Watch Dogs Delayed to 2014

 Pages 1 2 NEXT
 

Watch Dogs Delayed to 2014

watch dogs

Ubisoft says it's become clear that Watch Dogs just won't be ready for November.

In a surprising announcement, Ubisoft has revealed that Watch Dogs won't launch until sometime in the spring of 2014.

"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," the publisher said. "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."

The move is particularly surprising in light of the fact that Watch Dogs was intended to be a launch title for both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.

Source: Ubisoft

Permalink

It's odd that it is so close to the release date that they've decided to delay it, but I don't mind. I'll take a delayed game over a shit/broken one any day.

I do wonder how it'll affect all those day-one next-gen consoles that were bundled with Watch Dogs though.

Andy Shandy:
It's odd that it is so close to the release date that they've decided to delay it, but I don't mind. I'll take a delayed game over a shit/broken one any day.

This, however I can guarantee someone is going to bitch about this for whatever odd reason they have.

Of course this is to be the case. How else are they going to biuld a franchise off the back of a game if it launches with more bugs than New Vegas?

It is discouraging that, this close to the launch date, the game is still buggy enough to require a delay.

It is very encouraging, however, that they are going to go ahead and delay it anyways. Release it when its ready, not when some marketing team claims is the right date. It seems they learned from their mistake of Assassin's Creed III.

Yes I am going to bitch and moan here, be warned.

SO the one game I actually wanted to buy a PS4 for is now delayed? Near a month before the big release?

So what am I going to do with my Watchdogs PS4 bundle now? What are my other launch options? CoD: Ghost, drive club, Madden 25?........................I'll be cancelling my PS4 preorder tomorrow. Nothing else really interested me at launch except this.

wooty:
SO the one game I actually wanted to buy a PS4 for is now cancelled? Near a month before the big release?

It's not cancelled, it's delayed...

I'm suprised that the game is being delayed so close to release, surely they would have needed more than that to get the game printed on to DVDs and distributed? But at least they know when it is best to delay a game and release it when it is done rather than rush it out and fix the bugs post-launch.

CriticalMiss:

wooty:
SO the one game I actually wanted to buy a PS4 for is now cancelled? Near a month before the big release?

It's not cancelled, it's delayed...

Thank you for that, wrong wording really. My frustration typed that, not my brain.

Here's a conspiracy theory for you; one or more of the several ports were not up to standard for one reason or another and so to keep something resembling parity the release has been delayed across the board until the problems have been addressed.

You may remove the tinfoil now or put it on if you haven't already. Also, spoons.

I don't plan to get Watchdogs, but damn if my eyes didn't light up at this. Thought for sure it was only one platform being delayed, or maybe it all had to be a mistake.

Kudos to them for trying to fix the game up, but its so close to the original release date its surprising. Blindsided me actually. Sorry for anyone that was looking to play this as soon as they got their next gen console.

While I'm not thrilled that a title that I was really excited for to play when PS4 launched is delayed I truly hope that that Ubisoft will take the opportunity to fine tune the game. But I'm curious, like others, why they would announced it so close to a next-launch after all the talk of it being available at system launch. I'm totally fine if it was announced earlier, lets say a month or two ago, but to delay when the next-gen systems are launching within more less a month from now is again curious.

Well, this actually might be a sour taste in many pre orders mouths. Watch dogs was one of the main reasons to go to the next Generation. Now the PS4 has less of an advantage with the Xbones exclusive launch lineup. It was the game I planned to get at launch too. Guess I'll have to switch over to something else.

With the absurd amount of hype this game has gotten for so little shown, I'm sure Ubisoft is in brown trousers mode about quality. I'm glad they are delaying it if it makes the final game better, but I'm now wondering what happens to my PS4 pre-order Watchdogs bundle ...

I'm not going to bitch because I do want the game to be good, but I will express my frustration that they waited until the last minute to delay it. This is what we call being a cock tease ubisoft.

EDIT: Well hot damn, post #6000

I agree that the delay is only good news, but it just adds another reason for me to wait on getting a new console. Right now the only game I want on next-gen is AssCreed4 (Ubi games on PC are a bad idea and the PS4 version is considered superior by the devs). Even most of both consoles' exclusives have been delayed or slated for a 2014 release, so I keep asking myself what games we'd even have available for next-gen.

Mike Kayatta:
I'm glad they are delaying it if it makes the final game better, but I'm now wondering what happens to my PS4 pre-order Watchdogs bundle ...

Hope you enjoy Knack, because it's just about the only possible replacement right now :\

I dont really think it is surprising that it is this close to release date for the delay.

They probably thought we will work on it till the last possible moment to see if we can finish it. That didnt happen so they delayed it. Just hope this will be a positive thing for the quality.

this makes the launch lineup of both consoles significantly weaker.

oh and i will be accepting bets that the PC version will be released with 1-4 weeks delay.

Wow. Ubisoft is really in the "screw-over the console makers" mode lately, aren't they? First Nintendo with their "No DLC for Wii U" and now Microsoft and Sony with a "No hyped launch title for you guys, hope that doesn't screw with your marketing plans too much."

Not doing themselves a lot of favors for any future dealings with console makers are they?

Guess GTAV really was more then Ubisoft bargained for, I suspect they are delaying it so they can add in a bunch of features that they hope can compete with something like GTA's online component. Releasing Watch Dogs now, especially without an expansive multiplayer component is a recipe for disaster imo, good on them to wise up and delay it. Calling it now, $100 says they will come out in a few months with an announcement for a large multiplayer change that will include the ability for players to make their own content.

Anyone else think this decision might have been made in order to ensure AC4 and Watch Dogs aren't cannibalizing each other?

It always seemed so weird to me that they were scheduled to both release within such a close time frame.

Wouldn't be surprised if someone made a last minute executive decision to push the release even though the game is good to go.

Crap, Watchdogs was the second game alongside Killzone: Shadowfall I ordered with my launch date PS4. I will have to get something else, I wanted something like Watchdogs though because those type of games are great value for money and I wont be willing to go dropping to many 50s on games after buying the console itself. Surprising news considering Sony where advertising launch bundles of the PS4 with Watchdogs.

Mike Kayatta:
With the absurd amount of hype this game has gotten for so little shown, I'm sure Ubisoft is in brown trousers mode about quality.

They have been showing 15 and 30 minute long walkthroughs of pure gameplay that highlights key game mechanics and features...

Thats a lot more than you see with most games nowadays.

I-I-I... But.. I was, going to buy a ps4 solely to get this on launch day.. with the sexy graphics... http://nooooooooooooooo.com/

I pre-ordered this game.
I'm extremely hyped for this game.
I want to play this game as soon as possible.
And yet, I'm rather happy with this move on ubisoft's part. I'd rather wait longer, so that the end product is more polished, than to play it earlier and have my hopes about this game being crushed.

Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!! The one game I was actually excited about, seriously? Ugh.. This day was already bad and now this.. Fine, I'll deal with it, but it better be nice and clean and shiny when it's released. Ugh.. Dammit, now what do I play..

I wasn't ready for it anyway. I still have to build my new system in order to get the most out of this one, so the delay is actually kinda welcome, even though I'm hyped beyond belief for this one. Kinda weird, I'll admit.

Good. We're finally learning how to not release crappy launch-title games.

Yeah, considering the system requirements for the PC, it's probably for the best. I bet a lot of PC gamers will want to update their hardware a bit.

Not just a launch title for the ps4. It's a preorder bundle for the ps4.

Lightknight:
Not just a launch title for the ps4. It's a preorder bundle for the ps4.

That's right, I'd almost forgotten. This will not go well for a lot of customers for the PS4, or even the Xbone. Sony is probably pissed at Ubisoft. I mean I don't blame Ubisoft, but to drop a launch title for a console at nearly the last second is going to go down poorly.

Dammit! I'm really looking forward to this... but if they need to delay it, good for them for saying so; although it's never been so frustrating for me to say that, PROBABLY because they're doing it so close to the mark. Had they said this a month ago, it might have been more palatable.

Ah well, I'm planning on delaying getting new games until I get the PS4, and I'm also delaying getting the PS4 itself, so when I do finally get it, there'll be enough new stuff that Watch Dogs won't be too sorely missed.

I feel as though they did this so that people wouldn't have to choose between Black Flag and Watchdogs. But Ubisoft isn't that scummy, right?

dragongit:

Lightknight:
Not just a launch title for the ps4. It's a preorder bundle for the ps4.

That's right, I'd almost forgotten. This will not go well for a lot of customers for the PS4, or even the Xbone. Sony is probably pissed at Ubisoft. I mean I don't blame Ubisoft, but to drop a launch title for a console at nearly the last second is going to go down poorly.

The watchdogs ps4 Day 1 launch bundle is currently the 94th best seller of 2013 on Amazon (in video games, of course). I have no idea how they're going to rectify this with less than a month to go.

well, this won't go over well with Ubisoft's financials. Wonder how this will affect the launch of the PS4 and XB1 though

Well it is nice to see that they're not rushing the game out with the aim of making a more polished experience.

But, I do expect that Ubisoft also don't want Watch_Dogs_ competing with Assassins Creed IV for holiday season sales. Given the choice I think most people would choose WD over AC IV.

Get_A_Grip_:
Well it is nice to see that they're not rushing the game out with the aim of making a more polished experience.

But, I do expect that Ubisoft also don't want Watch_Dogs_ competing with Assassins Creed IV for holiday season sales. Given the choice I think most people would choose WD over AC IV.

Sadly I think it would likely be the other way round, with Assassins Creed IV cannibalising the sales for Watch Dogs. Which would be very sad indeed, and would suck for Ubisoft.

Overall it hopefully leads to a better final product. It does mean for those who play on consoles that there's one less reason to upgrade though.

 Pages 1 2 NEXT

Reply to Thread

Log in or Register to Comment
Have an account? Login below:
With Facebook:Login With Facebook
or
Username:  
Password:  
  
Not registered? To sign up for an account with The Escapist:
Register With Facebook
Register With Facebook
or
Register for a free account here