What is going on at Ubisoft right now? We’re getting bad vibes from the publisher at the minute, so we hope all is okay on the inside. Following on from Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora’s delay, the French publisher has confirmed that it’s cancelled four games – including the free-to-play Ghost Recon Frontline, which was due out on PS5 and PS4.
The Battle Royale, which was only announced less than a year ago, was pretty poorly received when it was originally revealed – but has had a handful of betas in 2022. It’s now no longer for this world. The same is true of Splinter Cell VR, which was announced for Meta Quest alongside an Assassin’s Creed spin-off a couple of years ago. It looks like the latter is safe for now, while a PS5 remake of the original Splinter Cell is still in development as well.
The two other games the publisher has cancelled were unannounced, so we’ll probably never know what they entailed – unless the details leak, of course. It’s worth remembering that, while it’s unusual for announced games to get cancelled, projects get shuffled around internally all the time – and we don’t even know how far along these two additional titles were.
Nevertheless, it’s a strange period for Ubisoft, which seems to be struggling a little bit – at least from our perception. Its maligned Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake has effectively been rebooted, and while Skull and Bones is finally coming out later this year, it’s taken an eternity for the publisher to steady that project’s ship.
Of course, a September livestream is scheduled to reveal the “future” of Assassin’s Creed, with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Basim tipped to be the protagonist of a brand new title. How are you feeling about the current state of Ubisoft? Do these project cancellations concern you, or is it all par for the course when it comes to game development?
Man these guys been bleeding for a while now. I think if AC Valhalla hadn't been such a massive success, Ubisoft would have been at the edge of their existence by now. Also explains why they wanna be acquired.
I'm guessing someone is going to buy them sooner or later. They have had more luck with AC lately but it seems like the rest of their games are just mediocre. They seem to need a massive injection of new talent. Part of me wants Sony to pick them up for the great IPs but at the same time, they don't seem to be worth much other than the name recognition.
Sony eyeing up an acquisition? Seems the ship might be ready to be towed to safe ground by a Sony or Microsoft..
Canning off splinter cell vr is a farcry.
Hopefully one of those wasn’t Rayman 3 HD rerelease on PS5
I think they're trimming the fat to make themselves as enticing as possible to potential buyers.
Ehh, maybe they are trying to get away from being a meme.
I tell you what some of this is for these studios
Dam working from home, companies brought in policies during and after covid and some are getting WFH all week or 2 or 3 days per week.
My company have done it, it’s a right pain and does not help inter departmentally at all.
Also some use it and abuse it for wrong reasons
Like saving on child care and keeping them at home
Which does not work when you meant to be working.
PS, I go into work full time.
@itsfoz I hope not. Don't really like any of the Ubisoft games. The only ones I liked was the South Park games.
Who else came here expecting Beyond Good and Evil 2?
I've read a lot about Ubisoft mismanaging projects, Skull and Bones being a big one until it's re-reveal recently.
Seems like they struggle to get games out the door that aren't Assassin's Creed.
I doubt a full blown acquisition is on the cards in the next few quarters at least - due to being family owned (if I remember rightly) and the appetite wasn't there yet.
I foresee a partnership or merger in the future in the next few years though, but I may be proven wrong.
Not really Ubisofts year:
Prince of Persia Remake to be redone
Skull and Bones shaping to be a disappointment
Beyond Good and Evil silent
4 games canned.
Weirdly silent on the next Assassin's Creed (Hype train has usually started by now)
The Crew 2 ps5 patch is terrible
Aiden Pierce is the star of the manga not Wrench
Ubisoft use to be the one of my favourite publishers during the 6th and 7th gens. Can't believe how hard these big publishers have fallen.
Games as a service destroyed Ubisoft, the creativity, uniqueness, risk taking, everything. Thankfully (pure sarcasm), Sony is going all in on service stuff as well!
It’s like they are getting ready to be bought ? 🤔
As much as the GR fanbase didn't like the idea of a battle royale game using the IP, it makes more sense than a lot of Ubisoft's other recent spinoffs.
I think it makes even more sense after the stumbling of one of its biggest competitors in the FPS BR space, Battlefield. They'd really only be going up against CoD and Apex and those series aren't nearly as tactical.
I personally would have at least tried it. I get a hankering for realistic shooters more often than not.
Probably some internal reorganization stuff. Hopefully it’s just switching priorities and not laying off hardworking devs.
That said, I’m more than fine with these cancellations. I don’t care for anymore battle-royale shooters and the Splinter Cell reboot is way more important than a VR title.
They started listening to me and realized they can create a true masterpiece if they channel all resources to just a few games.
I have no doubt Microsoft would have bought Ubisoft already if it wasn't for the antitrust scrutiny coming their way with the Activision Blizzard sale.
For Sony, the price is probably too steep, plus they already has several open world games in a similar vein as what Ubisoft is known for, anyway.
Ubi's been adrift for years. They still make some great games at times, but not like they once could. They were great for a while, but at some point maybe 2015 or so they just lost sight of what they were doing. They grew exponentially into dozens of oversize studios in dozens of countries and became their own content farm, then they swung wildly at every single new business model that passed them by, getting predictably burned by each.
In hindsight, I think it was the Vivendi hostile takeover attempt that ruined them. Same as Activision. In Activision's case they bought them, siphoned every penny of capital they had to plug their other debts, then spun off their empty husk so that all they had left was milking CoD and Guitar Hero and Skylanders to plug the leaks. (Kotick may be a monster, but he did float a sunken ship.)
In Ubi's case they never got taken over, but they realigned the business so much to bolster all the other investment pools that they fell into a trap that their entire production strategy was based on appeasing investment desires at that particular moment in time and fortifying capital to hedge against a clean takeover by the hostile party. By the time the wolves left the gates, they'd already burned down the their own grain silos to make the village not worth pillaging. They've never really recovered since.
I still hope they find some way to recover. They could be great. But I think they're caught in an endless vortex of shoveling coal into the furnace to keep it from catching fire.
They've made poor decision after poor decision lately. Or rather, the suits at the top have made them. Will they be fired or even take a pay cut for steering the ship so badly? Of course not... expect studios being shuttered and employees fired way before that's even considered.
Interesting that this coming out right after the Avatar delay. This is probably for the best though. It seemed like Ubisoft were spreading themselves way too thin on multiple Free to Play and VR projects that no one was really all that interested in anyway. Hopefully now they can reallocate these devs that were working on these games to something not so doomed to fail.
I am little shocked Skull and Bones and XDefiant weren't officially named here though. I wonder what those two unannounced ones were going to be? Hopefully AC Rift wasn't one of them!
Alot of this comes from them chasing the live service unicorn success they had with Siege with every title they release, and its beautifully backfired. I feel for the employees that are affected, but Ubisoft made the bed their laying in.
Ubisoft is just about dead to me. I only loved far cry and watchdogs from them and they released a half baked version of both of them last time out. Barely 7/10 and probably 6.5. I see them going free to play and online multiplayer/live service which means I’m all the way out
writing was on the wall about ubisoft close to 10 years ago. their mismanagement, lack of ambition and complacency will be the end of the publisher as we know it. just a matter of time before they hit rock bottom and are forced to sell.
Ubisoft is pretty much dead right now, maybe they'll make a comeback but seems a bit unlikely right now
When you follow trends (especially bad ones) people lose faith. And they've been taking that for granted for a loooooong time.
@Danloaded they aren't quiet about assassins creed , they literally have an event with the future of the series coming up to announce those games.
@twitchtvpat compared to previous entries id say its quiet. The games normally launch around Christmas with the reveal being in the summer
I just hope they make a sequel to Immortals Fenyx Rising. It was some of the most enjoyable gaming I've had in recent months.
Also, not a PS game, but will immediately buy the sequel to Mario + Rabbids when that comes out. The first game was a gem.
RIP, though in my opinion nothing of value was lost in the first place.
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