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Ubisoft has reportedly pushed back the release of Assassin’s Creed Rift, the next stealth-oriented installment in the time-hopping action series.
In its most recent quarterly earnings report, the publisher stated that Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and a “smaller unnamed premium game” have been postponed. Both games are now anticipated to be released somewhere in the business’s upcoming fiscal year, which will start in April 2023.
According to a subsequent claim by Bloomberg, the undisclosed premium game is really the following installment of the Assassin’s Creed series. According to reports, Ubisoft has delayed the release of Rift from February of next year to sometime around May or June. Someone with knowledge of the game told Bloomberg that it is “going substantially behind schedule.”
We can anticipate learning more information in September, when Ubisoft promises to showcase “the future of Assassin’s Creed”. As of now, the only information we have about Rift’s return to the Middle East and increased emphasis on stealth is hearsay.
The cancellation of both titles is a serious setback for Ubisoft’s upcoming slate. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the series’ final core installment, was published in 2020. The most recent postponement implies that the wait for the next episode of the series will now be close to three years.
While publishers typically allow for substantial gaps between triple-A sequels, Ubisoft has a history of avoiding this practice. In general, the Assassin’s Creed series released new games every year. This time, Ubisoft is defying expectations, which may indicate that the company has confidence in Assassin’s Creed Infinity, a future live-service platform that will connect all subsequent games in the franchise.
The delays, though, will probably also displease more general Ubisoft fans. The original release date for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora was set for later this year, most likely in December to coincide with Avatar: The Way of the Water. Without it, the lineup of significant Ubisoft games for this year becomes quite sparse.
Currently, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is scheduled to debut on October 20, while Skull & Bones, a new multiplayer brawler set on a maritime world, will debut on November 8. There are only two big-budget games there, one of which is unique to the Nintendo Switch and the other of which has been in development hell for almost ten years. Ubisoft isn’t giving players anything to be pumped about as neither game is scheduled to release this summer.