Watch Dogs Release Date Set For May 27

Watch Dogs Release Date Set For May 27

Watch Dogs' release date delay is finally drawing to a close, according to Ubisoft's Gary Steinman.

Watch Dogs looked like an incredibly promising next-gen launch title from all the early gameplay footage we saw last year. Unfortunately, that whole launch title thing didn't work out so well once Ubisoft pushed back the launch date to give its game some extra polish. Whether the delay was necessary or not, Ubisoft has finally revealed there's just another two months to wait: Watch Dogs' official release date is now May 27, 2014.

Along with the release date is a new story trailer explaining Aiden Pearce's motivation for hacking Chicago like a technological wizard. Now the only question left is what system players should turn to: Between current generation consoles, next-gen heavyweights, demanding PC specs, and the ability to play off-screen using the Wii U gamepad, there will be no shortage of options once Watch Dogs finally hits store shelves.

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I might be misunderstanding something, but wasn't the Wii U version bumped back compared to the other platforms?

I will be waiting for the Wii U version for this, but I do get annoyed with Ubisoft. They pushed back the release of Rayman because they wanted to release it on all platforms at the same time and save marketing money then they push back the Wii U version of Watch Dogs.

I play games on both PC, Wii U and PS3 and Ubisoft manage to piss me off on 2 out of 3 of my current platforms.

Freaking finally. I've been wanting this since it's been announced. Better not be screwed up when it's released.

I'll believe it when I see it. I just hope this was pushed back enough to deliver an appropriately high quality version of the product.

Unfortunately for them, all these shenanigans mean I won't be buying the game until it has been out for a few weeks to take note of any bugs and such. But this will likely be one of the few titles I buy new if everything checks out.

On the down side: Revenge for Dead Wife Cliche is Cliche.

On the up side: Still looks like an awesome freaking game.

8/10 will buy.

Yopaz:
I might be misunderstanding something, but wasn't the Wii U version bumped back compared to the other platforms?

I could have sworn I read this somewhere too...I really hope they don't push the Wii U version back again and, again then just stop talking about it. I'm half-tempted to pre-order this...it would break my rule about pre-ordering but this is something that I really want to release for the Wii U...even though the PS3/PS4 versions apparently have an extra mission or two...either way, it's good to finally have a release date.

Krantos:
On the down side: Revenge for Dead Wife Cliche is Cliche.

His wife was six years old? :-P

I'll be honest, though, I was on the look-out for that. The trailer gives hints about human trafficking counterpointed against Dudbro McFisttoface, and no sense of contrition from the protagonist that it was his actions that put his family in danger (regardless of the motives of the antagonists). They're dealing with some sensitive subjects, and this trailer doesn't suggest that they've paid them much heed.

Looks like it's up to the angry caucasian guy to save the wimmen folk by bustin' heads again.

Shoggoth2588:

Yopaz:
I might be misunderstanding something, but wasn't the Wii U version bumped back compared to the other platforms?

I could have sworn I read this somewhere too...I really hope they don't push the Wii U version back again and, again then just stop talking about it. I'm half-tempted to pre-order this...it would break my rule about pre-ordering but this is something that I really want to release for the Wii U...even though the PS3/PS4 versions apparently have an extra mission or two...either way, it's good to finally have a release date.

I guess that might be an advantage if they do push the Wii U version back though. We get to read reviews and public opinion before pre-ordering. Yeah, it still sucks and the only reason I want the Wii U version is that the Wii U has been doing poorly. Given the choice between the PS3 and PC version I would go with the PC version.

Glad to see I'll be off for summer to play it, just like The Last of Us last summer.

Meh. I was so excited when the game was announced but that excitement has pretty much died down now. I feel skeptical about the quality of the game (I'm afraid that they might have been too ambitious with their plans) and...ughh. That trailer didn't help much (dead daughter, edgy cleavage girl and topless women/female trafficking... better not go there eh?).

Dunno. I guess I'll keep my eye on the reviews and hope for the best.

Well, it's about time. Wait... is there another Ubisoft game coming out in May? * checks release dates* Phew, good. There are no Assassins Creeds coming out. Was afraid the game was going to be delayed for another 5 months.

I have a feeling this is gonna be the Assassins creed of this gen. A flawed but filled with potential game that is fixed in subsequent installments.

Really hope the gameplay is like in the trailers. I really want to run around messing around with everything and hopefully they wont limit you to a few things.

I was interested in this game when I saw about five seconds of footage from one of Jim's videos. After watching more videos, I really want to play this game. An open-world hacker, with shooting elements just sounds awesome. Hopefully, I'll have a PS4 by then and even more hopefully, the game doesn't suck.

I'm really glad they delayed it. Ubisoft execs probably realized that they will make more money on a game that is good even if it comes out later.

derektheviking:

Krantos:
On the down side: Revenge for Dead Wife Cliche is Cliche.

His wife was six years old? :-P

I'll be honest, though, I was on the look-out for that. The trailer gives hints about human trafficking counterpointed against Dudbro McFisttoface, and no sense of contrition from the protagonist that it was his actions that put his family in danger (regardless of the motives of the antagonists). They're dealing with some sensitive subjects, and this trailer doesn't suggest that they've paid them much heed.

Looks like it's up to the angry caucasian guy to save the wimmen folk by bustin' heads again.

I'm much more tired of the whole "evil businessmen/corporations" thing. It's really just the laziest of writing and is featured in just about every game, book, movie, TV show, comic, etc. under the sun. I love a good revenge tale (hell, it'd be awesome to play as a grieving widow out to kill a crapton of bad guys for the murder of her husband), so that's fine with me. But seeing as I live in the city of Chicago (yes, pity me), it would be far more believable if Pierce was going after the city government itself, because it's way more corrupt, power-hungry, and authoritarian than any big corporation.

derektheviking:

Krantos:
On the down side: Revenge for Dead Wife Cliche is Cliche.

His wife was six years old? :-P

Correction: My poor observation skills are poor.

Though Revenge for Dead Child Cliche is slightly less cliched. Is Improvement, albeit minor one. (Geddit? Minor? I'll just go now..)

But then again, are any of us really buying this game for story?

Still, Release can't come soon enough.

...

....There's a sex joke in there somewhere.

And Ubisoft just forfeited any right to complain about the sales of the WiiU version.
Considering that they said that the WiiU version is still possible in 2014, it's safe to say it will release end of 2014 at best but more likely sometimes in 2015.
So releasing it 7 or more months later, they will be lucky if it sells more than 20 copies considering that everyone who wants it will have it on some of the other 5 platforms.

I'm getting a feeling that they actually want the WiiU version to sell like crap only to be able to complain.

BiH-Kira:
And Ubisoft just forfeited any right to complain about the sales of the WiiU version.
Considering that they said that the WiiU version is still possible in 2014, it's safe to say it will release end of 2014 at best but more likely sometimes in 2015.
So releasing it 7 or more months later, they will be lucky if it sells more than 20 copies considering that everyone who wants it will have it on some of the other 5 platforms.

I'm getting a feeling that they actually want the WiiU version to sell like crap only to be able to complain.

hah, who cares about the sales of the WiiU version? The PS4 has already outsold it (5.84 million to 5.78 million according to VGCharts) and the WiiU only has one non-Nintendo IP that has sold even more than 500k units and that's the ZombieU which was a launch title and has only sold 640k units.

The PS4 has four non-Sony titles already over 1 million with another 3 already over 500k and this has only been a few months.

Even the XBO has already smashed 3rd party sales and it hasn't outsold the WiiU yet. These aren't even five full months in yet.

They could literally not finish the game and it may even save money for doing so depending on how much it would cost. This is why 3rd party is jumping ship.

LysanderNemoinis:

derektheviking:

Krantos:
On the down side: Revenge for Dead Wife Cliche is Cliche.

His wife was six years old? :-P

I'll be honest, though, I was on the look-out for that. The trailer gives hints about human trafficking counterpointed against Dudbro McFisttoface, and no sense of contrition from the protagonist that it was his actions that put his family in danger (regardless of the motives of the antagonists). They're dealing with some sensitive subjects, and this trailer doesn't suggest that they've paid them much heed.

Looks like it's up to the angry caucasian guy to save the wimmen folk by bustin' heads again.

I'm much more tired of the whole "evil businessmen/corporations" thing. It's really just the laziest of writing and is featured in just about every game, book, movie, TV show, comic, etc. under the sun. I love a good revenge tale (hell, it'd be awesome to play as a grieving widow out to kill a crapton of bad guys for the murder of her husband), so that's fine with me. But seeing as I live in the city of Chicago (yes, pity me), it would be far more believable if Pierce was going after the city government itself, because it's way more corrupt, power-hungry, and authoritarian than any big corporation.

Eh, it's just a topical theme to have, what with the whole mess with the 2008 recession and Wall Street and all that. A country's media usually reflects recent ideas or happenings in that country's history. A lot of Americans blame the poor economy on big business and dirty practices, so they've become a sort of bogeyman in American media. Kinda like how there was a bunch of patriotic bullshit after 9/11. It's just our entertainment reacting to the times. Eventually the theme will die off, either because people will get tired, or because some other crisis will swoop in and scare the pants off of everyone.

At any rate, I'm happy to finally have an actual release date. Perhaps there is a saturation of revenge tales in games right now, but hey, I'm not complaining.

Lightknight:

BiH-Kira:
And Ubisoft just forfeited any right to complain about the sales of the WiiU version.
Considering that they said that the WiiU version is still possible in 2014, it's safe to say it will release end of 2014 at best but more likely sometimes in 2015.
So releasing it 7 or more months later, they will be lucky if it sells more than 20 copies considering that everyone who wants it will have it on some of the other 5 platforms.

I'm getting a feeling that they actually want the WiiU version to sell like crap only to be able to complain.

hah, who cares about the sales of the WiiU version? The PS4 has already outsold it (5.84 million to 5.78 million according to VGCharts) and the WiiU only has one non-Nintendo IP that has sold even more than 500k units and that's the ZombieU which was a launch title and has only sold 640k units.

The PS4 has four non-Sony titles already over 1 million with another 3 already over 500k and this has only been a few months.

Even the XBO has already smashed 3rd party sales and it hasn't outsold the WiiU yet. These aren't even five full months in yet.

They could literally not finish the game and it may even save money for doing so depending on how much it would cost. This is why 3rd party is jumping ship.

Indeed.
Lets completely ignore the fact that literally every single game had a reather big downside compared to the same game on any other platform.
Like the game being a really shitty 1 year late port of a last game in a trilogy with missing features and selling at full, $60, price, while the whole trilogy is being released 2 weeks before at a $40 price with all DLC and no missing features.

The games sold on the WiiU like shit because the games are shit. While would I buy Deus Ex: HR for the WiiU for $50 when I can get the game and the DLC with all the improvements for less than $10 on steam, GMG or Amazon for PC?
Why would I buy Batman when it's missing online and the announced DLC are being canned despite being sold as a season pass?
ZombiU sold badly because it was reviewed by idiots who don't understand the difference between survival horror and CoD's zombie mod so they gave the game low scores.

What 3rd part game on the WiiU is good? The only good 3rd party game is MH3U. (Wonderful 101 excluded because it's basically a Nintendo game, paid by Nintendo, controlled by Nintendo)

So yeah, shame on the WiiU and the user for not eating shit. How dare they not buy the awful ports shat out by 3rd rate no name developer while the game for the other platforms is made by 1st rate developer.

Now that I think about it, only Aliens: Colonial Marines is better on the WiiU than on other consoles.

Setting aside the tired "loved one murdered; stubbly white guy out for revenge" plot for a second, does anyone else think this footage just looks really bad, graphically speaking? Like, this looks like GTA IV, which looked good in 2008. This is supposed to be the first real next-gen heavy hitter, so why does it look completely unimpressive? I remember it looking better than this, and this is stuff from the PS4 version, so did Ubisoft pull a Colonial Marines, or what?

This is the second trailer I've seen for a next-gen game that would've looked par for the course two years ago. Not a great sign.

Wait, why are only PS3/PS4 boxes shown at the end? Is it that there's just some extra stuff in for them or are they releasing the other versions later?

edit: Never mind, looked at their UbiBlog, May 27th is the release date for all platforms but WiiU (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC)

Mcoffey:
Setting aside the tired "loved one murdered; stubbly white guy out for revenge" plot for a second, does anyone else think this footage just looks really bad, graphically speaking? Like, this looks like GTA IV, which looked good in 2008. This is supposed to be the first real next-gen heavy hitter, so why does it look completely unimpressive? I remember it looking better than this, and this is stuff from the PS4 version, so did Ubisoft pull a Colonial Marines, or what?

This is the second trailer I've seen for a next-gen game that would've looked par for the course two years ago. Not a great sign.

Yeah, I did notice the lower graphics as well. They kinda went up and down, the first few seconds of footage are awful, then it looks decent later on, but nothing to the level of the reveal trailers that had some amazing graphics. Maybe we're seeing a lower resolution/details PC version or something, but I can't imagine why they would do that...

I don't think it's gonna get to the level of Alien though. Not even close. At worst, I expect the reveal trailer graphics will be available on PCs with mad specs only.

Been looking forward to this one for quite a while, good thing that we finally have a release date set in stone.

Now the bad part is having to wait for it. A lot of games to play 'till that day hits so I guess it won't be all that bad.

Mcoffey:
does anyone else think this footage just looks really bad, graphically speaking?

Vrach:
Yeah, I did notice the lower graphics as well.

Yeah, I noticed them too yesterday and my boyfriend just sent me this neogaf link
http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=780290


According to the thread, the nice looking shots are from E3 and the comparison shots are from the ps4 version.

I'm officially pissed. Congrats, Ubisoft.. you've once again demonstrated why no console maker can trust you for shit.

This game was the system seller for my Wii U.. it's a large part of why I bought the thing, because it strikes as a concept that could be made just awesome with the gamepad.
So I was annoyed when you decided, after letting Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony market this thing for you as a "launch title", that it would be delayed til well after launch. That was a pretty skeezy move and I hope it bites you in the ass for if you *ever* want any of those companies to help you market your stuff again.

But now to hear that you're delaying the Wii U version even further? It's not like you had the system for an extra year or anything to maybe figure out your asses from a hole in the ground.. oh wait, you did. I guess competence just isn't one of your strong suits, right up there with honouring your word.

I generally hate buying used. I want the developer to get some of the revenue from the game. I'll probably make an exception for this one, if I'm able.

Though if by the time the Wii U version comes out the game isn't shown to be total shite, I may pick it up retail then.. if only to show that even for a game released weeks later there's an audience there, so imagine what could happen if you released something current?

 

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