Ubisoft’s fall just dropped a few notches. Heavy hitters like Far Cry 6, Rainbow Six Extractionand Riders Republic seemed ready to carry the company into the holiday season, but now two of those games have been delayed – a whole out of 2021.
Ubisoft announced both delays today on its website. Riders Republic, an extreme sports game, moves from September 2 to October 28. Rainbow Six Extraction, a Left 4 Dead-like spin-off in the popular shooter series, slipped and all the way from September 2021 to January 2022.
The company did not offer many details as to why both games are missing out on their originally expected release dates. To Riders Republic, the development team said that the delay “will give us more time to fine-tune the experience and give you another chance to jump in before launch and provide feedback.”
Rainbow Six ExtractionDev’s team, meanwhile, simply said it “takes advantage of the opportunity to take extra time to bring this vision to life the way it deserves in January 2022.”
Both games were prominent below Ubisoft’s E3 presentation this year with Extraction looks especially exciting thanks to its mix of foreign squirting cooperation and rudeness. Riders Republic does not have aliens (as we know of), but it does have co-op and a whole mess of snowboards, bikes and squirrels fit glider stuff to ride, presumably through some sort of republic. It also takes place in an open world, which can lead to all sorts of crazy mistakes if the right amount of polish is not applied.
Delays are far from the only problem currently plaguing Ubisoft. As Kotaku reported earlier today, the company is currently the target of a lawsuit filed in French court accusing it and CEO Yves Guillemot of “institutional harassment.” Perhaps there is no game that is more symbolic of Ubisoft’s current state than Riders Republic. After all, the company is on an uneven journey.