Watch Dogs, The Crew Delayed Until 2014
Okay, so it's not the best news. But look on the bright side- there's less on your plate for the crazy holiday season.
Ubisoft has announced that the hotly anticipated Watch Dogs has been delayed until spring 2014. The game was originally set to launch for current- and next-gen platforms next month.
The reason? The publisher says their goal with Watch Dogs is to "deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming," and because they don't feel they can positively deliver that in November, the game has been pushed back. For further explanation:
"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," the developer added. "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."
We can respect that. We want the best the team can produce and if it isn't ready, it isn't ready. We've got plenty of games to play in the meantime, and we'd rather wait and get something special in the spring. As for The Crew, that is now set for the company's upcoming financial year, which means it won't see the light of day at least until April (and maybe beyond that). Again, though, Ubisoft's commitment to quality is what's holding things back, as they have lofty amitions.
CEO Yves Guillemot said that their "long-term goal is to win the next generation" and that these decisions will prove fruitful in the future:
"We are convinced that, longer term, they will prove to be the right decisions both in terms of satisfaction for our fans and in terms of value creation for our shareholders. We are building franchises that will become perennial pillars of Ubisoft's financial performance. In a context of growing successes for mega-blockbusters, the additional time given to the development of our titles will allow them to fulfill their huge ambitions and thus offer players even more exceptional experiences."
Related Game(s): Watch Dogs, The Crew
10/15/2013 3:24:06 PM Ben Dutka