Surprise, surprise - Skull and Bones is getting another delay. In other news, Ubisoft also cancelled three unannounced games.
Years of formulaic releases have come to bite Ubisoft where the sun don't shine it seems as the company is downsizing several projects when it comes to gaming, on top of failed merged and acquisition propositions.
Those who played a Far Cry title, other than the first one, have experienced every single in the series. Meanwhile, those who played any Ubisoft game in the past decade or even longer, have experienced the core of every title from the company.
So when "surprisingly low" sales happened, the only surprising thing about that was that it took so long for gamers to get tired of generic busywork in Watch Dogs or any other Ubi release.
Ubisoft's recent financial update states that the effect of the low sales will be severe downsizing as the company will look for almost $200 million in cost savings over the next two years, with an attached explanation of "targeted restructuring, divesting some non-core assets and usual natural attrition".
Translated to non-corporate-buzzword language, it means cuts in projects, departments and staff until the costs of production have been reduced enough to satisfy the higher-ups. A Ubisoft rep told Axios that the staff from cancelled games will be moved to other projects so it remains to be seen how well the company will follow through.
With that in mind, Ubisoft has also cancelled three unannounced games and delayed Skull and Bones, once again. What is even more interesting is that the three cancellations are piling up on top of the four that happened in July 2022.
According to Jeff Grubb , the company also had a series of attempts at merger and acquisition deals but the other sides never accepted. When you put the two reports together, it really doesn't paint a good picture of Ubisoft's future.