Initially scheduled for a 2016 release, South Park: The Fractured But Whole was delayed to the first quarter of 2017. But now it would seem the game has been delayed again, this time to the 2018 fiscal year, which basically means any time between April 2017, and 30 March 2018.
This news came via Ubisoft’s Third Quarter sales results, which makes for some interesting reading. There’s no reason given by Ubisoft as to why the game has been delayed, but it has been confirmed via a company representative to PCGamer:
[quote] South Park: The Fractured But Whole will now launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in FY18. The teams at South Park and Ubisoft San Francisco are committed to pushing the envelope during development to deliver the best experience possible, and this additional time will allow them to do so. [/quote]
Ubisoft also adjusted its sales expectation a bit, but the numbers are still staggering if you think about it:
[quote] We now expect fiscal 2016-17 sales to come in at between €1,455 million and €1,495 million, versus the previously-announced target of between €1,610 million and €1,670 million. This revision takes into account the sales figure for the third quarter of 2016-17 and the fact that South Park: the Fractured But Whole will now be released in fiscal 2017-18. [/quote]
The delay of South Park: The Fractured But Whole might mean the development is in trouble, but if you’re not reading too much into it, could simply mean the game will release in May or June. We’ll find out more about this soon enough. If it means we end up with a better game, then so be it.