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Ubisoft MMO racer The Crew delayed into summer 2014

Ubisoft has delayed its open-world racing MMO The Crew to summer 2014. The PC, PS4, and Xbox One title was previously anticipated to release early next year.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the delay of both The Crew and Watch Dogs, which is now slated for spring 2014 instead of November 2013, is meant to help the publisher "win the next generation."

"The tough decisions we are taking today to fully realize the major potential of our new creations have an impact on our short-term performance," Guillemot said in a statement. "We are convinced that, longer term, they will prove to be the right decisions both in terms of satisfaction for our fans and in terms of value creation for our shareholders.

"We are building franchises that will become perennial pillars of Ubisoft’s financial performance. In a context of growing successes for mega-blockbusters, the additional time given to the development of our titles will allow them to fulfill their huge ambitions and thus offer players even more exceptional experiences."

The delays significantly reduced Ubisoft's forecasted sales for the year: it's now targeting between €995 million ($1.34 billion) and €1.05 billion ($1.41 billion) in sales for its 2013-14 fiscal year, down from between €1.42 billion ($1.92 billion) and €1.45 billion ($1.96 billion).

7 comments

  • AT-737 - November 26, 2013 6:25 p.m.

    Ubisoft on the whole have always produced high quality titles. Therefore showing that they do care about consumers. They're all in it to make a profit. I think you're targeting the wrong publisher here!
  • rpawloski2458 - October 16, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    If they pushed out unpolished products to meet the Christmas rush, everyone on here would be pissing and moaning about it, saying they should have pushed it back. They push it back to make sure the games are ready, and everyone is here pissing and moaning about it. Ubisoft has released a lot of high quality games (not all, but quite a few) over this console generation; I don't see a reason to go off on them now...
  • usmovers_02 - October 16, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    I hate to admit it but Ubisoft DOES make generally really good games. But they are a cold company that only make games for profit. I know all companies #1 goal is to make money but some developers actually do care about the games they make. Ubisoft is not one of them.
  • rpawloski2458 - October 17, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    What is it about them that makes you think they don't care about the games they make? Generally speaking, most people would look at the relatively high-quality titles they release and consider that proof they do indeed care. Furthermore, they have taken chances on riskier titles (think Rayman Legends, a greenlighted sequel to a game that was sort of a flop... most companies the size of Ubi wouldn't have done that), and they delayed two high-profile titles from Christmas releases to next year to make sure they were right. And they watched their stock drop precipitously as they made that announcement.
  • StrayGator - October 15, 2013 11:23 a.m.

    In other words: AC4BF is ~70% baked and the entirety of Ubisoft are crunching in order to deliver a playable product, putting every other project on hold.
  • mike-conlin - October 15, 2013 2:28 p.m.

    I have to say that statement was the most stomach wrenching executive horseshit babble ive ever heard put into one paragraph. notice how even after he convinces you he is a suit wearing douchebag, he continues to generate more value add by try to convince you that the delay is going to benefit you long term. save it man.
  • usmovers_02 - October 16, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    Delayed games result in more polished products. Anybody who holds any developer to it's original target window is simply naive. I understand the disappointment when a delay is announced but a delay will never result in a lower quality product. For the record I absolutely loath Ubisoft.

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