Ubisoft Canceled 3 Unannounced Games and Delayed Skull And Bones Amid Strategic Challenges

Update: Ubisoft has confirmed that Beyond Good And Evil 2 is not one of the three canceled games and it is still coming. This part of the news has been verified by PCGamesN. A statement by a Ubisoft spokesperson can be seen below:

Beyond Good and Evil 2’s development is underway and the team is hard at work to deliver on its ambitious promise.


Original Story 

In today’s earnings call, Ubisoft revealed that Skull and Bones have been delayed once again, and three other unannounced games are canceled as the company is facing major challenges due to the changes in industry dynamics and underperforming recent titles from the studio that includes Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Just Dance 2023. 

[We are] facing major challenges as the industry continues to shift towards mega-brands and long-lasting titles that can reach players across the globe, across platforms and business models.”

Ubisoft adds that in the past four years, they have tried to adapt its major franchises to these converging trends.

According to the earnings call, the recent games from Ubisoft did not meet the expected targets leaving the studio in a challenging position. This ultimately led to decisions like canceling some of their in-development games. 

However, the games from this investment phase have yet to be released, while our recent launches have not performed as well as expected.”

Surprisingly, Ubisoft has delayed Skull and Bones for the sixth time, which has left the fans frustrated, and it has become a norm with Skull and Bones at this point. Previously, Skull and Bones was scheduled to release in March 2023. 

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The intro for the Skull and Bones PC features trailer | Ubisoft

Still, some reports suggested that the game was not looking good in the playtesting phase. The playtesters indicated that the game needed more time in the oven to meet the expectations and improve the overall experience. 

Ubisoft has not clarified the reason for the delay yet but has confirmed that Skull and Bones is entering the upcoming beta phase and it will be released in the company’s next fiscal 2023-2024. The studio claims that the game has received a positive response after the latest playtests and players will be surprised positively by its evolution. 

The additional time has already paid off and brought impressive improvements to its quality, which has been confirmed by recent playtests, and players will be positively surprised by its evolution.”

Besides Skull and Bones, Ubisoft also plans to release Assassin’s Creed Mirage and Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora in the fiscal year 2023-2024. Furthermore, the studio has also hinted at other premium titles it plans to release in the same period.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has also stepped up and addressed the company’s current situation:

We are clearly disappointed by our recent performance. We are facing contrasted market dynamics as the industry continues to shift towards mega-brands and everlasting live games, in the context of worsening economic conditions affecting consumer spending.

Despite excellent ratings and players’ reception as well as an ambitious marketing plan, we were surprised by Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope underperformance in the final weeks of 2022 and early January. Just Dance 2023 underperformed as well.

Therefore, with the approval of the Board of Directors, we are taking additional important strategic and operational decisions today. It is key to continue adapting our organization, to further strengthen our execution, and to ensure we both deliver amazing games to players as well as great value creation.”

Yves Guillemot also mentions that:

The industry’s long-term prospects remain promising, and I am convinced Ubisoft is well positioned to benefit from this momentum thanks to the strength of our teams, brands, production capacity, technology, and balance sheet.

Our back catalog remains very healthy with notably robust activity on Rainbow Six Siege, great momentum for our Assassin’s Creed games, and generally solid performance from our live games.

We expect our strategy to build long-lasting live games and transform our biggest brands into truly global phenomena with multiple offerings across platforms and business models, to ultimately generate significant value creation, with strong topline and operating income growth over the coming years.”

Additionally, as mentioned by Gaming Industry Sales and Data Analyst Benji on Twitter, the stock price of Ubisoft is not in the best position, and he expects a lot of trouble ahead for the publisher. To be more precise the stock price of Ubisoft Entertainment SA has seen a 10% drop after the news.

Ubisoft is also gearing up to cut costs in the coming years as these years will be crucial for the company’s success and future.

Benji also adds that it is critical for Ubisoft that their next games, Avatar Frontiers of Pandora and the Ubisoft Star Wars game, be a massive hit to stabilize the situation.

What are your thoughts about this unexpected news from Ubisoft? What should be their protocols and primary goals going forward? Let us know in the comment section below.

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