The Crew delayed by Ubisoft

After Watch Dogs, Ubisoft also announced a delay for The Crew.

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Following the delay of Watch Dogs to Spring 2014, Ubisoft has also confirmed that it has delayed the release of its open-world next-gen racer The Crew.

The Crew was never given a specific date, but was pegged to be released in Spring 2014. Ubisoft has now pushed the game back to its next financial year, meaning it will be released after April 1, 2014.

The game was first revealed at E3 2013.

Speaking about the delay of both The Crew and Watch Dogs, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said "our long term goal is to win the next generation. The tough decisions we are taking today to fully realize the major potential of our new creations have an impact on our short-term performance."

"We are convinced that, longer term, they will prove to be the right decisions both in terms of satisfaction for our fans and in terms of value creation for our shareholders. We are building franchises that will become perennial pillars of Ubisoft’s financial performance. In a context of growing successes for mega-blockbusters, the additional time given to the development of our titles will allow them to fulfill their huge ambitions and thus offer players even more exceptional experiences.”

Guillemot concluded by saying that he believes Ubisoft will break its record for operating revenue in fiscal years 2014-15 and 2015-16. As a result of the delays, the company has lowered its sales target for the year a figure between €995 million and €1,045 million for the year. Its previous sales targets sat between €1,420 million and €1,450 million.

Discussion

81 comments
poseidion
poseidion

Usually I don't care about game delays cuz there's always something to play (playing GTA V atm). BUT, I reserved the PS4 only for the two games precisely delayed: Watch Dogs and The Crew. Now, since I don't care about anything else so far regarding next-gen games, what the fudge am I supposed to do with a new shiny console growing roots in my room? Yes, exactly the first thing that passed thru your dirty mind. Thanks Ubisoft, another company on my hate-list. Game Stop and Sony: sorry but I'm using the $100 I used to preorder the PS4 for later.

freeden
freeden

Wow Ubi, get your shiz together. Seriously, 2 games pushed back a month before the release of the PS4? Kind of sad. Especially with one of them being a launch title. Yes, I understand The Crew was not a launch title, but it makes it nonetheless sad. I think Ubi jumped the gun with these two titles. Maybe, in the future, they should hold off on announcements unless they are 100% sure.

bmart970
bmart970

The Crew looks awesome in my opinion. I don't really care that much if it's held back for awhile. I probably won't buy next gen right away.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

Hmm, how many open-world racers do we have already?

Deaho
Deaho

lol,did some body make's Ubisoft sad from PS4 and Xbox One !!!!

KelboDelta
KelboDelta

One of my favorite next games delayed too, and both ubisoft games. Seems like those projects are having problems in ubisoft.


meatz666
meatz666

Ubisoft should've stayed home during this year's E3...

daviz88
daviz88

i think its self to assume that AC 4 is next on the list

shreddyz
shreddyz

I allot myself only two "I don't give a f**k"s per day. This is a good place to use one!

Rammone4
Rammone4

I have a thought here. Who else thinks that these delays might be attributed to GTA V? Though all titles are different in general, they all retain similarities - at least in classification, they could all be bundled in the same gaming category.


I think this is a strategic move more than anything else on Ubisoft's part.

tim1935
tim1935

Financial year, huh?  Its all about the money.  They must have no good releases for next fiscal year so they want to pad their financial docket by delaying some titles according to their corporate calendar.  Hopefully this means the games will be better in the end and not just be shelved for months to wait for release.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

Ha! PS4 isn't going to have any launch titles here soon, go for those indies I guess...

themc_7
themc_7

" €995 million and €1,045 million for the year. Its previous sales targets sat between €1,420 million and €1,450 million. "

you mean 1.42 - 1.45 Billion. It sounds really weird to say a thousand million.

themc_7
themc_7

Ubisoft must be really busy. 2 Big delays in 1 week! 

inkyspot
inkyspot

What the hell is the Crew? 

Doesn't matter anyway I will more likely not get it.

llMurcielagoll
llMurcielagoll

To be honest, this one doesn't matter to me either. Not buying this piece of crap. I'd rather put that 60 bucks into a copy of DriveClub and/or Forza Motorsport 5. I am not too sure if this one is going to make a lot of profit for Ubisoft.

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

Don't care, not going to buy it anyway.

futureops
futureops

We should delay Ubisoft now before they delay games that won't be released by them in 2014.

MN121MN
MN121MN

I don't know why but after reading this article I somehow doubt quality is the main issue.... I think it's the "getting more revenue" part and the "substitute good" theory that is the more pressing focus that causes their change of minds.

Not saying that they won't improve the quality though. Just saying I don't think it's the main reason. Hope they deliver a very unforgettable (in a good way) experience.

digitdan
digitdan

I'm really, really hoping this game is good, so the delay is fine with me if it helps quality.

Catz_03
Catz_03

How do you delay a game that didn't even have a release date attached to it? 

Mr_Mark_Legion
Mr_Mark_Legion

unless a game is coming out during the current week, i just assume the release date is an extremely soft release date. this happens way too often to be surrpised anymore.

NbAlIvEr10000
NbAlIvEr10000

Damn Ubisoft, get yo' shit together!  We already know that ACIV will be shit anyways, hence the reason you didn't delay that....

Creed02
Creed02

Anyone cares about this game ?

wookiegr
wookiegr

Sounds like they need to enslave some Chinese students to come in and move things along.

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

@daviz88 Never going to happen. AC is a yearly release, so pushing back one means pushing back all future releases. 

tranceology3
tranceology3

@Catz_03 Who knows, but worse news than this, my inside sources just told me Assassin's Creed 5 just got delayed... 

MN121MN
MN121MN

@Catz_03 It's possible. I mean, look at Paradox Interactive' East vs West. No release date announced (at least with Crew you have estimate), but then it got delayed almost a year.

Stebsis
Stebsis

@Catz_03 You know how games sometimes have specific release date some 6 months away, or even a lot more? They plan these things, they know how much time it approximately takes to do specific things and when the deadline is coming up. Not everything of course go according to plan and that's why there're delays etc. but they do have the general idea when it should be done, and they know when the Crew should be done so even if they didn't say release date to us, they most likely had some general idea themselves.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

@fredyellowone delay? its a wonder how people will buy the next gen consoles day one! most releases will be in current gen as well as the next. the sensible thing to do is to buy atleast a year after release. I bought my X360 in 2008. avoided a lot of hustle with the RRoD. PS3 came in 2012, but thats just me driven by lack of funds and later the lack of enthusiasm that cursed this gen.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@PETERAKO @fredyellowone who cares. 

BF4 on ps3 or ps4. thats dumb. ps4. what other reason do you need to get console on day.

If it wasnt for early adopters then things like HDTV, Blu ray, and DVDs would never take off. 

Glitchhawk
Glitchhawk

@fredyellowone @Creed02 this and the division are 2 of the games i want the most. i'm perfectly ok with delays even if they are somewhat depressing.