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Ubisoft delays Riders Republic and Rainbow Six Extraction

Ubisoft bumps the release dates of Rainbow Six Extraction and Riders Republic.

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Ubisoft bumps the release dates of Rainbow Six Extraction and Riders Republic.

It only seems like a month ago that Ubisoft announced that Riders Republic would be released on September 2 and Rainbow Six Extraction would follow on September 16.

Wait, it was only a month ago! How quickly things can change.

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In the latest reminder that making a) video games is hard, and b) making video games during a global pandemic is even harder, Ubisoft has pushed back the release dates of both titles.

In a press release, the publisher says that the decision to bump both games will allow more time for player testing, which is essential in the development of predominantly online experiences.

But don’t worry, fiscal fans, Ubisoft also says that its full-year 2021-22 financial targets are unchanged. Phew.

Riders Republic – which is the most promising Ubisoft game in some time – gets a short bump and will now arrive for PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Stadia on October 28, 2021. Rainbow Six Extraction’s delay is longer. The co-op shooter will now be released in January 2022.

Ubisoft has released messages from both games’ community teams detailing the reasons and benefits of the revised release dates.

The Rainbow Six Extraction team says:

“Our ambition with Rainbow Six Extraction is to deliver a full-fledged AAA experience that changes the way you play and think about cooperative games. With unique features like Missing In Action or The Sprawl, every mission is set to be a tense and challenging experience in which you’ll lead the elite operators of Rainbow Six in a fight against a lethal and evolving alien threat. We are embracing the opportunity to take additional time to bring this vision to life the way it deserves in January 2022. We are confident this will ensure Rainbow Six Extraction is the immersive, cooperative, and thrilling experience we set out to create, and the one you aspire to play.”

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It’s a similar message from the Riders Republic team:

“We can’t wait for you all to hit the Republic in our upcoming beta! This will be the first time you get to go hands-on in this massive multiplayer playground and we are looking forward to hearing what you think. To ensure we can deliver the best game for all players, we’ve made the tough decision to delay our release date from 2nd September to 28th October. This will give us more time to fine-tune the experience and give you another chance to jump in before launch and provide feedback. We’ll have more to share soon stay tuned!”


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