Ubisoft has delayed Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six: Quarantine. Far Cry 6 had a release date set for 18 February 2021 but the developer now plans to release the open-world shooter during its next fiscal year. This begins in April 2021 and ends in March 2022. While Ubisoft did not officially date the upcoming Rainbow Six: Quarantine game, the studio announced that it too won’t release this fiscal year. However, it will arrive in the same period.
These delays come as no surprise. In the past few years, Ubisoft has yet to announce a game alongside its release date and stick to it. Far Cry 5 was pushed back in a similar fashion. This year we saw major delays across the board including Watch Dogs: Legion and Immortals: Fenyx Rising. Of course, all this off this arrives due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has forced most of the company’s workforce to adopt a work-from-home approach.
Ubisoft chief financial officer Frédérick Duguet said;
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#FFDA33″ class=”” size=”21″]”Despite having moved Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine to 2021-22 to leverage their full potential in the context of production challenges caused by COVID-19, our new non-IFRS operating income targets for 2020-21 remain within the boundaries we set back in May. Being able to maximize the long-term value of our IPs while at the same time maintaining solid financial targets highlights the increasing recurring nature of our revenues, the strength of our portfolio of franchises, confidence in our holiday season release slate, and current supportive industry dynamics.”[/perfectpullquote]
What Ubisoft is trying to say is that while there have been delays, the company is still making a lot of money due to the pandemic. People are buying more games and spending more time on them resulting in some big fat paychecks for their CEOs. The company’s revenue stream is strong especially thanks to its big games such as Rainbow Six: Siege and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. This makes it possible for Ubisoft to delay games without it affecting their fiscal earnings.
While we won’t be able to play Far Cry 6 before March next year, the company still has Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Just Dance 2021, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake and Riders Republic coming our way. In addition, the company just released Watch Dogs: Legion which is pretty great. You can read my review here or watch it down below;