recent success with them. They can't afford stock price drops, even temporary minor ones as they are probably still afraid of takeover.
  3. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 490   +875

    Translation - "The real price of our $60 games was intended to be $120 ($60 up-front + $60 spread out over time or alternatively be punished with +1000hrs of mindless grind EA-style), however after seeing what happened to EA we're back-pedalling a little. This is what we call 'expressing our creative vision'. Don't forget for all of our future over-sequelled titles, the minimum CPU requirements will be a Threadripper 1950X - that's 4 threads for the game, and 28x threads for the badly implemented multi-layered Denuvo + VMProtect DRM"...
    ETF Soldier and ghostf1re like this.
  4. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,241   +313

    Good point actually.
    ETF Soldier likes this.
  5. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Maniac Posts: 286   +155

    It's almost certainly this. This is probably why The Crew was delayed as badly as this indicates. I bet the microtransactions are just through the roof in that game and if it's anything like the first one, it's going to suck anyway. Far Cry was something I was looking forward to though.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,216   +2,685

    Or just maybe they took a page out of GTA and will delay it for a few years ...... aarrrrrggghhhh!!!!
  7. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 290   +159

    I played the first "The Crew" and that was the worst driving game I have ever played. It was an absolute pos in every aspect. The Crew 2 will be getting a hard pass from me.

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