Ubisoft delays Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters and Rainbow Six Quarantine

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Oct 24, 2019 5:21 PM
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Ubisoft has hit us with that rarest of news - under-performance. The French publisher has slashed its expected net bookings for the 2019-20 fiscal year down by over €700 million. Ubisoft had originally expected overall revenue to be €2.185 billion but has now dropped its target to €1.45 billion. This means net revenue has fallen from around €480 million all the way to just €20 million and €50 million.

It still leaves Ubisoft in the green, just about, but it represents a very disappointing year when we take into account its previous growth.

There are two big causes for this change in fortunes. Firstly, “a sharp downward revision in the revenues” is expected from Ghost Recon Breakpoint and, to a smaller degree, The Division 2. In a nutshell, these games weren’t the success which Ubisoft was predicting.

Secondly, three Ubisoft games have been delayed. Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six: Quarantine and Watch Dogs Legion were all expected to launch before the end of March 2020. All three games have been pushed to fiscal 2020-21, which runs from April 2020 through to March 2021.

Of these games, Watch Dogs Legion was the only one with a confirmed release date. Originally pencilled in for launch on March 6th, 2020, it’s now been pushed back to an undetermined date.

“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,” says Ubisoft.

The good news for Ubisoft in all of this is that it expects the FY2020-21 to be very strong now. It has five AAA titles planned, including the three above. The other two are probably Skull & Bones and the unannounced Assassin’s Creed project.

But now back to the thorny issue of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, which now appears to have massively disappointed both critically and commercially. In its fiscal report, Ubisoft said it thought Ghost Recon Breakpoint was on course for success having tracked well “based on E3, Gamescom, previews and our latest internal playtests.”

Ubisoft attributes Breakpoint’s failure to three chief reasons - It’s harder to generate interest for a sequel to a GaaS title; the new innovations were not perfectly implemented; and Ghost Recon Breakpoint wasn’t unique enough so it didn’t stand out from the crowd. All of these points seem pretty much bang on the money, it’s perhaps just a shame Ubisoft wasn’t aware of this before Breakpoint hit store shelves.

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22:27 Oct-25-2019

Welp i didnt have much time for all the games that are coming out anyways so no biggie

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18:03 Oct-25-2019

well atleast they dont force the devs to crunch ..so

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07:34 Oct-25-2019

The division 1 is a game that no matter how downgraded is still breath taking to walk through you are in a dense lived out world and many things work together to give you the feeling that New York Really Went to **** in a way no one has rea

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07:37 Oct-25-2019

really expected. when we think of the world going to $HlT we think War, Nuclear Fallout, Zombies, Aliens, Monsters what Ubisoft did was it took the Black Plague and threw us smack dab in the middle of it. so we saw a city that until very re

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07:39 Oct-25-2019

very recently was really normal and then just got sick all together and society around it crumbled. this is something people could associate with cause we have all at one point or another Heck multiple times in our life been severely ill an

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07:41 Oct-25-2019

and cared for people who have been severely ill in our own family. thats how the world is gameplay options wise it gets super repetitive after rolling down the same street 50 hours later and much worse after putting in 170 hours but the wor

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07:44 Oct-25-2019

world still is captivating and it works. Division 2 because of the time gap, went with society rebuilding itself and different factions separating themselves up slight co-operation between some conflict between some. we've been here before

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07:46 Oct-25-2019

in many many games MAD MAX doing it best. and Ubisoft did not really innovate with the world. it changed the setting to an open landscape and added more grass. well snow was cooler the snow storms were epic it felt like a Frozen hell Divisi

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07:48 Oct-25-2019

Division 2 felt like meh. and lets be honest the gameplay wasnt really improved to a degree that you can justify it as a sequel instead i would have loved a prequel in New York to show us how eveything went to $hlt with the 1st Wave how New

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07:50 Oct-25-2019

York got choped into tiny little pieces and then blocked out and then maybe pick up right after Division 1 ends and be forced to Go into the locked up hell deeper into the undergrounds like THE UNDERGROUND DLC which is awesome. but add an

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07:54 Oct-25-2019

actual Map and huge exploration while surviving new enemies and other unknown threats in pure darkness with only flash lights and torches. Somthing Similar to Metro but with a crew and if you dont survive it you lose all your progress PvEvP

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01:29 Oct-25-2019

Breakpoint is garbage and they had to acknowledge it. They tried to do with breakpoint what they did with division 2 and ruined the game while also acknowledging that division 2 didn't live up to what they wanted or even to the first game.

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01:30 Oct-25-2019

Talking to companies with our wallets is working.

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06:58 Oct-25-2019

Breakpoints was simply just an excuse to make use of the previous games as source material to implement micro-transactions lol

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13:37 Oct-25-2019

Which makes it a garbage game. Ubisoft actually had to tell investors how they mucked up Division 2 and Breakpoint

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20:14 Oct-24-2019

They probably delayed those games so they could brainstorm a different way to incorporate the in-game store.

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17:31 Oct-24-2019

i won't be crying over UbiSuck's setback. They aren't on my boycott list for nothing.

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17:52 Oct-24-2019

I mean yeah it's bugisoft, but they have some really cool games and they are good games as competitors for others, for eg watch dogs can be played until new gta comes out, or the crew until new nfs comes out and so on

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18:34 Oct-24-2019

Haven't enjoyed any Ubisoft game since Forgotten Sands which came out in 2010. There were still few ok games, but after Blacklist Ubisoft released bunch of repetitive open-world beep. Company has been dead to me for years.

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03:50 Oct-25-2019

Agreed, bugs are annoying but ubi has some good games. Obviously there are failures like Breakpoint, but recent AC games & R6 has kept me hooked. Div2's endgame isn't great but the journey to endgame was good enough, it can still get better

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