According to GameInformer.com, Ubisoft confirmed during a “financial earnings call” “that the company has three to four more AAA games to release between April 2019 and March 2020.” No specific names were dropped, but GameInformer.com claims these titles are being held to the likes of Asssassin’s Creed Odyssey and Far Cry 5 regarding their budgets.
Although Ubisoft didn’t hint toward any of the titles, there are a few franchises they can pull from when it comes to AAA titles. As GameInformer.com claims, The Division 2 shouldn’t be grouped in with this quote since that game is scheduled to release on March 15th, 2019 and dropping a sequel to the game would be too far-fetched. They bring up a similar stance with a new Far Cry title too.
A new Assassin’s Creed game could work, but GameInformer.com reports that Ubisoft “confirmed that Assassin’s Creed will be skipping 2019 as they focus on providing updates and content for Odyssey in the interim.” However, I have a few possibilities of my own that I’d like to share while piggy-backing the predictions shared by GameInformer.com’s West Coast News Editor, Imran Khan.
Although Mario + Rabbids received a chunky DLC expansion last Summer, I can see Ubisoft pumping out a sequel to Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. I’m unaware about the development time it took to work on the title and understand that it may feel like it’s too-soon to see that series get a sequel.
However, I believe there’s a good chance we’ll see a sequel to that game sooner-than-we-think. Considering how much love the game received post-launch, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Mario + Rabbids’s development team is already working out the kinks to Mario & The Rabbids’ next big adventure.
A new Rayman game that accumulates the game-play from the original trilogy could be another unexpected triple AAA title–considering how beloved the character is to his fan-base. Yet, Rayman seems like an after-thought to Ubisoft despite his appearance in Brawlhalla–a fighting game that works similarly to Super Smash Bros. These guesstimates aside, I want to include Imran Khan’s predictions in this news piece.
According to his article on GameInformer.com, Khan believes a new Watch Dogs title could fit into one of these AAA title slots. His point about the previous entry to the series being released in 2016 is a good argument since it has been three years since the last entry was released. It’s possible development for the next entry began after the previous title’s release and is undergoing the polishing phases–as we speak.
Another title Khan acknowledges is the Splinter Cell series. On GameInformer.com, he reports that “during last year’s E3 leaks, a Splinter Cell title was mentioned but never shown.” Though it’s possible that there was miscommunication about the game’s existence at-the-time, a new game in the Splinter Cell series would fit the “AAA” quota Ubisoft’s declaring in this statement.
Khan also guesstimates that “a new Crew game” or even Beyond Good & Evil 2 have a shot at being released between April 2019 and March 2020. Though Beyond Good & Evil 2’s prescience during Ubisoft’s E3 2018 press event (footage via the Ubisoft North America YouTube account) made the game seem like it’s early in development, there’s a chance that it could be the 2020 title they’re banking on.
Similarly to Khan, there are no other games that I can think of that would fit Ubisoft’s AAA title agenda. A new IP would be interesting, but I’m banking on all four slots being a sequel, new entry, or one of the in-progress titles mentioned above. We’ll be sure to cover any news on the titles Ubisoft decides to reveal–regardless if it comes before, after, or during their planned AAA game release schedule.
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