Ubisoft has confirmed the three triple-A games it recently pushed back to the next financial year will now be cross-gen titles.
Initially, the three triple-A games were due to release before the end of March 2020, with both Gods & Monsters and Watch Dogs: Legion securing firm releases dates of February 25th and March 6th, 2020 respectively. Now, all three games have been pushed back to April 2020 to March 2021 but instead of being just current-gen games, the titles will also be available on PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s “Project Scarlett” console.
The news sent Ubisoft’s stock plummeting last week after the developer-publisher announced plans to push back the release of three of its upcoming games until the next financial year.
“The five titles will be on this generation and next generation of consoles, and they will take full advantage of all the new features that are coming with the machines,” said Guillemot (thanks, IGN). “Which are actually going to be extremely interesting for players as you’ll be able to download new content a lot faster.
“Players will experience better framerate, so there are lots of very good elements that will come with those new machines.”
As a result of the delays, Ubisoft announced last week it was lowering its financial targets for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, now expecting net bookings of $1.6 billion. The adjustments are occurring due to the underwhelming launch of Ghost Recon: Breakpoint which released to generally mediocre review scores and “very disappointing” sales, prompting Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot to say “we need to make sure there is more time between each iteration of live games”.
“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,” Guillemot said.
The CEO also mentioned the company has been disappointed by The Division 2, too, but did confirm on its most recent investor call that two more triple-A games are also in the pipeline for next financial year.