Delays are nothing new in the world of video games, but it’s rare that so many high profile games get delayed on the same day, so we’re going to write about it.
Ubisoft started up the delay train during a shareholder’s meeting to go over the company’s 2020-2021 plans. In notes released before the call, it was revealed that Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods & Monsters would all be pushed back. Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot explained the company’s reasons…
“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. This decision will have a very significant impact on our financial results for this fiscal year and goes against our recent successes in building a more stable development model. However, it is in line with our strategy to maximize the future value of our brands for the long-term benefit of our employees, players and shareholders. We expect it to have a positive impact on our financial performance as from 2020-21.”
Watch Dogs Legion was scheduled to release on March 6, 2020, but has now been pushed back to fiscal year 2021, which means April 1, 2020 is the absolute earliest we would see it, but you can be pretty sure it’ll be well after April. 2021.
Gods & Monsters, which is not a game based on the Bill Condon movie that starred Ian McKellan and Brendan Fraser, was initially set to come out February 25, 2020 now has no specific release, just – you guessed it – fiscal year 2021
Rainbow Six Quarantine never had a firm release date – all Ubisoft had said previously was 2020. If we had to guess, and we don’t but we’re going to anyway, it looks like Quarantine won’t be coming until late 2020, early 2021.
With the delay train chugga-chugga-chugging out of the station, Naughty Dog jumped on and left behind a million sad gamers with the announcement that The Last of Us Part 2 was being pushed back from February 21 to May 29.
The weirdness here is that the original release date for Last of Us 2 was revealed just a few weeks ago, but Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann explained the company’s reasoning…
“…it was during the last few weeks, as we were closing out sections of the game, that we realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality. At this point we were faced with two options: compromise parts of the game or get more time. We went with the latter, and this new release date allows us to finish everything to our level of satisfaction while also reducing stress on the team.”
If you listen carefully, you can still hear the screams of sorrow coming from hundreds of thousands of gamers.
Luckily for us, there’s plenty of games coming out in the next bunch of months to keep us busy. We’ve got Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and The Outer Worlds coming tomorrow, then Death Stranding, Need for Speed Heat, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, and Shenmue III in November. That alone would be enough to keep any gamer happy for months, right?