It’s been quite a week for game delay announcements. First, we learned that The Last of Us: Part II was being pushed back four months, despite its original release date only just having been announced in September 2019. Now, three Ubisoft titles have fallen from their windows. Rainbow Six Quarantine, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Gods & Monsters all won’t be arriving when people expected in 2020.
All of the Ubisoft game delays happened in one fell swoop. The company released an update of its financial targets and release schedule for the fiscal year 2019 to 2020, and all three of those titles were in that window. As a result, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Gods & Monsters will all now be releasing later than expected. This doesn’t mean they won’t show up in 2020. It just means they could appear later in 2020, since that fiscal year starts on April 1, 2020. (Though, they could still slip to 2021.)
For two of the games, this isn’t a big deal. At E3 2019, Ubisoft offered a bunch of release windows. Rainbow Six Quarantine received a 2020 estimate, as did Gods & Monsters. However, Watch Dogs: Legion did have a release date. It was supposed to arrive on March 6, 2020.
The official Watch Dogs: Legion account did post an update statement after the delay was announced. While it doesn’t get into the “whys” of the delay, it did offer a response to it. Specifically, the note on Twitter said, “We are embracing the opportunity to take additional time to deliver this ambitious vision at the best possible level of quality and bring our near-future London to life in the way it deserves.” We’ll have to wait and see if this extra time means the adventure, which will allow people to recruit anyone and make them a playable member of DedSec, will be stronger and work better at launch.