Ubisoft announced plans to delay three games today: Far Cry 5, due to launch on February 27, 2018, has been delayed until March 27; The Crew 2, scheduled for March 16, 2018, is expected to be ready sometime between April and September; and an "unannounced franchise game" that had been planned for launch in the company's 2018-19 fiscal year is now established for 2019-20.
"Our vision for The Crew 2 has always been ambitious: to really surprise players by pushing the limits of the open-world racing genre to the limit." The comments we have received so far from fans and the press have been enormously Encouraging, and we are grateful beyond the words for their continued confidence and support, "the Crew 2 team said in their announcement of delay.
"In order to fulfill our promise, we have made the difficult decision to delay the launch date between April and September 2018. While we are excited to share the joys of Motornation with you as soon as possible, I do not want to do it before the game is ready. "
Far Cry 5 does not currently have such a detailed delay message, but an update on the Ubiblog says that "the extra time will allow the Ubisoft Montreal team to make some additional improvements that will provide the best, most ambitious experience of Far Cry in line with the team's original vision. "
Ubisoft Worldwide Studios executive director Christine Burgess-Quémard said the decision to delay the games was driven in part by the success of Assassin & # 39; s Creed: Origins, which emerged after Ubisoft's decision to early 2016 to reduce annualized sequelae.
"Taking more time with Assassin & # 39; s Creed: Origins allowed our talented development team to fully express their creative vision, as expected, this had a very positive impact on the quality of the game and participated in a large part of its commercial success, "said Burgess-Quémard. . "Taking a similar approach, we have decided to invest additional development time in three upcoming games."
Obviously, a one-month delay of Far Cry 5 is not the same as a one-year delay of AC: Origins, but the reprogramming of Crew 2 is soft enough not to be surprised that it is longer, particularly if Ubisoft sees an opening for an "open arcade arcade runner" in the 2018 holiday quarter. But regardless of the details, I will not complain: I'd rather wait for something good before making a half-time effort.