It is no secret that fans have been anxiously awaiting Ubisoft’s big upcoming title Watch Dogs which was confirmed to release on November 19 for North America and November 22 for Europe. Ubisoft recently announced that they intend to push back the release date until roughly spring 2014. The big disappointment for many gamers here is that Watch Dogs will now be pushed past Christmas and miss the holiday season entirely.
Ubisoft Montreal felt very strongly about the matter and delivered an official statement saying “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.” When exactly during the spring? Hopefully Ubisoft Montreal will issue another statement when it is a closer to the new release date.
For some, this comes as a great shock considering the game has had a confirmed street-date for some time. Ubisoft Montreal sticks to the mantra of producing quality work. ““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.”
It is clear to Ubisoft Montreal Watch Dogs has excellent potential and they want to do their best to ensure it becomes as great as it can. “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 Montreal’s decision is no doubt a direct connection to the currently unreleased Playstation 4 and Xbox One. According to Ubisoft CFO Alain Martinex Watch Dogs may surpass the sales of the original Assassin’s Creed which sold in total 6.2 million copies. Watch Dogs is assuredly one of the largest title Ubisoft will be distributing at the launch of the new consoles and their need to succeed is definitely at the top of their priority list.
A Sony representative has commented on the need to complete Watch Dogs. “Obviously this is very recent announcement, but we will be working very closely both with Ubisoft and with our partners at retail to manage this situation.” Sony has the opportunity here to really market Watch Dogs to the fullest with the release of the PS4. Watch Dogs is now set to release as part of the PS4 bundle in the UK and possibly in more locations as well.
Written By: Garrett Jutte