Ubisoft delays Far Cry 6, now releasing after Q1 2021

Ubisoft has declared that Far Cry 6 will be postponed past its initial release date of February 18, 2021, and into sometime after the first quarter of that year. The sixth main installation in Ubisoft’s open-world franchise of murder vacations, Far Cry 6 is set to take its fans to a fictional country to take down a tyrant’s regime.

The trailer for Far Cry 6 featured the main antagonist, who is portrayed by Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito. The character is a lot more self-restrained compared to others who have been the villain in previous games, but there is an absolute certainty that he will be the main presence when it comes to audio messages in the game.

The last entry in the franchise, Far Cry 5, was released in 2018 and was set in a small town in the middle of the United States. After an array of expansions, a direct sequel was launched in 2019 titled Far Cry New Dawn.

Both games were taken less than fairly by critics, many of whom stated that the series formula that has survived in place almost untouched since Far Cry 3 is starting to show wear and tear. Despite this, the Far Cry games continue to be famous with a core audience just seeming to fire an AK-117 in different locales across the world.

In a tweet posted on the official Twitter account of Far Cry 6, Ubisoft that they need more time to get the game in shape for launch. Ubisoft admits that the global coronavirus pandemic and working from home has affected the usual development process, and the studio wants more time in order to enhance the quality of the game while also creating a safe space for all their employees.

No specific release date was mentioned along with the post, but a recent interview regarding Ubisoft’s earnings places the title forward one quarter, which means that it will not launch until at least after the first quarter of next year.

Despite the delay of a major game, Ubisoft still has a full launch schedule in the last months of the year. Watch Dogs Legion has just been released and will be a day one game for both next-gen consoles. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will also be released alongside the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, followed closely by Immortals Fenyx Rising in early December.

That’s three massive open-world games from Ubisoft, and one must assume that a factor of the reason that the delay was approved was to put some space between these games and another massive sprawling blockbuster.

In a time filled with major games getting postponed, delaying Far Cry 6 for a few months likely is not going to draw out big feedback. Looking at the replies to the tweet announcing the delay, many fans look happy that the development team will be getting more time to make the game more perfect, which runs in absolute comparison to the reaction that came from the multiple delays of Halo Infinite and Cyberpunk 2077.

Far Cry is apparently in a more low key place in the industry these days, attracting to the main fanbase and not appealing to the kinds of players who might have absurd expectations about the unbelievable challenges developers had to go through this year.

Christian Allen Tandoc
Christian Allen Tandoc is a frantic writer, blogger, and ghostwriter. He quit his office job as an Applications Engineer for the love of writing. When he’s not working, he’s either playing with his PS4 or his 1-year old daughter.
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