Surprising news from Ubisoft hit yesterday as they announced that the highly anticipated next gen Assassin’s Creed title, Unity, is leaving it’s October 28 release date for a couple weeks. November 11 is the new target date in the US (Nov 13 in EU) which actually coincides with the other AC title releasing this year as well, Assassin’s Creed Rogue.
So what happened exactly? The team at Ubisoft Montreal wanted to take an extra couple of weeks to really put the polish and detail into the title to really make it standout.
“This being a fully next-gen game, it requires a lot of work, a lot of production, and a lot of learning. It’s always hard to be precise and to quantify exactly how much work is involved. So as we get close to the finish we often realize we’re near the target but we’re not quite there yet,” Ubisoft Senior Producer Vincent Pontbriand says in a post via UbiBlog. “We honestly appreciate [the fans] commitment to the game and their patience. It’s just a couple more weeks. And it’s going to be worth it.”
Honestly, I have no issues with this delay as we all remember what happened when Assassin’s Creed 3 released riddled with bugs and glitches. That’s a situation no one wants to repeat especially with Unity being their first true entry on next gen. Making a good first impression is incredibly important for a franchise that is pretty much the heart of the company at this point.
I find it fascinating how stripped down October has become recently when we were all just complaining about a month or two ago at the huge amount of releases. We’ve seen games like Evolve and Battlefield Hardline jump ship entirely into 2015, others like Dragon Age Inquisition and now Assassin’s Creed Unity step into November, and in rare form, Shadow of Mordor make the leap forward into September. Even with all these departures, there’s still plenty coming in October that’ll keep you busy, so have no fear.