Watch_Dogs Delayed Until “Spring 2014”
Watch_Dogs, Ubisoft’s heavy hitter for this winter has been officially delayed into 2014 as of yesterday. Seemingly completely out of no-where, Ubisoft has announced that for added polish they’ve decided to hold the game until next year, despite the Christmas market being a big boost to sales.
Luckily for us, they’ve done it for the right reasons. Here’s part of their official statement released yesterday:
“Our ambition from the start with Watch Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming,” it said, “it is with this in mind that we’ve made the tough decision to delay the release until Spring 2014.”
“We know a lot of you are probably wondering ‘why now?’ We struggled with whether we would delay the game. But from the beginning, we have adopted the attitude that we will not compromise on quality.
“As we got closer to release, as all the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place in our last push before completion, it became clear to us that we needed to take the extra time to polish and fine tune every detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.”
I actually have quite a large amount of respect for Ubisoft following this decision, the amount of pressure the studio must have been in to deliver the game on time (especially considering one of the PS4 launch bundles includes Watch_Dogs, still hasn’t been confirmed what’s happening there!) yet they still chose quality and experience over total sales (they say that missing the Winter boom won’t harm them too much but we all know it will).
It also solves one of my personal dilemma’s but ultimately opens a new problem for Ubisoft with regards to which version to buy. I’m planning on picking up a next-gen console after Christmas, which meant I was tempted to pick up Watch_Dogs on current gen so I could play it at release. Now I’m happy that I can pick it up on my next-generation console. I get the feeling that there will be a large amount of people in the same position as me meaning that Ubisoft’s decision will arguably reduce the sales of PS3 and Xbox 360 copies, not a massive problem but it might make people hold out on buying it until they can afford a Next-gen.
Are you particularly bummed out at this? Has it changed which version you’re going to purchase too?
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