Pioneer, a space exploration game teased via an Easter egg back in 2016, has been cancelled. The game, which was never officially announced, was quietly cancelled a couple days ago via a tweet.
Failure to launch.
Ubisoft introduced Pioneer to the world via an Easter egg in the 2016 hacking game Watch Dogs 2. In one mission, players have to steal a confidential E3 teaser and sell it to a gaming site. The footage, if viewed, revealed a space exploration game with colors reminiscent of No Man’s Sky.
As it turns out, the footage is (was, rather) for something very real. Shortly after the footage was revealed, Ubisoft confirmed to Kotaku that the footage is for an unannounced project with the codename Pioneer. The game’s official announcement was slated for 2017, but a source told Kotaku that the game’s reveal would be delayed while it was being ‘retooled’.
After that, we’ve heard no new information on Pioneer. That changed January 14 when Assassin’s Creed 3 and Far Cry 4 director Alex Hutchinson (who is now the co-founder and creative director of Savage Planet developer Typhoon Studios) sent out a tweet:
RIP Pioneer. 😭 https://t.co/YP8LK1s6fX
— Alex Hutchinson (@BangBangClick) January 15, 2019
Since Hutchinson no longer works for Ubisoft, his word is by no means official. However, he likely has some connections with the company that might be aware of some inner information.
Ubisoft has yet to make an official announcement on the fate of Pioneer.