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“Ubisoft cancels Splinter Cell VR, Ghost Recon Frontline, and two different video games”
Two of the cancelations have been unannounced video games
It’s a lightweight 12 months for Ubisoft, and the writer’s future lineup simply acquired lighter. As disclosed throughout the firm’s Q1 fiscal 2022-23 earnings report, Ubisoft has determined to cancel 4 upcoming video games, together with Splinter Cell VR and Ghost Recon Frontline. This 12 months’s Avatar sport, in the meantime, was delayed — it’s now aiming for fiscal 12 months 2023.
As reported by Axios’ Stephen Totilo, Ubisoft instructed traders that it canceled the event of Splinter Cell VR, Ghost Recon Frontline, and two unannounced video games.
Splinter Cell VR would possibly seem to be a hazy reminiscence at this level. It was introduced for Oculus headsets alongside an Murderer’s Creed VR sport again in 2020, and we by no means had a lot to go on apart from the lead developer: Ubisoft’s Purple Storm Leisure.
Then again, Ghost Recon Frontline ought to ring a bell. This was going to be a free-to-play “large PvP” first-person shooter — room for another? — however shortly after its reveal final October, Ubisoft “postponed” a deliberate Closed Take a look at. It confirmed up on the scene, followers shared their far-from-thrilled takes, after which it shuffled again into the shadows.
In right now’s earnings Q1 earnings report, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot stated the corporate is “adapting our group to present financial uncertainties by way of price optimization. We’re additionally working onerous to design essentially the most environment friendly working circumstances to make sure each flexibility for our groups in addition to sturdy productiveness and high-quality content material.”
We’ll have extra readability in September
Any guesses about what these unannounced video games would possibly’ve been?
With all of those cancelations, it will appear that regardless of having many studios underneath its management, Ubisoft is making an attempt to keep away from spreading itself too skinny. It’s specializing in the larger bets. We’ll hear extra about what’s subsequent on the Ubisoft Ahead occasion on September 10.
Not less than within the case of Splinter Cell, there’s a (cautiously promising) remake on the best way. If all goes nicely, it’ll be a “stable base for the way forward for Splinter Cell,” in keeping with inventive director Chris Auty. We’re proper to be guarded, however I’m hoping for one of the best.
I can’t image many individuals pouring one out for Frontline — not on this crowded live-service subject. Ghost Recon followers typically appear to need a correct marketing campaign.