Ubisoft is a big company that almost always has a new game in development. However, this must be the first time in several years that Ubisoft is working on multiple games that are pretty much the same, with the only difference being that they're based on different IPs.
Ubisoft announced earlier this year that it was working on Heartland, a free-to-play spin-off of The Division. Meanwhile, XDefiant, a game set in the Tom Clancy game universe, was announced soon after. Finally, there's Ghost Recon Frontline, which, as the name suggests, is the latest game in Ubisoft's Ghost Recon series of games.
However, unlike XDefiant, which already saw a successful beta test earlier this year, it appears that Ubisoft is pushing back its initial plans for Ghost Recon Frontline.
Did the negative feedback force Ubisoft to reconsider Ghost Recon Frontline beta?
The idea behind Ghost Recon Frontline isn't necessarily bad, it's probably just ill-timed. The game itself is planned to support multiple modes, including a massive battle royale with more than 100 players and an extraction mechanic that's similar to Hunt: Showdown. The game also has players completing objectives instead of just killing everybody on the map, which is a good idea.
The only problem? The market is already saturated with free-to-play shooters.
With that said, fans couldn't help but criticize Ubisoft. Perhaps because of the negative reception to Ghost Recon Frontline, Ubisoft decided to push back the game's initial round of beta testing.
We have an important message regarding Ghost Recon Frontline's Closed Test. pic.twitter.com/ne1VgOLMJF
— GRFrontline (@GRFrontline) October 13, 2021
Ubisoft initially planned to hold a closed beta test for Ghost Recon Frontline from October 14 to 21. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. Ubisoft did not explain why it delayed the game's beta test nor did Ubisoft reveal when it's going to take place instead. It doesn't take an expert to conclude that Ubisoft did not anticipate the negative reception to Ghost Recon Frontline. It probably didn't help that Frontline is coming on the backs of the rather lackluster Ghost Recon Breakpoint.
You'd think that Ubisoft would have learned its lesson already after shutting down Elite Squad, but it appears that this is far from the case.
It will be interesting to see if Ubisoft will still push through with Ghost Recon Frontline or its other upcoming shooters. In addition to the titles we've already mentioned, Ubisoft is also working on Rainbow Six Extraction, which was recently delayed to 2022. Ubisoft also has plans to launch a live-service Assassin's Creed game in a few years.