Tom Clancy’s The Division has slipped into a second quarter 2015 release according to Eurogamer, who did a bit of sleuthing around Ubisoft’s financial statements this morning.
The 2015 move was confirmed by the official blog for The Division from the game’s community manager. Without getting into details, the post explained, “We are creating something we are really proud of and we don’t want to compromise on quality. We are going to release the game when it’s ready.” It later went on to say that fans could expect some kind of presentation involving The Division at E3.
The shift came amidst news that Ubisoft would be posting a net loss for this period, despite strong sales with games like South Park: The Stick of Truth.
Has there ever been a game that’s survived a greater than six month release date delay? We typically think of the disasters like Duke Nukem Forever, which transcend console generations and good sense. When Ubisoft announced the delay of Watch Dogs last year, Malik looked at a few recent games that buck that trend, usually allowing the developers more time to polish and refine features that are already in the game.
But what does it mean for am ambitious game like The Division, which is Ubisoft’s first entry into the open-world RPG genre? It’s also the first title that Ubisoft appears to have started from the ground up for the current generation of consoles and the PC – at this point it’s their chance to prove that they’re ready to fully embrace all of that new hardware out there.