The high anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2 was previously slated for a release later this fall but was then pushed ahead into the next year. The delay, while disappointing for fans, brings good tidings for the competition such as Ubisoft because it now has a clear path for its own releases.
Speaking during the company’s earnings call earlier today (via GameSpot), chief financial officer Alain Martinez stated that the decision to shift Red Dead Redemption 2 will allow Ubisoft games to perform better.
“Clearly the fact that there is no Red Dead Redemption  is a positive for our fiscal year 2018,” he said. “This is something that we had taken into our [financial] assumptions. So the absence of that game is of course giving us a better window for the launch of some of our games.”
Elsewhere in the report, the company expects sales for its second quarter to jump nearly 34 percent. This is largely attributed to the launch of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, the third expansion pack for For Honor, and the long-awaited Hong Kong expansion pack for Rainbow Six Siege.
Ubisoft had previously mentioned confidence in its games for fall. It has now been cleared that it is based on the missing sequel for the critically acclaimed wild west open-world shooter. Nonetheless, the company also knows that it is “too early” to say with certainty what kind of impact the delay of Red Dead Redemption 2 will have on its lineup.
“Overall we think it’s [too] early to have a view and change anything,” he said. “… we have more confidence but we think it’s too early to change our guidance.”
Red Dead Redemption 2 is alone a powerful name to behold, but the storytelling geniuses at Rockstar Games also ensures that the sequel will be a major hitter. It is easy to see why the competition is a bit comfortable in seeing the game being delayed, as it offers more breathing room for other releases.
Ubisoft is currently paving way to the release of Assassin’s Creed: Origins and South Park: The Fractured But Whole in October.