While Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora recently got a release date change, Ubisoft is canceling four of its upcoming titles.
Game cancellations are a regular occurrence in the industry. As time went on, many titles were never released as companies gravitated toward more productive avenues than taking unnecessary risks. Ubisoft has a history of canceling projects, and today it revealed to fans that four of the studio’s upcoming projects have been shelved.
Today is the day of the company’s financial earnings call, and with it a lot of news for the fan community of the giant Ubisoft. Along with the announcement that Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will be delayed until 2023-2024, four projects including Splinter Cell VR, Ghost Recon Frontline, and two unannounced titles have ceased development.
The first two projects that were canceled have been in the works for quite some time. The game Splinter Cell VR has been officially announced by Ubisoft in 2020 along with the Assassin’s Creed VR game that has been set to launch on the Oculus VR headset. Ghost Recon Frontline saw a wave of fan backlash after it was announced to launch in 2021 and was revealed to be a free-to-play battle royale title, marking a stark change from the previous game. the standard tactical FPS gameplay that the series is known for. The two unannounced titles that have been canceled are a complete mystery.
The project’s cancellation stemmed from Ubisoft seeing a shift in financial markets, and the earnings call reflected that sentiment. Rainbow Six Siege has performed well for the company in its seventh year of content launch, and Assassin’s Creed has seen a massive increase in players thanks to new-gen console updates for Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s. Creed Odyssey, as well as thanks to the content obtained by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Most fans despise Ghost Recon Frontline because of how Tom Clancy’s game has changed over time under Ubisoft’s management. However, the potential of a VR game for Splinter Cell is very attractive as it will most likely work well based on the gameplay mechanics of the original title.
There’s no word on what the other two titles will be, but it’s possible gamers will know soon if someone decides to reveal details about them. With Ubisoft focusing on the future with Ubisoft Forward slated for September, we’ll definitely see what the future holds for Ubisoft’s titles.