AC Origins “Inspires” Far Cry 5 & The Crew 2 Delays From Ubisoft
A patient approach worked out for Origins, so Ubisoft are now applying that principle to some of their other biggest hitters.
In somewhat surprising news (especially on the eve of The Game Awards – how coincidental), Ubisoft have revealed that Far Cry 5, The Crew 2, and a previously unannounced title have been pushed back. The two big hitters we already know about haven’t had massive delays, but the mysterious new game has been delayed by a whole fiscal year.
Far Cry 5 was due to release on February 27th 2018 but will now land a month later on March 27th instead. The Crew 2, meanwhile, has a less certain new release date, coming in sometime between April and September instead of March. It could be just a month, or it could be quite a few, but to be on the safe side, look for it between August and September.
Ubisoft’s worldwide studios executive director Christine Burgess-Quémardctor said that the decision was inspired by AC Origin’s more patient production and the need to polish the games to get them to standard:
“This decision is in line with our strategic vision of developing even more engaging and higher quality experiences for gamers.
“Taking more time with Assassin’s Creed Origins enabled our talented development team to fully express their creative vision. 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.”
Delays usually aren’t as bad as you might expect; I would prefer to have a solid product on day one than wait on rushed patches for weeks and weeks for it become the game it was supposed to be. A few too many games were rushed to shelves this year with either less than optimal performance or a lack of content, so if Ubisoft need time to make sure that isn’t the case with three of its biggest games, more power to them.
Saying that, though, if this extra production time results in Boomer digging up loot crates for players, I will take that back.