- Ubisoft is to delay four games until next year, possibly including heavyweights Haze, Rayman Raving Rabbids and Assassin's Creed, the French publisher has announced.
In a financial report put out by Ubisoft, the company announced that, "As a result of the positive trends observed during the first half of the year as well as the positive outlook for the third quarter, Ubisoft has decided to postpone the release of certain games".
The titles in question weren't confirmed, but the report went on to state that, "Six franchises are now scheduled for release in 2007-08 (Brothers in Arms, Far Cry, Rayman Raving Rabbids, The Settlers, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and an unannounced franchise), compared with the previously announced seven."
The report then added: "Three new brands are now scheduled for release in 2007-08 (Assassin's Creed, Haze, Tom Clancy's End War), compared with the previously announced six ... the four games concerned will now strengthen Fiscal 2008-09".
Fiscal 2007-2008 ends on 31 March 2008.
It will certainly be interesting to see which of these games gets delayed. While it's no surprise to see the likes of Brothers in Arms, End War and Splinter Cell (given the latter two had been confirmed as being for 2008 anyway), it's slightly worrying that the likes of Assassin's Creed, Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 and Haze have also been mentioned in this context as well.
Certainly, with those three games representing the publisher's big hopes this Christmas, a delay to any of them could be a major blow.
If we hear any more on the matter, we'll let you know.