The fall of 2021 will now be a bit less crowded, as Ubisoft is postponing the release dates of two of its biggest games on the horizon. Rainbow Six Extraction, the cooperative zombie spin-off of Rainbow Six Siege, has been delayed four months and will now be released on January 2022. The delay of Riders Republic is less severe, from the original date of September 2 to October 28.
While Ubi describes Riders Republic’s two-month delay as an opportunity to “fine-tune” the game before it’s released, Ubi could make bigger changes to Extraction with four more months of development.
“Our ambition with Rainbow Six Extraction is to provide a complete AAA experience that changes the way we play and think about cooperative games,” a Ubi blog post published today reads. "We are embracing the opportunity to take additional time to bring this vision to life in the way it deserves in January 2022. We are confident that this will ensure that Rainbow Six Extraction is the immersive, cooperative and exciting experience that we propose to create and the one you aspire to play ".
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Ubi did not specify any reason for the delay, but Extraction's push could have to do with its mixed reception when YouTubers and the press recently started the game. I enjoyed my few hours with Extraction, but its slow pace didn’t have the thrills I look for in a cooperative zombie shooter.
Right now, I’m a lot more excited about Riders Republic. I never got into Steep (because I’m not that interested in snowboarding), but the way Riders brings so many extreme sports under one roof (bikes, snowboarding, skiing, backpacks, parachutes, wing suits!) With huge multiplayer challenges it sounds amazing to concept.
I’m glad I didn’t have to wait too long to compete with another 60 rounds on a dirt hill by bike, but Extraction has joined the growing stack of games that will arrive in 2022.