informa
/
2 MIN READ
News

Ubisoft confirms arena battler codenamed Project Q has been cancelled

Project Q was announced by Ubisoft last April and was pitched as a team-based PvP experience.

Ubisoft has confirmed that its upcoming "team battle arena" title, codenamed Project Q, has been cancelled.

The company told Eurogamer that Project Q was one of the three unannounced projects that it cancelled following a holiday sales slump, with the company attempting to reduce costs by around €200 million over the next two years.

"We can confirm we will no longer support the development of Project Q in order to focus on priority projects, to which our teams are being reallocated," said the company in a statement handed to Eurogamer.

Project Q was unveiled in April 2022 by Ubisoft, which share some concept art on social media and invited players to register for upcoming tests.

Details are scarce on how Project Q would've shaped up, but Ubisoft said the title would allow players to "truly own the experience" and wouldn't be a battle royale project, but would rather "feature a variety of PvP moves with one single goal in mind: FUN." The French publisher also clarified that Project Q wouldn't utilize NFT features.

Ubisoft has endured a grueling couple of weeks. After announcing the cancellations mentioned above, CEO Yves Guillemot sent an internal message that placed pressure on workers to deliver projects on time and on budget, and was subsequently lambasted by French workers union Solidaires Informatique over that "catastrophic communication." 

"Mr. Guillemot asks a lot from his employees, but without any compensations," said Solidaires Informatique, which also called for staff at Ubisoft Paris to go on strike in response.

Ubisoft employees are also reported to have pushed back during an internal Q&A session. As reported by Kotaku, staff spoke out against Guillemot over his comments and asked the long-serving CEO why he had mishandled the company to the point that Ubisoft employees around the world have been pressurized into remedying the situation.

Game Developer has reached out to Ubisoft for more information on the cancellation of Project Q and other titles that were in development.

Latest Jobs

Treyarch

Playa Vista, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2.03.23
Senior Physics Gameplay Engineer - Treyarch

High Moon Studios

Carlsbad, CA, USA
2.03.23
VFX Artist - High Moon Studios

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD, USA
1.30.23
Instructor/Assistant Professor, Game Art

Treyarch Vancouver

Vancouver, BC, Canada
2.02.23
Producer - Treyarch Vancouver
More Jobs   

CONNECT WITH US

Explore the
Subscribe to
Follow us

Game Developer Job Board

Game Developer Newsletter

@gamedevdotcom

Explore the

Game Developer Job Board

Browse open positions across the game industry or recruit new talent for your studio

Browse
Subscribe to

Game Developer Newsletter

Get daily Game Developer top stories every morning straight into your inbox

Subscribe
Follow us

@gamedevdotcom

Follow us @gamedevdotcom to stay up-to-date with the latest news & insider information about events & more