Update: Ubisoft shares a statement on the cancellation of Immortals Fenyx Rising sequel to IGN.
“As part of our global strategy, we are redirecting and reallocating some creative teams and resources within the Quebec studio to other unannounced projects,” Ubisoft said in a statement. “The expertise and technologies these teams developed will serve as an accelerator for the development of these key projects focused on our biggest brands. We have nothing further to share at this time.”
According to VGC’s sources, the follow-up game was in early development at Ubisoft Quebec, but the company’s leadership ultimately decided to cancel it earlier this month. The company perceived that there were challenges around establishing the IP.
It was also revealed that future plans for Immortals became murky after Ubisoft chose to focus more on its prominent brands. Last January 2023, Ubisoft canceled three unannounced games and it planned to focus more on its biggest games and live services after the last holiday season gave the company a lesser sales result than it expected.
Ubisoft Future Plans Dashed
Ubisoft planned to grow the game into a franchise. Jeff Grubb reported a year ago that it intended to explore various mythologies other than Greece with possible sequels. One of the planned mythologies they wanted to explore was the Hawaiian Polynesian myths.
The original game lets players control a forgotten hero on a quest to save the Greek gods. DLCs featured Chinese mythology letting players take control of a new hero called Ku.
Ubisoft Focused More on Stronger IPs
Immortals Fenyx Rising only had mediocre review scores, but sales were not that good. Europe especially had lower sales and only Assassin’s Creed Valhalla had better numbers. It seems the company is really focusing more on its strengths now rather than experimenting with new IP after its bad sales last year.
Ubisoft later sent a statement to VGC saying that the company “does not comment on rumors or speculation.”