Ubisoft Delays Watch Dogs Legion Release

Disappointing news about Ubisoft surfaced just now, during an earnings call. The company sees a decline in their income during the current fiscal quarter. As a result, the release dates for Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods and Monsters have been pushed back.

The Ubisoft earnings call took place today in Paris, regarding the company’s targets and a revision to their income during the current fiscal year. The outcome was that Ubisoft saw a decline in revenue, which is mainly due to Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s poor sales.

The Division 2 is also a factor on that note, a minor one though. Yves Guillemot, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer said:

We have not capitalized on the potential of our latest two AAA releases. For Ghost Recon Breakpoint, while the game’s quality appeared on track – based on E3, Gamescom, previews and our latest internal playtests –, critical reception and sales during the game’s first weeks were very disappointing. As we have done with past titles, we will continue to support the game and listen to the community in order to deliver the necessary improvements.

While the news don’t come as a surprise, the repercussions of it do. According to Guillemot, Ubisoft will push back the release dates for some of their most anticipated titles to the second to April 2020 – March 2021:

In this overall context, we have decided to postpone the releases of Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Watch_Dogs Legion until 2020-21. 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.

The reasoning behind the delay is to give developers more time to make their games great. During the call, Guillemot stated that the company introduces innovations that haven’t been correctly presented to the players.

Being honest with the situation of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, he revealed that the biggest portion of players rejected its formula, spending from none to very little time playing the game. That’s something they don’t want to happen with the Watch Dogs Legion release, let alone Rainbow Six Quarantine which is a huge title for the company’s future.

As you can see, it will take more time before we see Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters and Rainbow Six Quarantine release dates. As unfortunate as that is for us, we have to consider that Ubisoft has no other major titles releasing in the close future. Apart from The Settlers and Just Dance 2020, the company is looking at a questioning next fiscal year if they intend to delay more of their flagship titles.