Ubisoft Has Canceled Its Most Anticipated Game

Ubisoft has officially canceled the multiplayer shooter Project Q.

By Jason Collins | Updated

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Ubisoft canceled one of its most anticipated games—the multiplayer battler known as Project Q. The news regarding the cancelation was initially leaked, as was the news of the game’s development, but Ubisoft actually confirmed that the title had been canceled. This news follows the reports about Ubisoft removing its games and DLCs from Steam a few months back and canceling several gaming titles that were already in development.

According to Destructoid, Ubisoft confirmed that Project Q was one of three unannounced games Ubisoft canceled a few weeks back in the wake of a financially challenging year for the developer. Project Q’s development team has been reassigned to other, more prominent projects within the studio, effectively canceling any further development of the PVP shooter. Admittedly, the project wasn’t officially announced, but Ubisoft acknowledged working on a title following a series of leaks associated with Project Q.

Ubisoft did announce that it’s canceling three unannounced, in-development titles and revealed that the highly-anticipated Skull & Bones is facing yet another delay. Considering the aforementioned cancelations, which include Ghost Recon Frontline, Splinter Cell VR, and two other unannounced games, the total number of canceled titles within a 12-month period now sits at seven canceled games. Admittedly, it’s not unusual for game developers to cancel titles, but seven of them in less than a year raises some questions.

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Ubisoft’s Skull & Bones, which has faced numerous delays

The cancelation was followed by yet another letter from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot, in which he asked the staff to give their all, and be as efficient and lean as possible, which basically translated into working overtime under massive managerial pressure, despite possible burnouts and without any compensations—a plague upon the gaming industry. Of course, this didn’t sit well with the unionized workers, who staged yet another walkout and called for boycotts in a situation that’s similar to the one that took place approximately two years ago.

To be clear, we’re not discussing the equally, if not more controversial, Activision Blizzard (ABK). We’re discussing Ubisoft, the company that came under fire for sexual misconduct and gender discrimination a few months before the first lawsuit against ABK was filed. Ubisoft’s current struggles stemmed from the really poor commercial performance of 2022’s Mario + Rabbids and Just Dance 2023 and generally worsening macroeconomic conditions.

This is despite the fact that the company has, following the industry’s trend, increased the price of its AAA games.

As for the more prominent projects the remaining members of Project Q were assigned to, we’re likely looking at more staff for Skull & Bones dev teams, as well as more staff for whatever future Tomb Raide… oops, Assassin’s Creed we’re going to get. It would be nice to see the highly-anticipated Beyond Good & Evil 2, whose fans petitioned for Ubisoft to make the game, finally completed. The same applies to stuck-in-development Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, which was supposed to drop in early 2021 but has been pushed beyond the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

Unfortunately for the fans of Ubisoft and PVP shooters, Project Q has been officially canceled, and its development team has been reassigned to other projects.