Ubisoft has pushed back both Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six: Quarantine as a result of development issues that have come about in the wake of teams working from home.
Ubisoft was prepared to have a pretty stacked remainder of its fiscal year with upcoming releases like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising, but we have now learned that not all of these games will be releasing in their originally planned windows.
Announced as part of today’s latest earnings release for Ubisoft, the publisher has opted to delay both Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six: Quarantine out of the current fiscal year. This means that neither game will release until April 1, 2021 at the earliest, with March 31, 2022 being the latest date of arrival. Ubisoft said that the reason to push back both games was due to development issues that arose as teams have been working from home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also said that these delays will also help strengthen Ubisoft’s sales in the long term after a strong first half of the year performance-wise.
“Benefitting from this strong momentum and 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,” explained Ubisoft’s CFO Frédérick Duguet.
Far Cry 6, specifically, was slated to launch on February 18 of 2021 and was one of the first releases on the horizon in 2021 that many were excited for. In the case of Rainbow Six: Quarantine, the new entry in the series was announced all the way back at E3 2019 but since hasn’t been shown off whatsoever. Its delay is perhaps less surprising than that of Far Cry 6.
Considering the manner in which Ubisoft’s studios are working right now, it’s hard to say when either title might end up releasing within the publisher’s next fiscal year. Either way, we’ll probably start to learn more about both games early in 2021.
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