French publisher Ubisoft reported about yet another postponement of its long-suffering online pirate action Skull and Bones and the cancellation of three unannounced games.
Skull and Bones has been delayed for the sixth time. Until recently, the game was expected to premiere on March 9th and is now scheduled for release early next fiscal year. That is, after April of the current calendar year.
According to Ubisoft, players will be pleasantly surprised with the development of the project, but the team needs more time to achieve an acceptable level of polish and balance.
The cancellation of three games (in addition to four in July) was the result of Ubisoft’s difficulties: long-term investments have not yet paid off and recent releases have not shown enough results.
Especially despite the warm welcome from the players and “excellent reviews”Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Just Dance 2023 sold out worse in late 2022 and early January 2023 than expected by Ubisoft management.
Ubisoft will focus on its biggest brands launching and developing gaming services, writing off 500 million euros in expenses and restructuring – within two years they will reduce costs by 200 million euros.
As a result of the difficulties, Ubisoft lowered its revenue guidance for the fiscal third quarter to €725 million from €830 million, and for the year its financial performance is expected to fall by 10% (versus the projected increase).