An Ubisoft press release detailing the company's financial targets and release schedule for 2019-20 suggests that its multi-platform open-world adventure game Gods & Monsters has been pushed into the next financial year.
Originally announced for release on 25th February 2020 (as the official website still indicates), the wording in the report describing the initial financial targets for 'fiscal 2020-21' states that the decision has been taken to "increase development time for Gods & Monsters" as well as the non-Switch games Watch Dogs Legion and Rainbow Six: Quarantine. These games "will all now be released in fiscal 2020-21", according to the report. The timing isn't more specific than that, but it seems that the launch has been bumped back by at least a couple of months, potentially more.
According to the document, the disappointing performance of Ghost Recon: Breakpoint has caused the company to reevaluate its approach and lineup for the coming year. One of the reasons for the game's underperformance noted by Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot is that Breakpoint "did not come in with enough differentiation factors, which prevented the game’s intrinsic qualities from standing out."
We are tackling these issues head-on and already are implementing significant changes to our production processes. We are confident in our capacity to adapt and evolve, as we have done successfully many times in the past.
In this overall context, we have decided to postpone the releases of Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine and Watch_Dogs Legion until 2020-21. While each of these games already has a strong identity and high potential, we want our teams to have more development time to ensure that their respective innovations are perfectly implemented so as to deliver optimal experiences for players.
A general fatigue with Ubisoft's open-worlds led to the Assassin's Creed franchise taking a welcome break from its annual outings and coming back stronger than ever with 2017's Assassin's Creed Origins. From the sound of things, a similar malaise might be affecting other games in the company's roster.
Ultimately, we're happy to wait until the game's ready. There's hardly a shortage of stuff to play on Switch, but there will certainly be people disappointed to see the game getting delayed. We'll keep you posted when more concrete release date details emerge.
Were you looking forward to Gods & Monsters in February? Had you forgotten all about it until you saw this headline? Let us know your thoughts on the state of Ubisoft below.
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Aww, I was looking forward to this. But here is hoping that Ubisoft actually keeps their promise to put this on Switch this time. cough steep cough Bake it well Ubisoft!
I wasn't even aware that this was a thing.
Considering how little we've seen/heard about it so far, I would have been more surprised if it actually did release in February.
Ubisoft needs more time to sneak innuendo into the game.
This was 1 of the games I was most looking forward too, I like originality, not yearly sequels.
Of course it's also the game I've most been waiting on to hear a delay since it was smack dab in the middle of this release calendar on 100m install base PS4.
My post from Sept 24, the day they announced the "original" release date for TLoU2.
Gods & Monsters 2/25
W_D Legions 3/6
Marvel's Avengers 5/15
Gods & Monsters needs to SERIOUSLY rethink that release date.
No surprise for me. We know almost absolutely nothing about this game and we haven't seen any gameplay of it. They have to market the game first and try to convince the consumers why they should by Gods & Monsters.
From what I know so far it seems like a very interesting alternative Zelda clone, but I have to see more off it.
I’m all for delaying a game when needed. But it makes me worry when one company delays 3 games all at once like that
Maaaaaan Gods and Monsters was actually my most anticipated game for early next year (since we still don't have a date for Doom Eternal) Hopefully it's Q2 still.
We haven't even seen any of it so no surprise. Watch Dogs hurts though
Just waiting here...
For Jim Sterling vid on Ubisoft wonderfull explaination as to why Ghost Recon BP has tanked soo bad....
I'm looking forward to this game. The strange silence seems to fit development difficulty. Guess I'll scratch this game release date off my calendar.
I was interested in Gods and Monsters, but had decided to skip it because of Ubi's microtransaction shenanigans . I'd forgiven all the MTX for Assassin's Creed Odyssey, but they've gotten more and more aggressive in games released since then. Hopefully this delay means Gods and Monsters will remove all that stuff and give us a complete game where we can get everything cosmetic without having to either pony up extra cash or grind out currency for hundreds of hours.
Gotta prop up 599 US Dollars PS5 and Xbonetwo lmao
Watch Dog is rough.. But God and monsters looked meh... Was like Assassins creed made by the cartoon network.
If Open world I want something stunning and epic.
Just because the game doesn't have a realistic art-style doesnt mean it wont be "stunning and epic."
An Ubisoft game? Delayed?? Lol
Why not let some if these titles breath and I don't know maybe release a Rayman game?
Watch Dogs and Rainbow Six definitely got delayed for PS5 and XBox Two.
@westman98 Maybe for some. But for me the wow factor of walking into Athens for the first time in AC: Odyssey will never be the same with some Hanna-Barbera: Saturday Morning look.
CyberPunk is a world I am dying to explore. Even moving it to PC, because doubt any home console right now will do it justice.
If only there was new amazingly powerful console hardware on the horizon that could do the game justice...
@NorrinRadd I'm so going to pre-order one.
I just have the 2013 launch PS4 unit... I mean do not get me wrong, Still loving it for CodeVein and Cold Steel 3 and I got my money worth the last 6 years. But like I did with CONTROL, just playing it safe and using my PC for CyberPunk.
So does this mean they’re gonna polish and tighten up what makes these games great, or are they just gonna bolt on a battle royale mode or whatever else is popular at the moment?
"did not come in with enough differentiation factors"
Then you look at the charts and Fifa is (or recently was) the number one. Devs can make fortunes out of the same formulas for some (or quite a long) time but not forever
I'm fine with a delay. The concept and art style of Gods and Monsters hooked me, hopefully it lives up to its potential.
...Was this even confirmed for the Switch?
Why did Breakpoint not sell well? Cause it was the same just with a different name Ubisoft. You can have your open world games but hey hows about an offline campaign? Its radical and a lit of folk wont know what I'm talking about. But hey give it a go.
Must be a;l the lut craets and DLC and micro transactions,
pardon "surprise game "play mechanics", they stlil need to put in the game.
We can't have selling a single whole coherent game now can we ?
@RareFan I somewhat agree with you because we didn't see much gameplay, but this game is coming from the Devs of assassin's creed which I personally think where great games, especially odyssey. I'm looking forward to this one but sucks it's delayed.
The screenshots of Gods and Monsters really caught my attention, but my enthusiasm deflated when I saw those words... "Open World." I've never found an open world game I've loved. Kind of enjoyed; sure. But none of my favorite games have ever been open worlds, and I doubt that's going to change anytime soon.
@sanya_exe yes but this is Ubisoft. They can always change their minds later.
Yeah dude, we haven’t even seen a single trailer. Sucks to see two games I was excited for getting delayed in the last few days
It's becoming very clear that sequels to online multiplayer GAAS games are simply not performing well at all. The sales drop-off from The Division 1 and Ghost Recon Wildlands to The Division 2 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint was significant.
All these big publishers are delaying games. It’s starting to feel like gamers are finally getting fed up with these lazy copy paste games and these big publishers aren’t getting the returns they’d hoped for. This warms my heart.
Knowing Ubisoft it’s taking them this long to plan the empty plastic box with piece of paper inside
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