Ubisoft sees ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ delay a positive sign for the company

A promotional image for "Red Dead Redemption." (Facebook/reddeadredemption)

Fans who are eagerly awaiting the release of Rockstar Game’s “Red Dead Redemption 2” may be disappointed about its delay. Ubisoft, on the other hand, sees it as a big boost.

Speaking in their latest earnings call this week, Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinez said that the game’s release date delay could be favorable for the company. “Clearly, the fact that there is no Red Dead Redemption [2] is a positive for our fiscal year 2018,” said Martinez. “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,” he added.

Moreover, Gamespot reported that Ubisoft expects its sales for Q2 of the fiscal year to jump to 34 percent. This projected increase will be bolstered by “Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle,” the Hong Kong expansion of “Rainbow Six Siege,” and “For Honor’s” third DLC season.

Martinez noted, however, that the impact of “Red Dead Redemption 2’s” delay on the company’s earnings is yet to be seen. “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,” Martinez explained.

Gamezone reported that Ubisoft is also gearing up for the release of two titles later this year. They are slated to launch “South Park: The Fractured But Whole” on Oct. 17 and “Assassin’s Creed: Origins” on Oct. 27.

Last March, Rockstar Games said that fans can expect “Red Dead Redemption 2” to come out this fall. The developer, however, does not have a stellar record when it comes to meeting its target deadlines. In 2013, the company said that “Grand Theft Auto V” will come out during the second quarter of the year. The game was pushed to a later date and came out in September.

The same things also happened to the first “Red Dead Redemption” game, which was pushed to May of 2010 instead of the initial target of April of the same year.