With the new year just over the horizon, many are already looking to 2018 for their next big gaming fix. If you were anticipating Ubisoft games like Far Cry 5, however, you're going to need to wait a little longer than expected to finally get your hands on them.
Ubisoft announced today via a press release that a trio of upcoming games would be seeing a delay, including the highly anticipated Far Cry 5. Not to worry, though, because we're not looking at anything too dramatic. All told, the calendar has been pushed back on three games, only two of which we're really aware of at this point.
The first Ubisoft game to get delayed is Far Cry 5, originally planned to launch on Feb. 27 of next year. For those of you who are absolutely dying to go romping about in Montana while fighting a murderous cult, you're going to have to wait an extra 30 days to jump into the action. The game is now set to launch on March 27 of next year. See, not too bad of a delay, right?
The second game to get delayed is The Crew 2, the driving game originally slated for a March 16 arrival. The new launch window is a bit vaguer on this one, now pushed to the "first half of fiscal 2018-19." While the Far Cry 5 delay is only about a month, the delay for The Crew 2 sounds like it's going to be a bit more significant. The first half of fiscal 2018 is basically the back half of the year, so it could be as big a change as nine months. We're guessing it won't take quite that long, but that's what the new window is currently set to.
Finally, there's an unannounced franchise game that Ubisoft was originally planning to launch sometime during fiscal 2018-19. That game is now being pushed to the next fiscal year, meaning it won't come out until the end of 2019 or early 2020. This nice thing about this one is that we have no idea what game Ubisoft is even talking about, so we're not too bummed to hear a game has been delayed when we weren't even anticipating it to begin with.
And, as always, we wouldn't really be bummed to begin with. Delays like these help make sure the games we're eager to play are more polished, complete packages. If Ubisoft needs some extra time to nail down Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2, we say more power to them.
Of course, we can't help but speculate here. It's entirely possible that Ubisoft just wants some extra time to launch quality games. Given the recent microtransaction/loot box controversies, though, we can't help but wonder if some systems are being retooled in order to keep these games from suffering the same fate of bad publicity games like Battlefront II and Destiny 2 have been facing.