January 29, 2019 Ubisoft’s Pioneer remains to be in improvement, but it surely’s reportedly trying very completely different lately.
Ubisoft has been engaged on an area game known as Pioneer for years now, and it grew to become a matter of oddly public observe when a short trailer for the title was included in a Watch Dogs 2 easter egg. Earlier this month, plenty of Ubisoft builders hinted that the mission was successfully cancelled – however one other mission underneath the identical codename has taken its place.
The unique pitch for Pioneer was a non-violent game centered on area exploration, in response to a report from Kotaku citing nameless sources at Ubisoft. It’s been within the works since 2013, and was initially underneath the management of Assassin’s Creed III director Alex Hutchinson. Tensions on the group noticed Ubi exchange Hutchinson and different leads and reboot Pioneer in 2016.
Hints that Pioneer was cancelled – together with tweets from Hutchinson and fellow AC3 dev Jonathan Cooper – appear to be referring one other reboot of the game’s improvement. According to Kotaku, it’s now a “coop multiplayer alien shooter that uses some of Pioneer’s old features,” and employees has been instructed to make use of the engine tech powering Rainbow Six to construct it.
Also of observe in that report is that Ubisoft has each authorized and canceled an R6 spin-off the place you’d struggle aliens or zombies. Maybe that’s why we inexplicably acquired that PvE Outbreak mode final 12 months.
The game’s existence first got here to gentle in 2016 with the discharge of Watch Dogs 2. In one facet mission, the participant is tasked with breaking into Ubisoft’s San Francisco workplaces and stealing a game trailer, which is then leaked on-line. The trailer exhibits quite a lot of space-related cutscenes, all subtitled with the phrase “E3_Conf_Video_v03.”
☠️ RIP Pioneer ☠️ https://t.co/tNkl6sqHHY
— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) January 15, 2019
The improvement of the game was confirmed by Kotaku comparatively shortly after Watch Dogs 2’s launch, and was reportedly because of be formally introduced at E3 2017. Development troubles meant that slot was missed, and Pioneer didn’t present up at 2018’s present both.
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We reached out to Ubisoft for affirmation round Pioneer when these tweets first made the rounds, however a consultant advised us that the corporate “does not comment on rumour or speculation.” We’ll replace this story if we be taught extra.