Ubisoft has delayed the releases of Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine to its next business year starting in April 2021, “due to production challenges related to work from home” because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ubisoft Toronto-developed open-world shooter Far Cry 6 had been scheduled to be released on February 18, 2021, while Rainbow Six Quarantine was due for release by March 31, 2021.
Both titles will now be released during Ubisoft’s 2021-22 financial year beginning on April 1, 2021, “to leverage their full potential in the context of production challenges caused by Covid-19”.
The delays were announced as Ubisoft published its second quarter earnings results on Thursday.
UPDATE: In a follow-up conference call, chief financial officer Frédérick Duguet said Ubisoft now plans to release the games by September 30, 2021.
Development of Skull & Bones, which is also scheduled for release during Ubisoft’s 2021-22 financial year, is “progressing very well”, Duguet said.
Ubisoft has also delayed the Avatar game in development at Massive Entertainment, the studio behind The Division franchise, to its fiscal year starting in April 2022. Earlier this year the release of James Cameron’s Avatar 2 movie was delayed to December 16, 2022.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: Ubisoft revealed Far Cry 6 in July. It casts players as Dani Rojas, a resistance fighter who must lead a guerrilla revolution to liberate the fictional island of Yara, a “tropical paradise frozen in time” under dictator Anton Castillo, who is played by Breaking Bad actor Giancarlo Esposito.
Squad-based survival FPS Rainbow Six Quarantine was announced in June 2019. Developed by a new team within Ubisoft Montreal and set several years in the future of the Rainbow Six universe, the co-op title sees players team up to combat a mutated alien parasite.
Rainbow Six Quarantine was originally scheduled to be released by April 2020, but in October 2019 it was delayed to Ubisoft’s current business year alongside Watch Dogs Legion and Immortals Fenyx Rising (then Gods & Monsters).