Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 delayed, says Ubisoft (quietly)

Out of my way! Coming through! In March!

US-based shooter Far Cry 5 and accidental transformers racer The Crew 2 are both delayed, said Ubisoft last night, in a quiet voice. They announced the delays in the middle of their own livestream for Beyond Good and Evil 2 and shortly before the flash flood of news brought on by the Game Awards threatened to drown us all in release dates and trailers. There’s no suggestion Ubisoft has chosen this time because it will now be a quiet floater of a post in a sea of more interesting revelations. Oh wait. That’s precisely what I’m suggesting.

The delays are not that long. Far Cry 5 is now due on March 27 next year, instead of February 27, while The Crew 2 will be out in the vague “first half of fiscal 2018-2019” instead of the more concrete March 16. They’ve also shoved back a third game they haven’t announced yet, saying it won’t be out until “fiscal 2019-2020”, rather than the originally planned “fiscal 2018-2019”. This is all because they want to spend more time making the games good, they say.

“Taking more time with Assassin’s Creed Origins enabled our talented development team to fully express their creative vision,” said Ubisoft Worldwide Studios director Christine Burgess-Quémard. “As expected, this had a very positive impact on the game’s quality and largely participated to its commercial success. Taking a similar approach, we have decided to invest additional development time in three upcoming games.”

A press release at this time is equivalent to taking your mum out for her birthday, waiting until the cake comes out and everyone starts singing, before quickly mumbling “I’ve failed my exams.” But the reasons for a quieter announcement may be more complicated than avoiding the ire of impatient gamers. A previous delay announcement for Watch Dogs whacked down the company’s share prices, for example.

We don’t know any details about the third unannounced game. Given the amount of Clancies, AssCreeds, Far Cries and Rabbids the developer has running around in its paddock, it would be folly to speculate.

But we love folly. So here are a few guesses:

Assassin’s Creed, Here I Come

Set in 1960s Philadelphia

Far Cry 6: Liverpool

Climb on top of the superlambanana to reveal the map

Tom Clancy’s Kill The Foreign Man

He’s got a gun! But so do you

For Honor 3

They lost the second one on a team-building trip to Saskatchewan, so just started work on the third

Watch Dogs Origins

Set in the 90s, starring Johnny Lee Miller

Tom Clancy’s The Division: United

A name chosen entirely in earnest

15 Comments

  1. SlyDave says:

    Makes you wonder if this delay is due to Ubisoft reassessing their microtransaction strategy for these titles in the wake of the EA controversy…

  2. Excors says:

    The Crew 2 will be out in the vague “first half of fiscal 2017-2018”

    That sounds a bit odd, given that apparently their fiscal years begin in April of the same year. But their press release actually says “first half of Fiscal 2018-19” (i.e. April-September 2018) which seems more plausible.

    • Brendan Caldwell says:

      You’re right! This was my mistake, it’s fixed now. Sorry!

  3. ChrisT1981 says:

    I like the pitch for Watch Dogs: Origins best. HACK THE PLANET

  4. DodgyG33za says:

    If they are uplay exclusive it is like the don’t exist for me…

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    phuzz says:

    before quickly mumbling “I’ve failed my exams.”

    Or you could do what a friend of mine did, which was to drop out/get kicked out of uni, but be too scared to tell his mum, so have to make up increasingly unlikely reasons he was still supposedly studying for seven years, while she still gave him an allowance and he got a (shitty) job.
    He did eventually come clean, but still has the shitty job and no degree.

  6. Werthead says:

    I’m still waiting for Assassin’s Apollo Creed, where you play as a professional boxer who moonlights as an assassin in 1970s America. Missed opportunity.

  7. Matys says:

    “Tom Clancy’s The Division: United

    A name chosen entirely in earnest”

    I’ll admit this took me a second, but god damn is that funny haha

  8. mika76 says:

    “Watch Dogs Origins, Set in the 90s, starring Johnny Lee Miller” hah this sounds absolutely awesome, maybe more as a DLC like Far Cry Dragon Blood or something. Hope they have the neccessary 3D flying/hacking visuals…

  9. skorpeyon says:

    Who would’ve thought that “spending time on games” equates to a better product and more people enjoying the results? Oh, wait, everyone who’s ever criticized them pumping out a new Assassin’s Creed every single year. I do hope they add more polish and produce more games like AC: Origins. It’s the first AC game in a long time I’ve gotten into again. I loved Black Flag and whatnot, but there was still a “go here, do this, clear markers from the map” mentality to it. Origins feels very different to me for a reason I can’t completely put my finger on, even though it could absolutely be treated that way.

    • Zenicetus says:

      I think it feels more relaxed, less pressure this time for a couple of reasons. Every map marker leads to advancing XP, or picking up cash and crafting materials that feed into the gear upgrade system in a natural way. It’s not stupid flag-capturing for an arbitrary achievement rating.

      The other reason is the way the main plot is structured. Bayek’s core motivation is revenge, which can be “best served cold” as the saying goes. There is no major pressure to advance the plot, and he can still pick up side quests where he does his Medjay help-the-people thing. Aside from a few scripted sequences, the game has a relaxed pace where you can choose targets when you feel like it, or just play tourist and explore the world.

  10. CaptServo says:

    I wonder if that has anything to do with the nonsense they just pulled on Steep players.
    Explained thoroughly here.

    • KenTWOu says:

      By the way, two years ago they did almost the same thing with The Crew ditching DX10 support in mandatory Wild Run update.