Ubisoft has postponed The Settlers to an undetermined date, only days before its scheduled release. The comments from the private beta in January persuaded Ubisoft Dusseldorf to postpone The Settlers’ March 17 release date, according to the studio.
“As we went through this feedback, it became clear to our team that the quality wasn’t yet in line with the team’s vision,” the studio wrote. “Therefore, we decided to postpone the launch of the game to a later date. The additional time will be used to further improve the game and push quality as our main priority for all our players.”
Details on the city-building strategy game, which was first announced in August 2018 and is slated for a 2019 release, have been kept under wraps for years. This is the third time The Settlers has been pushed back, and the second time it has been given an indefinite release date. This next installment of The Settlers, based on the decades-old brand, is being created using Ubisoft’s Snowdrop Engine, which also powers games like The Division 2 and the upcoming Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom, which was released in 2010, was the most recent game in the core series. Over several months, three DLC packs—Uncharted Land, Conquest: The Empire, and Rise of the Rebellion—were added to the game, with everything eventually being packed into a deluxe version in 2011.
Following that, The Settlers: Kingdoms of Anteria was set to be released in 2014, but Ubisoft and developer Blue Byte canceled the original version due to poor feedback from the closed beta. That game was subsequently modified into an action RPG called Champions of Anteria, which was launched in 2016.
Preorders for The Settlers are currently open, with two options: a $60 basic edition or an $80 deluxe edition. A digital artbook, soundtrack, in-game item skins, a 3-day Shard Booster, a unique title, and more are included in the deluxe edition.