Ubisoft just issued its January update a week ago, in which the company revealed that it is facing challenges in meeting its financial objectives. As a consequence of this, Ubisoft stated that they have decided to cancel three unannounced projects in addition to the four projects that were announced in July 2022.
One of the titles that have been speculated to have been canceled is Project Q, which was first announced by Ubisoft in April of 2022. It was described as a player vs player battle arena game, and based on the information that has been leaked thus far, it looks to have certain combat elements that are similar to those seen in Fortnite, combined with a more developed melee system.
Recently, a Ubisoft Spokesperson confirmed to EuroGamer that the company would no longer support the development of Project Q to focus on priority projects.
“We can confirm we will no longer support the development of Project Q in order to focus on priority projects, to which our teams are being reallocated.”
Ubisoft has already stated that it would be concentrating on strengthening its existing brands, so the decision to abandon Project Q did not come as much of a surprise to some. Meanwhile, those who were looking forward to the release of Project Q are certainly disappointed now that the project has been scrapped. Despite this, the decision seems to make sense for Ubisoft in light of the underwhelming financial results that the company published the previous week.
This has been a challenging year so far for Ubisoft, particularly for the team responsible for the development of Project Q. Knowing that Project Q had already been subjected to several rounds of closed testing during the course of 2022, the cancellation of the game would mean that the team’s effort would be for nothing. Hopefully, Ubisoft will find a means to support its staff and reassign the Project Q team to other games and franchises of the company.