The latest moves from Ubisoft, which aims to limit spending while postponing some games and putting Assassin’s Creed Infinity and mobile gaming at the center of its future.
Ubisoft aims to limit expenses: priority therefore to Assassin’s Creed and to new mobile games. Meanwhile, the French house has canceled some games already announced, but continues to work to bring its most important projects to the market. Although something may come later than expected. Here are all the details.
Thursday 21 July 2022 was a busy day for Yves Guillemot. Between communications with staff and discussions with shareholders, Ubisoft’s chief executive has expressed caution, clearly stating that he wants to aim to limit expenses in this period of economic uncertainty, and that he wants to focus on “what is essential”. He will therefore focus a lot on projects capable of providing greater security: the name in the front row is obviously that of Assassin’s Creed.
The series dedicated to the centuries-old clash between Assassins and Templars has two projects under development by the internal teams, identified with the code names Project Rift and Project Red. The first could be a standalone game focused on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, or a sort of maxi-expansion that has become a separate title, perhaps smaller in size than a standard chapter. The second is of a more complex location: according to Kotaku it could be a new chapter set in Asia as part of the overall Assassin’s Creed Infinity project, which represents the new “platform” developed by Ubisoft for the future of the series. As previously reported by the usual, well-informed journalist Jason Schreier, it should be a content of Assassin’s Creed Infinity set in Asia, perhaps in Japan.
But that’s not all: it seems that there is also a large-caliber mobile title planned in the next period and set in the universe of the series.
Mobile is another sector that Ubisoft seems to want to focus a lot on and soon the free-to-play Tom Clancy’s The Division: Resurgence will also arrive. There have also been several tests related to Rainbow Six Mobile, while on the free-to-play games front, there has been positive feedback from XDefiant and The Division Heartland: the tests will continue in the coming months before these two games arrive on PC. and console in final form.
On the same day yesterday, Ubisoft announced the cancellation of four games in development: Splinter Cell VR, Ghost Recon Frontline and two other games not yet announced. Journalist Stephen Totilo reported this.
Revealed in 2020, Splinter Cell VR was supposed to land on the Oculus Quest 2 headset along with a virtual reality episode of Assassin’s Creed, which we don’t know is still in production. The situation of Ghost Recon Frontline is quite different, the new free-to-play battle royale announced last October and the protagonist of a series of limited-number tests: let’s assume they have not given the results the company hoped for.
There is no information on the other two games canceled by Ubisoft, at least for the moment: we do not know if they were linked to new intellectual properties or if they were to mark the return of some old franchise.
Avatar: Borders of Pandora
The bad news doesn’t end there: Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora has indeed been postponed to 2023/2024. It can be read in the French company’s latest tax document, which reports the new launch window for the expected tie-in. The game is considered by Ubisoft to be a quadruple A and no wonder it is taking a huge amount of work. Hence the decision to postpone its release by one or even two years compared to the initial target. A decision that will make the project lose the important hook of the film Avatar: The Way of Water, arriving in December 2022. For the moment everything is silent, but in the next few hours an official post could arrive to explain the reasons for the decision.
Speaking of postponements, another unannounced game previously expected by the first months of 2023 has also been moved to the next fiscal year: the rumors point to the aforementioned project Rift, the stand alone expansion of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Bloomberg reported that the game was supposed to fill the gap of releases in the Ubisoft calendar, but according to sources from Kotaku it encountered new difficulties during the final rush.
Instead, the release dates of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Skull and Bones have been confirmed, set for October 20 and November 8, 2022 respectively, while even Beyond Good and Evil 2 seems to be moving forward at the expense of problematic and expensive development. . On a positive note, Guillemot reminded us that despite all the problems the company still aims to exceed $ 400 million in operating profits this year.
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