Ubisoft's Avatar Game Has Been Delayed Alongside Far Cry 6 And Rainbow Six Quarantine
The Assassin's Creed publisher delays another big game, moving the new Avatar game into 2022 or later.
Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine aren't the only Ubisoft games that have been delayed. The French publisher confirmed in its latest report that its new Avatar game based on the James Cameron film franchise has been pushed to a new date further in the future.
This new Avatar game, which is in development at The Division studio Massive Entertainment, will now release during Ubisoft's financial year that begins in April 2022. The first Avatar movie sequel, Avatar 2, is scheduled for release in December 2022 after its own delay. It would make sense that the game will release around that time to capitalize on the hype, but no firm date has been announced yet.
The new delay for the Avatar game was made in response to the delay of the movie, Ubisoft management said on an earnings call.
Ubisoft's first Avatar game came out in December 2009 alongside Cameron's blockbuster that would go on to become the highest-grossing movie of all time until it was dethroned by Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
Almost nothing is known about Ubisoft's new Avatar game, apart from the fact that it is set on Pandora and will come to PC and consoles. No date has been set and no gameplay has been shown. Given the timeline, it's expected the game will release on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
In addition to Massive Entertainment, the new Ubisoft studio Ubisoft Stockholm is contributing to this game. Ubisoft announced that it hired Battlefield veteran Patrick Bach to lead the team, which is on a hiring spree.
As for Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Siege, they are now scheduled to release in Ubisoft's fiscal year 2021-2022, which means they will arrive 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.