While the release date for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora has recently changed, Ubisoft has also canned four upcoming titles.
Yesterday, we received Ubisoft’s financial results report, and with it came plenty of news for fans of the giant gaming titan to digest. In addition to the announcement that Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will be delayed to 2023-2024, development on the Splinter Cell VR title, Ghost Recon Frontline and two unannounced titles have also been halted.
The first two cancelled projects have been in development for some time.
Ubisoft officially announced Splinter Cell VR in 2020, along with an Assassin’s Creed VR title that would have been made for Oculus headsets. Ghost Recon Frontline sparked a colossal fan backlash after its announcement in 2021, as it was revealed to be a free-to-play battle royale title, a complete change from the tactical FPS gameplay the series is used to. The two unannounced titles that have been canned are a complete mystery.
The cancellations result from Ubisoft noticing a change in the financial market, as the earnings report reflects that sentiment. Rainbow Six Siege performed well for the company with the launch of its seventh year of content, and Assassin’s Creed saw a massive surge with the next-gen updates to Assassin’s Creed Origins and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, as well as newer content for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
Fan reception to the announcements was mixed.
The majority were not enthusiastic about Ghost Recon Frontline, in light of how Tom Clancy games have changed over time under Ubisoft’s leadership. However, the possibility of a VR port for Splinter Cell was intriguing as it would probably have done well, as showing Sam Fisher’s iconic night vision goggles in VR space seemed like a great concept.
For now, there is little chance that fans will ever know what the other two cancelled titles were unless someone decides to leak the details. With the company focused on the future with Ubisoft Forward scheduled for September, it’s unlikely that the game titan will share information about what these games might have been in the near future.
Ubisoft has canceled development of Splinter Cell VR and Ghost Recon Frontline (and two other unannounced games)
— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) July 21, 2022