Ubisoft is Set to Launch Five Big Games by March 2021, but One is Notably Absent

Ubisoft is Set to Launch Five Big Games by March 2021, but One is Notably Absent

One of Ubisoft's recent delays has slipped further to 2021, and Beyond Good & Evil 2 looks to be farther out than that.

Last year, following a rougher-than-expected quarter, Ubisoft delayed Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Rainbow Six: Quarantine, warning that some or all of those titles could slip to 2021. Today, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed that one of those three games has indeed been delayed into next year, but all three are set to launch in a six month window from October 2020 to March 2021 alongside two other unannounced AAA titles-and Beyond Good & Evil 2 will miss that window entirely.

On a call with investors, Guillemot confirmed that the five prominent titles Ubisoft previously confirmed for the next fiscal year, spanning from April 2020 to April 2021, will all launch in the third and fourth quarters of the year. From October to December, Ubisoft plans to release three games, including two from the set of Watch Dogs, Rainbow Six, and Ubisoft Quebec's Gods & Monsters. Whichever of those titles doesn't ship in 2020 will launch between January and April of 2021, close to a second unannounced title.

An investor asked Guillemot if one of the unannounced titles mentioned was actually Beyond Good & Evil 2, which Ubisoft first unveiled in 2017. Guillemot confirmed that the long-awaited sequel isn't amongst the five major titles Ubisoft plans to release next fiscal year, suggesting the very earliest we could see it is in Spring or Summer 2021.

Prior to Ubisoft's delay announcements last October, Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Rainbow Six: Quarantine were all targeting releases in the first half of 2020, meaning that the undisclosed game releasing in early 2021 may miss its original release window by close to a year. Guillemot took care to reassure investors on the earning call that Ubisoft is happy with the progress on all five titles in question.

Ubisoft does run the risk of cannibalizing its own games' success by releasing all its major titles for the year in such a small window, but Guillemot also promises the company has taken differentiation into consideration. "Each of them comes with great features that set them apart," says Guillemot in a new statement released alongside the latest earnings.

All three of the known titles in question were revealed at Ubisoft's presentation at E3 2019, but we've only seen gameplay footage from Ubisoft Toronto's Watch Dogs: Legion so far.

Ubisoft Montreal hasn't said much about Quarantine's co-op horror spin on Rainbow Six since its reveal. Last week, creative director Mike Laidlaw left Ubisoft Quebec after just over a year at the studio; it's unknown whether Laidlaw was working on Gods & Monsters or a different, still-unannounced project.

Ubisoft reported a relatively healthy quarter given the launch of Just Dance 2020, the continued success of Rainbow Six Siege, and strong sales for 2018's Assassin's Creed: Odyssey over the holiday season, but the company's still pacing "well below" its initial expectations for the year. Later on in the earnings call, Guillemot fielded more questions from investors about the disappointing performance of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, which has yet to rebound from its troubled launch.

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Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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