Ubisoft foretold that delaying Watch Dogs would ding their bottom line, and boy, were they ever right. Their latest full-year financial report makes for grimly predictable reading material, revealing a net loss of £40.2 million due to the lack of major triple-A titles beyond Assassin's Creed and South Park: The Stick Of Truth.
At least they were honest with themselves as opposed to living in denial - and we expect that Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew will probably earn them a few quid (to put it mildly - they'll be back in the black and then some this time next year). Not to mention their increasingly innovative digital output.
The Division won't make it into the coming year's financial report, though, since Massive's still-mysterious yet hugely anticipated next-gen RPG has been knocked back yet again.
"We are creating something we are really proud of and we don't want to compromise on quality. We are going to release the game when it's ready," Massive Entertainment revealed in an official statement, confirming that the Tom Clancy-inspired social action RPG won't make its Q1 2015 launch window.
The production is getting stronger every day and we can't wait to show you what we’ve been up to at this year’s E3."
Ubisoft's financial report and investor call makes no mention of The Division, which almost certainly means that the project won't release until the end of the next financial year at the very earliest - meaning April 2015 in real terms. Again, that's at the very earliest.
Regardless, The Division has managed to drum up a thriving community and an extraordinary level of anticipation, much of which is down to the superb reveal and the promise of a truly 'next-gen' game. "We want to thank you again for the exceptional ongoing support," the dev team continued. "Community is at the heart of what we are doing and we’re very much designing the game with you in mind, so your involvement means a lot to us."
Here are all the announcement details, if you've managed to let The Divsion pass you by thus far. Excited?