Ubisoft delays Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine to 2020-21 fiscal year
Ubisoft released its public-facing investor update today, revealing a couple of rather shocking pieces of news. First, Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters are being delayed to sometime during the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins in April. Second, the reason for the delay itself is apparently due to "very disappointing" sales and critical reception of the latest Ghost Recon installment, Breakpoint, and to a lesser extent, The Division 2.
Among the three postponed games, Watch Dogs: Legion was the only title with a confirmed release date, being March 3, 2020. As the fiscal year begins for Ubisoft in April, that means the game's release will be pushed back by at least another month, possibly more. Ghost Recon's sales numbers was a surprise to Ubisoft, as the game apparently passed all internal tests and early previews for quality control.
"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," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said in the update. "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."
The three titles are being delayed to essentially avoid the same mistakes that Ghost Recon made.
"In this overall context, we have decided to postpone the releases of Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Watch_Dogs Legion until 2020-21," Guillemot said. "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."
Ubisoft expects the delays to impact this fiscal year, but that it will have a positive effect on 2020-21. Read the entire update below: