Ubisoft has reportedly postponed the expected release of the latest installment in the Assassin’s Creed game series. The new game, unofficially referred to as Rift, will be launched in the second quarter instead of February in the coming year.
As per a Bloomberg report, a source familiar with the company’s plans stated that the game is lagging behind schedule, which has caused the delay in release. The report inferred that on July 21, Ubisoft in its quarterly earnings meeting decided to delay its upcoming Avatar game and a “smaller unannounced premium” title. The source reported that the decision involves Rift.
The delay in the launch of ‘Rift’ marks another setback in the list of delays Ubisoft has been facing recently. Ubisoft has also pushed back the expected release of ‘Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora’ till 2023 or 2024. The game was slated to release at the same time as James Cameron’s movie ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ in December.
The earnings call also revealed the company’s decision to cancel Ghost Recon: Frontline, Roller Champions, and Splinter Cell VR. As per reports, the decisions were taken so that the company can focus on the bigger projects. Chief financial officer Frederick Duguet indicated that Ubisoft would aim for “sizeable cost optimization” in the coming year.
The game is rumored to be set in the Middle East and will premier Basim as one of the main characters. Initially proposed as an expansion of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla in 2020, Rift was converted to a separate title in order to compensate for Ubisoft’s sparse release schedule for the financial year.
Ubisoft hasn’t yet announced the game, but it will probably reveal information on the future of Assassin’s Creed in September. It has also been reported that Ubisoft also has big plans for the series as the upcoming live service game Assassin’s Creed Infinity.
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