The disappointing reception of Ghost Recon Breakpoint has caused Ubisoft to delay several of its future titles.
In a press release, Ubisoft acknowledged that Ghost Recon Breakpoint underperformed financially.
Ubisoft listed several key contributors to the below-expectations results. One of these was the lack of enough time between live service games, as prior entries such as Ghost Recon Wildlands benefited from years of optimization. Another was that Breakpoint failed to differentiate itself, borrowing too many similar mechanics from Ubisoft’s own catalog of franchises.
As a result, Ubisoft has decided to delay the releases of Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Watch Dogs Legion until the fiscal year 2020-21, which begins on April 1, 2020.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says, “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.” Guillemot ensured that the increased development time for the games will allow the publisher to strengthen the long-term value of its brands and avoid another situation like Breakpoint.
Ubisoft showed off Watch Dogs Legion back at E3 2019, which was originally slated for a March 2020 release. Gods & Monsters was also scheduled to release on February 25, 2020. No new dates for these projects have yet been revealed.
The release also touts two additional, unconfirmed AAA games for fiscal year 2020-2021. Earlier rumours suggest that one of those will be a Viking-era Assassin’s Creed, while various Ubisoft studios are also working on Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Skull & Bones.