It’s not a great news day today, is it? First The Last of Us 2 gets delayed, and now Watch Dogs Legion and the new Rainbow Six game. What the hell am I going to play next year now?! Other things, I suppose.
Watch Dogs Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine have both been delayed into the next fiscal year, meaning they will release after April 2020. The original release date for Watch Dogs Legion – one of my favourite games at E3 2019, no less – was supposed to release on March 3rd, 2020. Rainbox Six Quarantine didn’t have a release date, though it was expected to release sometime in early 2020. The new open-world RPG by Ubisoft, Gods & Monsters has also been put in the firing line, with it, too, being delayed to the next fiscal year. However, as that game is geared more towards children, the backlash online won’t be as harsh. But then Rainbow Six and Watch Dogs fans… That could be another story.
[Update: During the investor relations conference call, Guillemont stated that Watch Dogs Legion and Gods & Monsters will be released during the second half of 2020.]
Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot said in an investor-relations statement that “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.”
Fair enough, I suppose. The rest of the statement paints a bleak picture for Ubisoft, too, and could be why the publisher is pushing games back and giving developer more time. The Division 2 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint have both seen disappointing revenue, with the latter being nothing short of catastrophic; the reviews were not kind at all, and the fact that the game is full of microtransactions hasn’t helped, either. Even Yves Guillemot admitted that Breakpoint “has been strongly rejected by a significant portion of the community.”