UBISOFT has announced that it has cancelled three unannounced games, and that Skull and Bones.
Originally announced in 2017, Skull and Bones was first set to release in the autumn of 2018.
It is set to be an action adventure game based on pirates and naval warfare.
This is the sixth time the game has been delayed. The last release date was scheduled for March 2023.
There is no definite release date yet, but it is said it will come out sometime before April next year.
The changes are due to a disappointing year for Ubisoft. The company is looking to save about $200million (£165million) in spending.
Ubisoft previously predicted around 10% growth for the fiscal year, but it is looking to be closer to a 10% decline.
In a call to investors, CEO Yves Guillemot said: “We are clearly disappointed by our recent performance.”
There were a number of reasons given for Ubisoft’s recent poor performance, and the company claims that many other publishers will be feeling similarly.
Due to global high inflation rates, and the cost of living crisis, gamers are moving away from day-one purchases of big-budget titles.
Instead, players are switching to popular free-to-play titles such as Fortnite, Genshin Impact, and mobile games like Pokémon Go.
Ubisoft will have also suffered due to a lack of releases from its most popular series.
The last entry in the Far Cry series was Far Cry 6, which came out in 2021.
More surprising is that the last Assassin’s Creed game was Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which was released in 2020.
This is the longest time in the series history where a new game has not been released.
However, a whopping seven projects for Assassin’s Creed are reportedly in development.
This includes the upcoming mainline game Assassin’s Creed Mirage, which will be set in Baghdad.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.
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