Ubisoft To Delay Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters and Rainbow Six Quarantine

By Sam Quirke,
Ubisoft is pushing three major upcoming titles into the second half of 2020 due to a very disappointing financial quarter. Gods & Monsters, Watch Dogs: Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine were all flagged up by Yves Guillemot and the Ubisoft executive team during today's call as games that would be delayed, with "next generation" optimizations — but no specific dates have been announced. Guillemot points directly to the performance of Ghost Recon Breakpoint and, to a lesser extent, The Division 2, as reasons for a newly reduced financial projection and the delay of most of Ubisoft's upcoming catalogue.

Watch Dogs: Legion

Unlike Microsoft earlier today who have just given their "Q1" report, Ubisoft operate on the more common fiscal year beginning in April.

During the call, the three games' new release dates were given as Q2 to Q3 in the financial year 2020/21, though this remained pretty vague throughout the call even once listening investors asked the obvious questions. Regardless, this would mean that the earliest we'd see any of these games is Summer 2020 — an unlikely release slot, but possible given the wealth of games now potentially on the slate for Ubisoft in a short period. One or more of these big titles will likely be out for the holiday season 2020, with Guillemot specifically mentioning that the games will all be optimized for PS5 and Project Scarlett.

Guillemot stressed multiple times on the call that none of these decisions relate to the incoming release of Cyberpunk 2077 early next year, instead pointing candidly to the very disappointing critical and commercial reception of Breakpoint as a reason to retreat and rethink.

Brief mentions were made of two unannounced AAA titles from "very big brands" to come in the next financial year as well — Guillemot and others wouldn't budge on specifics, but one of these will almost certainly be the next Assassin's Creed iteration, rumoured to have a Viking setting. As to the other... we hate to resurrect the ghost of Splinter Cell once again in such dark times, but you never know.

Investors on the call were naturally pretty cynical about the future and had lots to talk about, from the wisdom of including so many microtransactions in Ghost Recon Breakpoint at launch to whether Legion's drastic shift in player character is still wise given the instability of the company's forward plans. More than one investor also questioned whether it was a good call to now commit to five big releases in the 2020/21 financial year, given that the company has already had to disappoint on three counts in the current year. Ubisoft were naturally cagey in responding to all of this, though Guillemot genuinely seems to believe that with more time, these three delayed games can thrive alongside two further AAA releases in the coming year.

More details are sure to follow from individual teams at Ubisoft over the coming weeks, but all in all it's a strange moment for Ubisoft — a company now sitting on a huge number of appealing franchises and projects, yet seemingly unable to deliver on them.

Despite the delay to an unknown date, Watch Dogs Legion's pre-order editions are still live. We've listed the various editions below.

Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs: Legion

Build a resistance from virtually anyone you see as you hack, infiltrate, and fight to take back a near- future London that is facing its downfall. Welcome to the Resistance. Pre-order now for the Golden King pack, featuring gun, car, and mask skins!


Watch Dogs: Legion - Gold Edition
Watch Dogs: Legion - Gold Edition

Receive three-day early access and season pass with the Gold Edition. Build a resistance from virtually anyone you see as you hack, infiltrate, and fight to take back a near-future London that is facing its downfall. Welcome to the Resistance. Pre-order now for the Golden King pack, featuring gun, car, and mask skins!


Watch Dogs: Legion - Ultimate Edition
Watch Dogs: Legion - Ultimate Edition

Receive three-day early access, season pass, Ultimate Pack, and four-week VIP status with the Ultimate Edition. Build a resistance from virtually anyone you see as you fight to take back near-future London. Welcome to the Resistance.

Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016 and is now the Editor for both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies. He loves gaming on all devices and in all genres. He remains a stubborn Assassin's Creed and Pokémon fan.