In a recent announcement, Ubisoft confirms that they have cancelled three additional unannounced games. This means that as of July 2022, Ubisoft has canceled at the very least seven different video games. This is a bad sign for Ubisoft, as they said that recent games such as Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope did not perform well during the Christmas time.
The past couple of years have been difficult for Ubisoft and it has been struggling to make changes to its unhealthy work environment. It also continues to try (and in the end, failing) to launch big-name games such as Skull and Bones, Prince of Persia and the film tie-in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. The flu epidemic has made the situation more difficult for the company, as it adjusts to employees who work from home, and all the problems that come along. In a new press release from earlier today, Ubisoft explains that to aid in overcoming the storm, it has taken the decision to pull out of even more games, while lowering its goals for profit for the coming quarter.
Ubisoft claims that the reason it decided to stop three more games is to make sure that the company’s efforts are “focused on developing the brands we have and our live service to be among the most influential in the gaming industry.” The three games aren’t mentioned in the press announcement. In an email for Kotaku, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot further explained to employees that the cancellation of these games was to reduce the risk and allow the company to be better able to make money in the coming years.
The three games being canceled add to the list of previously discontinued Ubisoft games, which includes two Tom Clancy games: Free-to-play shooter Ghost Recon Frontline and a VR Splinter Cell project. This brings the number of games that have been cancelled in July to seven, and that’s only what we’ve learned publicly.
Which Games Do You Have in Mind? Ubisoft Still Working on?
What games are in development at Ubisoft in the year 2023? Surprisingly, quite a few even with these seven cancelled projects.
It’s Skull and Bones, Ubisoft’s long-running and shaky online pirate game, that was delayed yet again on the same day according to this press announcement. This means that, at some point in the future day, I believe, will launch. Maybe? In addition, Ubisoft offers two Avatar games that are in development – one for mobile devices and another game for PC, console and console also. The company also has a mobile version to Rainbow Six Siege that should be released sooner rather than later.
There’s plenty of Assassin’s Creed stuff planned to launch over the next few years, including the stealth-oriented spin-off Assassin’s Creed Mirage, set to launch in the year ahead. Another will be Assassin’s Creed Project Red which is set in Japan and the spin-off Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade, an “triple three” mobile game that takes place in China. There’s no release date specific for also. We should not forget that the Prince of Persia remake is still in development as is the little-known Splinter Cell remake, too.
Of course, considering Ubisoft’s current track record and the fact that games are becoming more difficult and more costly to create every year, it’s inevitable that the majority of these new projects will, like a lot of other video games — be delayed at least twice. That’s assuming they’re not completely canceled and added to Ubisoft’s growing catalog of games that are canned.
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