Last month publisher Ubisoft 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 for release 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. In a follow-up conference call, chief financial officer Frédérick Duguet said the company planned to release the games by September 30, 2021.
Ubisoft 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.
Far Cry 6 was revealed 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.