Amazon and GameStop have confirmed that customers who preordered the bundle will have their consoles ship on release.
The announcement today that Ubisoft's Watch Dogs would not be released until sometime in the spring of 2014 raised concerns among those who preordered a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One in a bundle with the game. Retailers Amazon and GameStop are now confirming that those preorder customers will still be getting the console. Amazon stated today on its Facebook page:
For those of you who pre-order the Watch Dogs PlayStation 4 bundle-don't worry-you will still be getting your PlayStation 4 (without Watch Dogs) based on your current delivery estimate. We are adjusting the orders now and will update you once we know more.
Whether or not Amazon will be including a different game in place of Watch Dogs, or simply shipping the game to customers upon its 2014 release is not clear. GameStop has also confirmed that preordered bundles will ship as scheduled, and offers customers a choice between another bundle or waiting to receive Watch Dogs later. In a statement to Kotaku, GameStop said:
With the news that Ubisoft has delayed the release of the highly-anticipated title Watch Dogs until next year, GameStop is contacting customers who had reserved PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles featuring the game. Customers can elect to keep their current bundle orders and their consoles will ship as scheduled with the game shipping separately once it is available or customers can choose another bundle to replace their current order. Customers should also note that there may be a difference in the price if selecting another bundle and that all reserved orders will be charged upon shipment.
The confirmation that customers will still be receiving the next generation consoles might still be cold comfort to some. Watch Dogs has been highly anticipated since its announcement at E3 2012 and the delay was unexpected so close to release. Watch Dogs was poised to be a launch title on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Ubisoft has revised its financial targets down in light of the delay of both Watch Dogs and multiplayer racing game The Crew. Both titles will miss the November console launches and the holiday sales season.