Ubisoft delays future releases after ‘underperformance’ of 2019’s titles

Ubisoft announced delays for Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters and Rainbow 6 Quarantine, changing up the Q1 line-up of 2020 rather drastically.

All three of the games were due to launch before the end of March 2020. However, all three titles have been delayed into Ubisoft’s next financial year, which runs from April 2020 to March 2021.

This delay was after news of substantially decreased financial targets for Ubisoft’s current fiscal year, which were a result of lower than expected revenue from Ghost Recon: Breakpoint and “to a lesser extent” The Division 2.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot explained that prior to release, Breakpoint’s quality “appeared on track” but that “critical reception and sales during the game’s first weeks were very disappointing”. Ubisoft will still support the game and “listen to the community in order to deliver the necessary improvements”.

Guillemot said the publisher identified three areas that led to underperformance: the less-than-perfect implementation of “gameplay innovations” and lack of “differentiation factors” in Breakpoint and for Division 2 they needed to make sure “there is more time between each iteration of live games”.

If it has the letters RPG in it, I am there. Still battling with balancing trying to play every single game that grabs my interest, getting 100% in a JRPG, and devoting time to my second home in Azeroth.

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