The original release date for Far Cry 6 seemed optimistic. I remember the reveal saying that the game would aim to be next-gen focused. That was the goal, but now there’s more to consider. While the game might not be terribly delayed, it will be coming later. The aimed date of February just isn’t possible given the difficulties 2020 brings to developers. If you’re disappointed, then don’t forget it could be worse. You could be delaying your game for the fourth time like Cyberpunk. In the end, it’s all about a good game hitting shelves. Nothing is worse than a bad release and developers know this. Publishers are even more worried about the ROI now than usual too. That’s why the window is now moved to the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Let’s explore why this Far Cry 6 delay might show a trend that we’ll be seeing in 2021.
Far Cry 6 Delay is a Sign of the Times
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In an investor call, Ubisoft pointed to a Far Cry 6 delay feeling natural. The real reason it’s occurring at its core is the COVID-19 pandemic. Execs seemed to think without a pandemic that the game would release on schedule. Alas, we’re living in a Coronavirus era and it’s not ending anytime soon. There are also some benefits to moving the game into a new fiscal year. The highly-anticipated title should be a big release for Ubisoft. Rather than go lost in the rough fiscal year 2020, the game can help bolster 2021’s reports. This is how the industry works, and I think most fans will be fine to wait.
Ubisoft also mentioned that they’re trying to work remotely and still make games. That’s a tough feat to accomplish considering the careful detail needed to develop. I think we’ll likely see many more games delayed unless they already neared their completion. Overall, games can take up to 6 years on average to finish development. If a game is in year 2 or 3, then imagine the difficulty of remote working. In short, there’s no easy way to make games with a workforce spread across different places. Those difficulties will continue to pose problems for developers and publishers.
If games need more time, then players want them to get their due time. There’s no use in rushing a game to have it fail miserably. The gamble of a high-cost game is already stressful for investors. Imagine you’re coming off the pandemic and money is tight. The stakes are even higher than usual.
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Taylor loves to play video games in his spare time. He has two degrees in Political Communication and wrote his thesis on Marxism and the exploitation of college athletes. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his wife and two Toy Australian Shepherds. He’s always got headphones in, and he’s a diehard Cubs fan.