Ubisoft’s free-to-play sports game Roller Champions could be the next to be cut in a series of cancellations as the studio looks to cut costs.
Ubisoft is preparing to cancel its free-to-play roller sports game Roller Champions after just three seasons according to recent rumors. Roller Champions has seen a huge decline in interest since its release, which could be a contributing factor to its early cancellation.
Roller Champions was announced at E3 with an early demo in 2019, though the game didn’t officially release until three years later. Due to a number of delays, Ubisoft’s roller derby-inspired free-to-play sports game has only recently been made available and has been met with mostly positive reception. The game involves two teams of three players skating in turns while using tackles and passes to throw the ball through the hoop to earn points. Like many live service games, Roller Champions employs a standard cosmetics-only microtransaction system to generate income and features a “roller pass” battle pass split into free and premium reward lanes.
During a recent episode of The Xbox Era podcast, journalist Jeff Grubb of popular gaming website Giant Bomb relayed a message from an unspecified source that “Roller Champions will be canceled after season three.” No further information has emerged about the validity of the source, but Jeff Grub noted that this is “breaking news” and it can be assumed that he would not have addressed the matter had the complaint not been raised. Ubisoft has not commented so far on the possibility of an early cancellation for Roller Champions.
At the time of writing, Roller Champions maintains a paltry Twitch audience of around 200 average viewers across 14 channels, ranking 473rd in terms of viewers. For comparison, the most watched games on Twitch host hundreds of thousands of viewers on average on a regular basis. If Twitch views are any indication, Roller Champions is struggling to maintain the interest of players and spectators. It’s highly possible that Ubisoft determined that the game is more expensive to operate than is financially viable for a free-to-play game, as Ubisoft made a similar call when it canceled the free-to-play battle royale. Hyperscape after a short run.
Roller Champions‘ cancellation wouldn’t be surprising after Ubisoft canceled four other games, including Splinter Cell VR, Ghost Recon Frontline, and two other unnamed works in progress in the name of cost reduction. With all the recent cancellations and the delay in Avatar: Pandora’s Borders by 2023-2024, Ubisoft will need to deliver something truly impressive to regain the faith of the gaming community.
Roller Champions is available for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.