UPDATE: Not too long after this post was originally published, Ubisoft confirmed South Park’s release date. The game will launch on Oct. 17 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can read on for more information through our post here.
ORIGINAL: The upcoming slate of games for this fall is beginning to take form, with titles like Destiny 2, Call of Duty: WWII, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and many others coming. While the list of new games for the fall is exciting, it still has felt a little empty. Many publishers are still waiting for E3 to roll around to make their biggest announcements.
E3 is a great platform for announcing new games, so it is fair to expect plenty more to come next month. However, Ubisoft did not want to wait until E3 2017 to confirm what is coming from them. They have formally confirmed Far Cry 5, The Crew 2, a new Assassin’s Creed and South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be out by the end of March 2018.
This is incredibly exciting news to hear as the upcoming fall lineup of games has gotten a bit more attractive. It is fair to expect South Park to make its debut sometime early this fall. Given its several delays, I anticipate The Fractured But Whole to have a September or August launch.
Launching the game then gives space for the new Assassin’s Creed game, which is expected soon. Ubisoft says they won’t rush the game and it’ll launch when it’s ready. However, I believe, given the game’s lengthy development, it’ll launch in October or November of this year.
Other games that may be coming are the rumored Rabbids-Mario exclusive for Nintendo Switch. If that is indeed a thing, then it is fair to expect it out sometime this fall as well. It is the other two games that are unknowns for when they will ultimately launch.
Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 launched toward the end of their respective years. Far Cry 3 debuted during the end of November 2012, while the fourth game released during the middle part of November 2014. While it would not be a surprise to see Far Cry 5 during November or even December of this year, I think it will come later.
Ubisoft has seen great success with games launching during the first half of the calendar year. Games like Ghost Recon Wildlands, For Honor and Tom Clancy’s The Division all launched before the end of March in their respective years. These games are clearly thriving and it is obvious to see that. Rushing launches just for holiday’s sake is not good business.
With that being the case, I expect to see The Crew 2 and Far Cry 5 launch during early 2018. There’s no reason for Ubisoft to launch these games close to Assassin’s and South Park. Spacing out releases is something many companies are considering. This is an approach I think Ubisoft will be implementing more deliberately moving forward. Expect The Crew 2 and Far Cry 5 during February and March of next year.
Looking beyond this current fiscal year, which ends March 2018, there’s lots more to come. During the following fiscal year, which is made up of April 2018-March 2019, big things are coming. Three new releases from existing franchises will make their debut, while a new AAA IP will also arrive. Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot spoke about the company’s news.
“Over the last three fiscal years, Ubisoft has – with remarkable success – created numerous new brands and rebooted Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon. These successes have strengthened our visibility for the coming two fiscal years, with a line-up of releases principally comprised of established franchises.
“In 2017-18 we will see the exciting returns of Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, The Crew and South Park. In 2018-19 we intend to pursue our digital transformation and consolidate our new business model, which is much more recurring and more profitable and is now significantly less exposed to new releases. This revision of our assumptions gives greater visibility for meeting our targets,” Guillemot said.
There’s plenty for gamers to be excited about over the coming months. Many publishers will be delivering new, exciting experiences and Ubisoft is right at the top. Ubisoft will host its 2017 E3 press conference on June 12 at 1 p.m. PT. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Ubisoft.