Ubisoft’s big day of delays, cancellations: Avatar open-world game moves to FY24

Ubisoft’s big day of delays, cancellations: Avatar open-world game moves to FY24

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Magnify / Ubisoft insists its first video game is based on the film series Avatar is still on the way – but will now miss the original “2022” launch window.


Fans of gaming mega-publisher Ubisoft may have been holding out hope that an upcoming presentation, slated to stream online in September, might contain some surprises or confirmation of several big games coming in 2022. The company’s latest financial disclosure presentation however, popped the balloon. , in a massive way.

A Thursday reveal to investors was paired with an audio presentation hosted by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, and the first nine minutes were mostly doom and gloom. After confirming previously announced plans to launch a Mario + Rabbids the sequel and the long-delayed one Skull & Bones Pirates, Guillemot confirmed two lengthy game delays and four game cancellations – while remaining mum about at least two games in apparent development limbo.

More like “The Way of the Wait”

Without a doubt, the biggest news concerns one more delay Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, an open-world adventure game based on James Cameron’s Avatar film series. The game is now set to launch in Ubisoft’s “fiscal year 24,” which could mean anytime between April 2023 and March 2024. That’s a significant bump from the original “2022” launch window — which could have put it close to the December 16 launch of the the film series’ first sequel in 13 years, Avatar: The Way of the Water.

We could see a firmer launch date for that game during the aforementioned video presentation in September, or at least anything resembling actual gameplay; so far, the only hint Avatar the game’s existence is an “in-engine” reveal that may not resemble what the game will look like in real time. Still, the game appears to be aimed at current-gen consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, which could mean the game will make significant technological leaps not available on previous-gen console families.

Guillemot took the opportunity to confirm it A: FoP presents a “big, multi-year opportunity for Ubisoft,” suggesting it could come with online game-as-a-service hooks or “expansion pack” add-ons to keep players engaged over time, much like how Ubisoft has done with pretty much every open-world game it has released in the last eight years.

A VR game that will now only be virtual, never real

In addition, Guillemot confirmed that a “smaller, unannounced, premium game” has been bumped from Ubisoft’s FY23 to FY24. Without further clarification as to what this project might be, we’ll have to look to journalists like Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, who has previously hinted that the game in question is a standalone game. Assassin’s Creed expansion pack. This game, referred to as “Project Rift”, reportedly began life as an add-on for the 2020s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla before it is converted to a larger stopping distance. According to the same reports, this was done to get the fans over while another unannounced Assassin’s Creed project, intended to act as an ever-evolving, online-connected hub for Assassin’s Creed environments and timelines, were still under development.

Following the news of two game delays, Guillemot confirmed four game cancellations in total, including two previously announced titles: Ghost Recon Frontline, a battle royale concept that had already entered early playtesting; and Splinter Cell VR, a new, Meta Quest-exclusive entry in the long-running stealth-action series. The latter had been announced during an Oculus event in 2020, when something rang a bell Assassin’s Creed VR was also announced (and not to be confused with the series’ “escape room” VR installations). A Reddit post from earlier this year included a video mock-up of a potential new VR game called Assassin’s Creed Nexusand the author suggested that the resulting game will offer a more linear translation of AC serial formula for VR – although its authenticity is far from confirmed.

The bloodshed continued during the call with news that “two other unannounced titles” were cancelled. Since ACVR previously announced, it will undoubtedly remain on Ubisoft’s development document, although the company had no further details about the game today. Regardless, ACVR was not directly referenced during today’s presentation, and the same applies to two of Ubisoft’s most elusive development games: Beyond Good & Evil 2which was announced to massive fanfare at E3 2017, and Prince of Persia Remakewhich was announced in 2020, only to be delayed several times.

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