One of the major new original titles from Ubisoft, Watch Dogs, was announced to be delayed today. Apparently one of the most anticipated games of the year will not be able to be played until Spring of 2014. This comes as a major shock since Watch Dogs was scheduled to released in mid-November on all current and next gen consoles (including exclusive content for the PS3/4 and an exclusive PS4 bundle in Europe). Here is the official statement:
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 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 each detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.
Wow. This makes me wonder what all is involved with the delay. Are there multiple glitches that render the game unplayable? Maybe too many problems occurred when the co-op activated? Are they planning some big improvements on their multiplayer? Regardless, this news will hurt Ubisoft and the video gaming industry as a whole for 2013. Ubisoft also announced a huge decrease in their sales forecast for the 4th quarter…shocker.
Also during this announcement, Ubisoft spilled the beans on another delay for a much anticipated title: The Crew. I wasn’t excited for this title myself, but several people were. Well, they’ll have to wait until at least the middle of 2014 now. Now, I will try to keep myself optimistic about these delays (let’s be honest, Bioshock Infinite was amazing and it was delayed on several occasions), but the lateness that this was announced scares me more than a little. I guess we’ll have to find out next year if the delays were worth it or not.
We’ll keep you up to date on anything else that we hear on this (honestly) shocking news.