South Park: The Fractured But Whole Delayed, As Ubisoft Teases "Very Strong" Nintendo Switch Games
Pushed back again.
[UPDATE] During an earnings call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot teased some of the company's upcoming Nintendo Switch games. It will release Just Dance 2017 as a launch title for the system, and will release multiple other games for the system in 2017 that will be "very strong for the machine."
Guillemot added during the call that Ubisoft won't release as many new IP going forward and will instead focus on growing its existing brands.
The executive added that the upcoming movie based on The Division is "well on the way," though it does not yet have a greenlight. The first part of the script is being written now.
The original story is below.
As part of its newest earnings report today, Ubisoft announced that South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been delayed again. Previously set to come out in Q1 2017 (January-March, 2017), it is now slated to arrive sometime during Ubisoft's fiscal 2017-2018, which translates to April 2017-March 2018.
Ubisoft did not provide any explanation for why it delayed The Fractured But Whole. The game was originally set to come out in December 2016, but in September of that year, Ubisoft announced the delay to 2017 to "make sure the game experience meets the high expectations of fans."
Also in Ubisoft's earnings report, the publisher acknowledged again that Watch Dogs 2's launch was "not as dynamic as expected." The company added that "momentum [is] now positive" for the open-world game. In other news, the publisher said the extreme sports game Steep enjoyed "slightly higher-than-expected performance." In both cases, Ubisoft did not share any specific numbers.
In terms of business performance, Ubisoft's sales amounted to €529.9 million ($564.8 million) for the quarter ended December 31, which is down 5.7 percent from the €561.8 million ($598.8 million) that it recorded a year ago.
In part because of The Fractured But Whole's delay, Ubisoft revised its full-year sales forecast downward. The company is now expected full-year sales to be between €1.45 billion ($1.54 billion) and €1.5 billion ($1.59 billion), compared to the previously announced range of €1.6 billion ($1.7 billion) and €1.67 billion ($1.78 billion).