Ubisoft have announced that the open-world game Watch Dogs has been delayed until Spring 2014, with the title not expecting to launch any sooner than April. Originally, Watch Dogs was due to launch on Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4 and PC on November 22, however the game has missed this release date. Ubisoft have also delayed The Crew until Summer 2014.
In a statement, Ubisoft said, “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.”
“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, 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.”
For those who pre-ordered the Watch Dogs console bundle, Amazon have stated that, “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,”
GameStop have also 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.”
Along with Watch Dogs, Ubisoft’s upcoming racing game, The Crew, has also been pushed back. The Crew was due to release Q1 2014, but Ubisoft stated in an earnings call that the game will launch in the companies second quarter, which runs from July through to September.
“Our long-term goal is to win the next generation. The tough decisions we are taking today to fully realize the major potential of our new creations have an impact on our short-term performance, 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” stated Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot.