If one thing is clear, is that Ubisoft scored big in 2018 with its Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry games. Actually, Far Cry 5 was the top-selling game in the US and Ubisoft’s best-selling game this generation. Meanwhile, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey also topped the sales charts and had the best launch of any Assassin’s Creed game this generation so far.
Things haven’t been so rosy for the French company in 2019, though. Both of its major releases in the year so far (The Division 2 and Ghost Recon Breakpoint) have tanked, prompting Ubisoft to delay the launch of three other major games. These games are the GTA clone Watch Dogs Legion, action and adventure game Gods and Monsters and online shooter Rainbow Six Quarantine.
Ubisoft recently revealed that the launch of these games has been delayed until the company’s next fiscal year (that is, the period between April 2020 and March 2021), and also that these will launch as cross-generation games as was recently reported on IGN.
So Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters and Rainbow Six Quarantine will be taking advantage of the capabilities of Sony’s upcoming PS5 and also of Microsoft’s next Xbox console (which is codenamed Xbox Scarlett and may launch as the Xbox Two).
Watch Dogs Legion, Gods and Monsters and Rainbow Six Quarantine will also be available on current-gen consoles too like Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was back in 2013. Ubisoft’s pirate-themed game was a cross-generation release, coming out on the then new PS4 and Xbox One and also on PS3 and Xbox 360.
And speaking of Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft also mentioned that two unannounced AAA games will be releasing in the same period as Watch Dogs Legion and the others.
Recent rumours and leaks (plus an Easter egg hidden in The Division 2) point to another Assassin’s Creed game being in development, one which will likely be set during the Viking Age as all available information suggests.
The other AAA title coming our way from Ubisoft is very probably another Far Cry game. After Far Cry 5 caused a sensation last year, it’s likely Ubisoft will be sticking to the same open world formula and deliver another story-based action game in the same vein as last year’s effort. And hopefully the French outfit can come up with another great Far Cry game, one to rival 2012’s superb Far Cry 3, which is still the best game in the series in many people’s eyes.
Both a new Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed will likely be ready for release during 2020’s holiday season (in time for the launch of Sony’s and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles), especially the latter as new Assassin’s Creed games have typically come out in the fall, while new Far Cry entries usually hit the shelves in February or March. Both games will almost certainly be out on current-gen consoles too, making them cross-gen releases.
Either way, it would be a great thing if Ubisoft’s next batch of games lived up to the hype, and made up for this year’s disappointments when they come out in the future.