Ubisoft’s upcoming multiplayer sports title Riders Republic has been delayed until an unspecified date later this year. The game was one of the last games on Ubisoft’s 2021 slate that had yet to be pushed back.
Riders Republic was announced at Ubisoft’s Forward event last year. The extreme sports game was slated for a February 25 release date at the time. Ubisoft provided little news since the game was announced, signaling that a delay could be imminent.
A tweet from the Riders Republic Twitter account confirmed the delay, noting that the game would now come “later this year” with no firm date provided. Ubisoft didn’t cite a reason for the delay, with the tweet just noting that the additional development will be used to “deliver the best fun fueled experience to our players.”
— Riders Republic (@RidersRepublic) January 14, 2021
For those keeping track, Riders Republic’s delay is a significant one for Ubisoft. The studio has been hit particularly hard by delays in the past few months and Riders Republic was the last major Ubisoft title that had yet to be affected. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, Far Cry 6, and Rainbow Six Quarantine were all delayed last year. At this point, the studio won’t hit any of its original release windows for its upcoming releases.
Ubisoft has been transparent about the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on its development processes. The company specifically cited the pandemic as a key reason for some of its delays. With games like Pragmata and Outriders recently getting pushed back, it seems that the long-term effects of the pandemic are starting to become a harsh reality.