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South Park: The Fractured But Whole Delayed a Second Time

by Kevin Reyes

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Ubisoft’s upcoming South Park title has been delayed once again as South Park: The Fractured But Whole has been pushed back to release anytime from April 2017 to March 2018. This piece of information was first revealed during Ubisoft’s earnings call and later confirmed on their blog.

“South Park: The Fractured But Whole will now launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in FY18,” Ubisoft writes, with the company’s fiscal year spanning April to March. “The teams at South Park and Ubisoft San Francisco are committed to pushing the envelope during development to deliver the best experience possible, and this additional time will allow them to do so.”

When it was first announced in 2015, it was scheduled to release in December of the following year. But in September of 2016, Ubisoft announced that the game would be delayed to Q1 2017. Now it’s been pushed back a second time.

In addition to the delay, Ubisoft stated that they now expect sales for FY17 to come in at €1,455 – €1,495 million ($1.55-1.59 billion) instead of the previously announced €1,610 – €1,670 million ($1.72-1.78 billion) due to the delay in South Park as well as sales figures from the third quarter of the year.

Their earnings report revealed that during the third quarter of this fiscal year, Ubisoft made €529.9 million ($564 million) which is less than the previous year’s €561.8 million ($598 million) and less than their expected figure of €560 million ($596 million). However, when taking into consideration the past nine months, Ubisoft has made €811.3 million ($864 million) which is an increase from last year’s €769.1 million ($819 million).

Finally, they report that, taking into account the South Park delay, Ubisoft expects to make €644 – €684 million ($686 – $729 million) during the last quarter of the fiscal year. This time period will see the release of For Honor and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands for the PC, Playtation 4, and Xbox One as well as Just Dance 2017 for the Switch. It will also include DLC and expansions for Steep, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six SiegeThe Division, and Watch Dogs 2.

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