It’s actually been some time since last we heard of a big AAA franchise being delayed. That was very much a 2016 ‘thing’, hence 2017 was so packed with fantastic games. However, Ubisoft confirmed that they will be delaying Far Cry 5, The Crew 2 and another unannounced title.
Far Cry 5 will now launch a month later on 27 March (instead of 27 February) and The Crew 2 has been delayed from 16 March to the first half of Fiscal 2018-19, which happens to be between April and September 2018. The unannounced franchise, originally planned to release Fiscal 2018-19, will now be released in Fiscal 2019-2. The time is being used to improve these titles, which is always a good thing. Rather delay a title that releasing a half-arsed effort, we believe. The improved quality seen in Assassin’s Creed Origins is proof of the quality Ubisoft can produce when providing their developers with more time.
Here is what Christine Burgess-Quémard, Ubisoft’s Worldwide Studios Executive Director, said:
“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.”