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Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine are delayed, but still expected in 2021

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Far Cry 6 (opens in new tab), the upcoming trip to the fictional nation of Yara, has been delayed. Ubisoft announced during today's Q2 earnings report that, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be moved to the 2021-22 year. The upcoming Rainbow Six spinoff, Rainbow Six Quarantine (opens in new tab), has also been delayed to the same period.

Far Cry 6 was originally set to come out on February 18, 2021, while a solid date for Quarantine had not been set after it was pushed to the 2020-21 fiscal year (opens in new tab) in 2019. The new delay means that neither game is now expected to release until sometime after April 1, 2021, although Ubisoft said in a post-report earnings call that they should be out sometime in the first half of the fiscal year—that is, sometime between April 1 and September 30, 2021.

"While we know you are all anxious to get your hands on Far Cry 6," reads a tweet (opens in new tab) from the game's official account, "we want to let you know that we've been given more time to allow us to make this the game you aspire to play while focusing on the well-being of our teams in this unprecedented global context."

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The good news, such as it is, is that the delay is entirely the result of COVID-19 and not because of any specific problems with the development process. "Those two games could have been launched [on schedule] without COVID," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said. "For sure."

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