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Ubisoft outperforms expectations, but delays Skull & Bones again

Financial report for the first half of FY 2024 is out
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It’s the season of earnings reports for the first half of FY 2024 and Ubisoft’s numbers look pretty positive. The company stated that it vastly outperformed its own expectations for Q2 with €205 million more in net bookings than the forecast said.

Ubisoft revealed that this good news came about through a mixture of strong releases as well as good earnings from the company’s back-catalog and live-service games. Both Assassin’s Creed Mirage and The Crew Motorfest have had excellent launches, according to Ubisoft, and tactical shooter Rainbow Six: Siege is continuing to grow even eight years after it was first released.

Skull and Bones has a story after all – sort of: An oil painting-style image shows a white man in a large red collared coat standing next to a black man in a beige coat. Behind them is a crowd of indistinguishable people and a large galleon

Bad news, captain: Another delay is on the horizon.

However, it’s not all positive: Ubisoft also changed the release window of Skull & Bones once again, pushing the pirate game’s launch back for a remarkable sixth time. The PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S title had a closed beta test in August 2023, but it looks like that showcase was not confidence-inducing enough for the developer and publisher to make the game available. Skull & Bones now has a FY 2024 Q3/Q4 release window, meaning it should be out by the end of March 2024 – not going to put a bet on that one, though.

Ubisoft lists Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR, Just Dance 2024, Prince of Peria: The Lost Crown, Rainbow Six Mobile, The Division: Resurgence, and XDefiant as other games that should generate revenue in that period. XDefiant was supposed to be out in October 2023, but was indefinitely delayed after disappointing public tests. It looks like Ubisoft expects to ship the game in the next six months.

The company also communicated that it had delayed another big title currently in development, but it’s unclear which one it’s talking about – it could be a game from the Assassin’s Creed or Far Cry series or Star Wars Outlaws, though the latter didn’t have a release date outside of a vague 2024 window anyways.