The publisher called for them to be pushed back after disappointing sales of Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2. CEO Yves Guillemot suggested in a conference call that Ubisoft would not wait long enough between the sequels to allow these games to have more of an impact. “We believe this is due to the fact that people have been playing these games for a long time and have been able to experience this gameplay for a long time, so we have to wait longer for something more differentiated,” he said.
As a result, Ubisoft has more time to work on these games for the Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Watch Dogs: Legion development teams “to ensure that their respective innovations are perfectly implemented to give players the best experience possible.”
Skull and Bones, his multiplayer pirate game, has been postponed from this fall until fiscal 2020-21. In the conference call, Ubisoft confirmed that the title will be postponed to the following fiscal year (or April 2021 at the earliest).
Ubisoft plans to release five AAA games in fiscal year 2020-21. In addition to Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods & Monsters and Rainbow Six Quarantine you can expect two titles from Ubisoft’s “biggest concessions”. This suggests that new Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry titles are on the way at this time. It’s unclear what that could mean for Beyond Good and Evil 2.
The shifts are likely to have a significant impact on Ubisoft’s revenues in the current fiscal year (which does not include a new Assassin’s Creed game to rely on). Forecasts for the period 2019-20 have been reduced from € 2.185 billion (US $ 2.4 billion) for net bookings to € 1.45 billion (€ 1.6 billion) and earnings forecasts have been around € 480 million EUR down to EUR 20 million to EUR 50 million. Ubisoft will report results for the first half of the fiscal year on October 30th.
You can read Guillemot’s full explanation of the Ghost Recon Breakpoint performance and delays here.