Ubisoft’s got some big games in the works headed to our PCs in the next couple of years, with Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Rainbow Six Quarantine all scheduled to drop in 2020 or 2021. But it looks like one of the studio’s unannounced projects won’t get a release date, despite being three years into development – it’s just been cancelled.
That according to tweets by a graphics programmer based at Ubisoft Montreal, Louis de Carufel (since deleted but captured by IGN). In them he says: “I just learned that the project I’ve been working on for the past three years has been cancelled.” He says that this is “tough news” due to the fact that he’s “been working with all these people for around seven years, during which we have shipped both Watch Dogs and Watch Dogs 2.”
It’s not clear which project de Carufel is referring to or why it was cancelled, however Jason Schreier, news editor at Kotaku, has offered an idea of what it might have been on ResetEra: “Yeah just a cancelled new IP by the Watch Dogs team – I heard it was Destiny-like. Lots of big changes at Ubisoft.” He also stated that it wasn’t Pioneer, a mysterious sci-fi game Ubisoft’s been working on for years.
According to de Carufel’s tweets, the cancellation hasn’t meant job losses: “The good thing about working at @UbisoftMTL is that nobody in the team has lost their job! Every single one of the 200+ people in the team will be reassigned to an existing project in the studio (there’s over 15 of them). We even get to choose which ones we prefer!”
Whatever the project was, it sounds like it was a pretty big one if it had over 200 developers working on it. We reached out to Ubisoft but the studio doesn’t have any comment to make.
If you’re looking forward to some of Ubisoft’s upcoming titles, check out what we know about the Rainbow Six Quarantine release date