In their latest financial report, Ubisoft has stated that their upcoming Avatar game, Skull & Bones and Mario + Rabbids sequel will all release in the coming financial year. More specifically, in the second half of FY22, which would put them all between 1st October 2022 and 31st March 2023.
Given that Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope were both previously slated for release in this calendar year, they should both launch by Christmas. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will hope to tap into the expected buzz for the second James Cameron film, Avatar: The Way of Water, which is scheduled to get its theatrical debut on 16th December. Expect Ubisoft’s Avatar game to target a December release, in other words.
The slightly bigger is Skull & Bones. The piratical multiplayer game could certainly try to launch in the busy run up to Christmas and all that holiday spending, but might be better served trying to find a quieter spot in the first few months of 2023. Of course, it could be delayed yet again and slip to FY23…
Skull & Bones was announced in 2017 and has been subject to numerous delays and missed release dates. Originally a spin off from Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag there have been many reports of the game undergoing massive changes while it was being developed. In 2019 it was reported the game was moving to a live service title, then in 2020 it was announced the studio was to “pivot the game to follow ‘a new vision’.” Earlier this year associate game director Antoine Henry announced he was leaving the project and Ubisoft.
It’s been in a dictionary definition ‘development hell’, in other words, but Ubisoft are clearly optimistic that it can come out the other side and be a success. Back in March, they opened it up for publish testing via an insider programme, which almost immediately led to footage leaking online.
As we get closer to the Summer Game Fest that will fill the void left by E3 2022’s cancellation, we can expect Ubisoft to hold some kind of summer showcase to give us a good look at their upcoming games. Expect these three to get full features and re-reveals in June or July, alongside other games such as the next Ghost Recon, the free-to-play The Division Heartland, and maybe the first steps toward the Assassin’s Creed infinity franchise platform.