Ubisoft Reports ‘Underperforming’ Releases, Pushes Back Upcoming Titles

Ubisoft have today announced they have pushed back the release of not one, but three of their upcoming titles: Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters and Rainbow Six: Quarantine. Originally, the third instalment in the Watch Dogs series was due to release next year, March 6 — the developer’s brand new action-adventure IP Gods & Monsters, supposedly coming even sooner, on February 25. All three games will now release during the company’s next fiscal year (starting April 2020).

The news comes as the company’s latest earnings release showed Ubisoft underperforming and expected to miss their financial target for the fiscal year, forcing the company to revise their forecast. Speaking on the results, Ubisoft co-founder and CEO, Yves Guillemot, put this down to the performance of two of their recently-released titles, The Division 2 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint. “We have not capitalized on the potential of our latest two AAA releases.” Guillemot explained. “For Ghost Recon Breakpoint…critical reception and sales during the game’s first weeks were very disappointing. 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 Division 2 released across PS4, Xbox One & PC via the Epic Games Store, on March 15 — currently holding an OpenCritic rating of 83. However, it’s with Ghost Recon Breakpoint, released less than seven months later on October 4, where the middling-to-negative response is better felt, with a critic rating of 58 and user rating over on Metacritic, at its lowest, of 2.2 on PC. Though one area of improvement (of many) noted in the accompanying press release as to these titles’ “underperformance” does state a need for there to be “more time between each iteration of Live games”. So far there is no new updated release date for any of the company’s three mentioned titles, nor was there any mention of Ubisoft’s other multiplayer-based, online pirate adventure, Skull & Bones, which is expected to release sometime next year.