Ubisoft, the French publisher behind Assassin’s Creed, Rayman, and a host of harassment complaints that have painted it into a dubious reputational corner, have announced some short delays to upcoming titles Riders Republic and Rainbow Six Extraction.
Riders Republic, the open-world extreme sports game that exists as a spiritual sequel to 2016’s Steep without ever really mentioning it, suffers a short delay just shy of two months. While the game was scheduled to release on September 2, it has now been pushed to October 28.
Rainbow Six Extraction, the multiplayer zombie game that is jumping into an incredibly crowded market of just such things, is now getting even closer to those titles with a new January 22 date. This is after the game’s initial delay from 2020 to 2021 to begin with.
Ubisoft has become a publisher well-accustomed to delays, having pushed back its entire 2020 portfolio in late 2019 after surprisingly sluggish sales of key titles. COVID is probably more to blame for the more recent spat of delays, but it is rough to see after the company was so sure it would make these dates in their its Ubisoft Forward.
On the other hand, it sure is weird to just report on Ubisoft news like it’s normal. As linked above, the company still has seemingly not reckoned with seemingly systemic and institutional harassment and hostile workplace culture, as well as keeping the accused in their key positions. I wonder if, given their clear insistence on trying to ignore this problem until people forget about it, they’re also hoping the games don’t get the same bite on the nose.