During today’s financial results, Ubisoft revealed the titles they currently have in development, but there were several notable absences. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, The Division Heartland, Rocksmith+, XDefiant, and Roller Champions were all missing from Ubisoft’s latest report. The good news is that Beyond Good & Evil 2 is still alive, but it’s not likely to be released next fiscal year.
What does Ubisoft have planned for next year?
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot promised that the company has “the richest pipeline of games in Ubisoft’s history”. Not only do they plan to release more premium games to expand their portfolio, they also plan to “bring our established franchises to a significantly wider audience via free-to-play”. During the next fiscal year, which runs from April 2022 to the end of March 2023, Ubisoft plans to release Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and Skull & Bones, as well as the Nintendo Switch exclusive Mario & Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and “more exciting games”.
For that, Oddballers must be released on March 24, 2022. The report also mentioned how the company had invested in Beyond Good and Evil 2, confirming that the game was still very much on their minds. Others to mention were the Ubisoft Star Wars game, the Splinter Cell remake, and “unannounced new IPs” that “will expand our premium portfolio in a significant way.”
Absolutely nowhere to be seen were Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, Rocksmith+ and The Division: Heartland, an odd move for three games that were also due out soon. In October, Ubisoft announced that they had six premium titles currently slated to release in the next financial year and those three games were on the list. If they were still slated for release in the same year, it’s strange that Ubisoft doesn’t specifically mention them in their report, though they may still be part of the “more exciting games” category.
XDefiant also absent from the report. However, at the end of 2021, player tests were conducted with pre-alpha builds of the game and there is still a long way to go in development. Since this game has never been given a release window, the lack of mention in this report isn’t much of an issue.
Meanwhile, Roller Champions was set to be released before the end of March 2022, but that now seems incredibly unlikely. The game’s fate was already under discussion after Ubisoft stated in October that it is “no longer being included in the guidance”. With months of radio silence after a closed beta and a Twitter account unexpectedly shutting down in June, we’re even wondering if we’ll ever see the game again.
In other news, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Dawn of Ragnarok will be Ubisoft’s biggest expansion yet when it releases in March. Elsewhere, Sony has unveiled a statue of Clawstrider to promote Horizon Forbidden West in Sydney and it comes with a PS5 Treat Code.