A Prediction Of Ubisoft’s AAA Slate For The Remainder Through March 2021

by Sage Ashford

During their fiscal earnings call last week, Ubisoft talked about the games they would be publishing for the remainder of their fiscal year. As fans might be aware, Ubisoft had a sizable slate of titles that were planned for the very beginning of the year, with Gods and Monsters and Watch Dogs: Legion originally planed for first quarter 2020 launches.
Unfortunately, after the poor critical response to last fall’s Ghost Recon: Breakpoint — from both fans and critics — Ubisoft decided it would be best to delay all of their titles. The company remained silent about these games until their fiscal earnings call, where they finally decided to explain their plans.
Currently, there are five AAA titles which are planned for release between September 2020 and March 2021, the end of their Fiscal 2021 year. The first three will release between September and December, with the final two releasing next Winter.
What we know for sure is that both Skull & Bones and Beyond Good and Evil 2 will not be part of this AAA release slate. This is unsurprising, as Skull & Bones experienced something of a reboot after it’s creative director left back in 2018. If we had to guess, this is most likely a sign that the game will be adding a significantly expanded single player mode, something not unlike the popular Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. This would track, considering Black Flag was what made people ask for a pirate game to begin with.
Then there’s Beyond Good and Evil 2. The last time the team spoke on this was at the end of 2019, but they weren’t interested in showing any gameplay footage. As they were fine with showing footage back in 2018, the best assumption is they’re getting close to being finished with the game, and with only maybe two years left they don’t want to show anything which looks close enough to finished for fans to assume that’s what the final product looks like. If that’s the case, we probably won’t see anything more of this game until E3 at the earliest, but it might just vanish as Ubisoft chooses to focus on the titles they have coming out over the next year.
As for the five games coming out, Ubisoft has established these are the three games we already know in Rainbow Six: Quarantine, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Gods and Monsters, with the other two being from established franchises we’re already aware of. This is most likely referencing Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry.
Based on that information, we assume the schedule will look something like this:
September: Watch Dogs: Legion
November: Assassin’s Creed: Kingdom

December: Rainbow Six: Quarantine
February: Gods and Monsters
March: Far Cry 6
The last three Far Cry titles have all launched sometime in February or March. As for Gods & Monsters, a full year of additional development could only help, considering it has some of the same Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey developers working on it. Also, it would be an IP launching in a softer part of the year.
As for the next Rainbow Six, Rainbow Six: Siege originally launched in December, and it’s a proven franchise that people would enjoy seeing with a PVE mode, even if the game itself is still multiplayer.
Watch Dogs: Legion was supposedly delayed internally, with the team working to figure out how to develop the “play as anyone” system.   With that in mind, it’s entirely possible they’ll want to put this out at the start of September, even though it’ll be competing with other heavy hitters like Cyberpunk 2077 and Marvel’s Avengers.
Assassin’s Creed: Kingdom will likely be timed with the release of the new consoles to maximize the potential profits. Rumors have been plentiful, but for now all we’re aware of is that this title will be about vikings and likely continue the gameplay style of Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Odyssey.

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