Watch Dogs delayed until Spring 2014

If you were ready for some next-gen Watch Dogs, you're going to have to be patient.

News by Mike Williams, .

Were you hoping to enjoy a little Watch Dogs on your new next-gen console next month? A number of USgamer staffers had the game as their best launch title on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, but it seems like early next-gen city hacking isn't in the cards for 2013. Ubisoft has announced that the game has been pushed back to Spring 2014.

"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," the publisher said in a statement.

"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."

Ubisoft previously told MCV that preorders for the next-gen versions of Assassin's Creed IV and Watch Dogs were higher than their current-gen counterparts. This could be a huge blow to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch line-ups, and I certainly don't want to see the fallout at retail. There was a PlayStation 4 Watch Dogs bundle available at GameStop and Amazon, so users who went with that bundle will now have to choose another option or wait. Ubisoft gave Kotaku a non-answer when asked about what will happen to consumers who pre-ordered the bundle.

Man, I'm glad I'm not one of the people who pre-ordered this bundle.

"We hope that players who have pre-ordered the game will still look forward to playing it in Spring 2014, and that the extra polish and quality we’ll be able to add to the game will ensure a fantastic gaming experience," Ubisoft told Kotaku.

I'm sad, because I was really looking forward to Watch Dogs, but I'm also not inside Ubisoft. Something must not be up to snuff if the publisher is delaying the game this close to its launch. Ubisoft knows that hitting a console launch and the holiday season is important, so whatever the problem is was deemed more important. Hopefully they can fix it in time.

Can the delay be a positive? "A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad," is a quote attributed to Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Watch Dogs is one of Ubisoft's new games this gen, instead of being a sequel to an existing title. They need to stick the landing on this because they'd like to carry Watch Dogs forward. Watch Dogs II, Watch Dogs: Revelations, and Watch Dogs: Black Flag are probably already on the company's radar, but that doesn't happen if the first game turns customers away.

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  • Avatar for gigantor21 #1 gigantor21 4 years ago
    Wow, Ubisoft, way to be prompt and forthcoming. Really glad you didn't wait until the last second to declare that the game wasn't up to snuff.
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  • Avatar for YaMoBeThere #2 YaMoBeThere 4 years ago
    Honestly, this news doesn't really surprise me given the lack of gameplay videos/info.
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  • Avatar for docexe #3 docexe 4 years ago
    I really wonder what exactly happened there that lead to Ubisoft delaying the game not only just a month before release, but to miss the holiday season entirely. As Mike points here, that’s a very big deal. It’s even more conspicuous considering they also delayed another next gen title.

    Some conspiracy theories have arisen already, some pointing out to GTA V hogging the spotlight (or overshadowing the game in terms of quality), while other state that given the lack of previews and gameplay videos, the game might have still been in a very incomplete state.

    In any case, this might work in the game’s favor, if they manage to polish it enough to turn it into an outstanding one. A shame for the people who preordered the bundles though.
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  • Avatar for Thusian #4 Thusian 4 years ago
    They don't want to compete with Pokemon :P
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  • Avatar for Ohoni #5 Ohoni 4 years ago
    Well, on the downside I won't be seeing any Black Friday mega-sales for this one and will likely end up paying full retail. On the bright side though, it won't be in the mass of fall titles. I always thought it was a bad idea on Ubi's part to release both Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed: Modern Warfare in the same launch window, and now they've corrected that.
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  • Avatar for transmet2033 #6 transmet2033 4 years ago
    I wonder how many people pre-ordered the bundle expecting it to come on launch day. I wonder if they are completely, or partially screwed.
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