Ubisoft has canceled Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Frontline, a battle royale game, after its October 2021 announcement.
Ubisoft canceled Ghost Recon Frontline after announcing it less than a year ago. The Ghost Recon franchise’s entry into the Battle Royale market has faced a lot of backlash since its reveal, with the first Ghost Recon Frontline trailer receiving a negative response from fans. Many fans attribute the criticism to the new Ghost Recon game dodging its multiplayer gameplay style for a more competitive battle royale genre.
For more than 20 years, Ghost Recon has been a popular tactical shooter with multiplayer campaigns and missions. When Ghost Recon Frontline was announced as a free-to-play first-person battle royale shooter, longtime fans were puzzled by such a dizzying change. Many people believe that the unfavorable reception is the cause of the delay of the closed beta Ghost Recon Frontlin. As beta test scenes leaked online, many fans felt that Frontline’s gameplay was more like Call of Duty: Warzone than they expected from Ghost Recon, which further damaged the game’s reputation. .
As revealed via Twitter by Stephen Totilo of the Axios Gaming newsletter, Ubisoft has announced the cancellation of Ghost Recon Frontline. News of Frontline’s ill-timed fate reportedly came during Ubisoft’s Q1 fiscal year earnings call, when Ubisoft informed investors that the game’s cancellation was due to “uncertainty.” of the economic environment”. While the ambiguity of this statement rules out specifics, it’s likely Ubisoft didn’t see a future in favor of Ghost Recon Frontline after the initial negative reception. At the same time, it was reported that two other unnamed Ubisoft games have also been canceled. Currently, Ubisoft has not announced the cancellation of Frontline or the future of the Ghost Recon franchise. However, as of April 2022, there are rumors of a new Ghost Recon game in development, which is scheduled to launch in 2023.
The cancellation of Ghost Recon Frontline comes during a time when Ubisoft is struggling. Along with this cancellation, many of Ubisoft’s remaining big-budget titles like Skull & Bones and their open-world game Star Wars are facing a difficult development period. Meanwhile, the last major hit in Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy series – Rainbow Six Siege is starting to show a noticeable decline in popularity and the upcoming Rainbow Six Extraction sequel isn’t even getting a hit. Better reception than Ghost Recon Frontline. Between Ghost Recon’s departure from the established gameplay of the franchise and the complete change in tone to Rainbow Six Extraction’s plot, Tom Clancy fans are wondering if Ubisoft knows what else they want.
Despite the negativity surrounding Ghost Recon Frontline, it’s unfortunate whenever a game is canceled, no matter how far into production. With the industry currently flooded with free-to-play titles and Ubisoft’s current dilemma, it’s likely that Frontline’s cancellation is not to be taken lightly. The best-case scenario for this situation is that those who have contributed to Ghost Recon Frontline will be able to find a spot on the rest of Ubisoft’s titles.
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