Ubisoft announced they will be delaying the release of Far Cry 5, The Crew 2, and a third unknown game. Far Cry 5 is being pushed a month from February 27th to March 27th. The Crew’s release window will be from April to September instead of March 16th. The unknown game will now release in Fiscal 2019-20, instead of Fiscal 2018-19.
On behalf of Ubisoft, Christine Burgess Quémardctor explained the delays are,
“…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.”
We know this is going to disappoint some people, and we understand. However, there is an amazing thing that just happened here. Yes, we have the same standard answer of the game needs more polish, but that is not where your focus should be.
Ubisoft has admitted that it made more money by giving their games longer development cycles. Improving and polishing the games was a positive effect on their bank account, and gamers were happier too. Everyone’s a winner.
Maybe, this is the result of the recent community backlash or two against certain games or publishers, but ensuring we receive quality games is never a bad thing. If it results in a game that needs fewer patches or has better content, we are fine with waiting a little longer.