Unfortunately for gamers, delays for our favorite titles are a fact of life. While large game studios generally stick to deadlines, unforeseen circumstances and the desire for more polish often see big titles pushed back — Sometimes by a little bit, and occasionally by a lot. Fortunately, the delay for Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 seems to be the former rather than the latter. Still, the wait till be a little longer for these well-loved sequels.
Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 Delays
In a brief blog post today, Ubisoft announced the delay of the two titles mentioned above. It doesn’t seem like we’ll be waiting too much longer, but the extra time gives the companies the flexibility they need to make the titles a polished experience.
The decision to push the release dates back, according to Christine Burgess-Quémard, Ubisoft’s worldwide studios executive director, was in a large part due to the massive success of Assassin’s Creed Origins. Burgess-Quémard elaborated on the company’s choice in a press release:
“Taking more time with Assassin’s Creed Origins enabled our talented development team to fully express their creative vision…As expected, this had a very positive impact on the game’s quality and largely participated to its commercial success. Taking a similar approach, we have decided to invest additional development time in three upcoming games.”
The success of Assassin’s Creed Origins is largely deserved, due to the favorable critical reception. The game doesn’t necessarily innovate or depart significantly from the tried-and-tested Assassin’s Creed formula, but it boasts a level of polish and care that make it one of the best titles the franchise has ever produced. Taking the extra time to work out any issues in Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 is a smart business decision, as players are more likely to play a complete game free of bugs and other such frustrations.
Far Cry 5 is set in a locale far removed from the previous releases. Players will battle against a violent, anti-government religious sect in the United States. Less details about The Crew 2 have been released, but we can expect the ability to race cars, boats, and airplanes — switching between them at will during the same game session.
Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 Launch Dates
The updated launch for Far Cry 5 is March 27, 2018 — a month from the previous date of February 27. The Crew 2 will launch in the first half of the company’s next fiscal year, which starts in April of 2018. The exact release date is unknown, but it will be at least a month from the original plan to launch on March 16, 2018.
Pushing back the release by a month shouldn’t anger fans too much, especially after Ubisoft has shown the level of quality possible with a little bit of extra time. If the company was on track for a February release, these last 30 days can be used for finishing touches. If recent history is any indication, the wait will be more than worth it.