Ubisoft delays Rainbow Six Extraction to 2022, Riders Republic to later in 2021
Ubisoft has delayed both Rainbow Six Extraction and Riders Republic.
Riders Republic‘s release date has moved from September 2nd to October 28th. Ubisoft stated that the delay “will give us more time to fine tune the experience and give you another chance to jump in before launch and provide feedback.” The Steep spiritual successor was originally supposed to launch in February.
Rainbow Six Extraction‘s delay is a little more severe. Initially scheduled for a September 16th launch, Extraction is now launching sometime in January 2022. Ubisoft said that it’s “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.”
Extraction‘s road to release has been even longer than Riders Republic‘s. Initially titled Rainbow Six Quarantine, the game was supposed to launch before April 2020 but was delayed in late 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the nature of the pandemic, Ubisoft renamed to the game to Rainbow Six Extraction in June. It released a gameplay reveal and release date trailer for the game a couple of weeks later. And now Ubisoft has delayed Extraction again.
One game that Ubisoft hasn’t delayed (at least, for now) is Far Cry 6. That game launches on October 7th. It’s possible that Ubisoft didn’t want the now-delayed games to overshadow what will most likely be its most successful game of the year. Maybe Ubi wants to spread out the financial love to other fiscal quarters. Or maybe play-testers have not been kind to Extraction. Hopefully this delay will be Extraction‘s last.