Assassin’s Creed Rift Has Reportedly Been Delayed Into Spring 2023
Yesterday, Ubisoft delayed and canceled a bunch of games during a quarterly earnings call, one of which was Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora which will now launch in 2023 at the earliest and 2024 at the latest. Ubisoft also revealed the delay of a "smaller unannounced premium" title, but we didn't know exactly what that title was at the time.
A new report from Bloomberg's Jason Schreier now suggests that the game was in fact Assassin's Creed Rift, the smaller Assassin's Creed experience separate from Infinity that will reportedly be set in Baghdad. Schreier claims that Rift was supposed to launch in February to help supplement a rather bare fiscal year for Ubisoft, but it has now been pushed back to Spring 2023, with a possible launch date around May – June.
Most of what we know about Assassin's Creed Rift has been from insider reports, but Ubisoft has stated that it will officially reveal the future of the series in September later this year. In the same month, Ubisoft also has a brand new Ubisoft Forward showcase that will feature updates on multiple announced titles, so it's likely we'll get more info on Rift or a possible release date during the event.
With this reported delay, it leaves the current fiscal year looking pretty bare for Ubisoft. There are only two major releases for the publisher during that time – Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope and Skull and Bones. The performance of the latter has been thrown into question as well, as Skull and Bones will launch on the same weekend as the highly-anticipated God of War: Ragnarok.
In other Assassin's Creed news, the community is coming together for a 6-week-long farewell as Ubisoft is shutting down online support for three older Assassin's Creed titles. Multiplayer services for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Revelations, and 3 are being shut down, and each game is being played for two weekends before they go away forever.
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