Ubisoft’s newest earnings report has delayed two of the corporate’s upcoming video games, with Skull & Bones now positively not popping out earlier than the tip of 2023, and a thriller “big game” that many are speculating to be Star Wars Outlaws.
Introduced with a 2024 launch date already, the hypothesis right here is that Star Wars Outlaws was supposed to launch within the first few months of the 12 months, however that it has now been pushed again to fiscal 12 months 2024-25.
Star Wars Outlaws has had some good exhibiting since its announcement and reveal this summer time, with Huge Leisure crafting a broad rendition of the Star Wars galaxy for gamers to be rapscallions in, exploring the prison underground that’s rife with exercise in a time between The Empire Strikes Again and Return of the Jedi. Its gameplay reveal throughout “not-E3” was notably spectacular.
Whereas Skull & Bones didn’t have a agency launch date, it’s was anticipated to come back out in 2023 as a part of Ubisoft’s plan to launch it in “early 2023-24”. If we ignore the “early” bit, then they will nonetheless hit that exact milestone for traders, however that is nonetheless yet one more delay for a sport that has now been in improvement for over a decade.
Skull & Bones is a multiplayer sea fight sport, making use of comparable know-how to the sea-based Murderer’s Creed IV because it was initially supposed as an growth for Black Flag. It’s been in improvement since 2013, has been repeatedly over funds, and will have initially launched in 2018. The very fact we’re right here over 5 years later with none signal of the ultimate launch date is actually a priority for Ubisoft, however it’s important to think about that they’re unwilling to surrender on all the cash they’ve already invested when it’s presumably so near being completed.
On the very least, it’s been in a big variety of exterior gamers’ palms over the previous 12 months, with a closed beta held in August, so that you’d should assume they’re nonetheless in that last stretch.
Two sport delays isn’t all that unhealthy, contemplating that Ubisoft does nonetheless have a wholesome batch of video games popping out this fiscal 12 months. Alongside Skull & Bones (hopefully), there’s Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR, Simply Dance 2024, Prince of Persia The Lost Crown, and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora – that’s simply the most important wager for the corporate.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot additionally mentioned the corporate is “pleased with the sales momentum” of Assasin’s Creed Mirage and The Crew Motorfest, each of which launched in the previous couple of months.