Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Quarantine Delayed Past March 2021
Ubisoft has pushed two of its biggest games into the 2021-2022 fiscal year, meaning we won't see them until April at the earliest.
Ubisoft has pushed two of its biggest games, Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine, out of the current fiscal year and into FY 2021-2022. That means we'll see them coming sometime between April 2021 and March 2022. During an earnings call, CFO Frédérick Duguet narrowed that timeline slightly, saying the company expects both to hit in the first half of the fiscal year.
The company announced the delays as part of its recent financial earnings statement. It also updated its expectations to reflect the delays of these two "high-contribution titles," which it says were delayed "due to production challenges related to work from home."
The Far Cry team explained the delay in a statement posted to Twitter:
"Earlier this year, we introduced you to Far Cry 6--the most ambitious game in the series to date. We promised an immersive fantasy to lead a modern-day guerrilla revolution set in a rich and exotic world, filled with memorable moments, killer characters, and an epic story.
"While we know you are all anxious to get your hands on Far Cry 6, we want to let you know that we've been given more time to allow us to make this the game you aspire to play while focusing on the well-being of our teams in this unprecedented global context. Our teams around the world are working in the studios and from their homes to pour their passion and creativity into making an unforgettable game--one we hope you will love."
Far Cry 6 had been set for February 18, 2021, while Rainbow Six Quarantine was targeting early 2021. Quarantine had already been delayed in 2019, alongside Watch Dogs Legion and Gods & Monsters (now renamed Immortals: Fenyx Rising). At the time, CEO Yves Guillemot chalked up the delays to a disappointing performance from other recent games, saying that the extra time was necessary to make the projects live up to their potential. Watch Dogs released this week, while Immortals is due in December.
When Far Cry 6 and R6 Quarantine do come out, we'll be well into the next generation with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and Series S on the market. Ubisoft has already detailed plans to offer next-gen upgrades with enhanced performance, and for the time being, at least, isn't making the next-gen versions cost $70.