In what will likely be the biggest and most surprising news of the week, Ubisoft‘s highly anticipated next-gen open-world game, Watch Dogs, has been delayed until spring 2014.
The statement came directly from the Watch Dogs development team and was posted on the Ubisoft blog earlier today. “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,” read the statement. Part of what makes this announcement so shocking is the fact that Watch Dogs was originally slated for a Nov. 19 release date. The developer’s statement also addressed the decision to delay the game so soon before it’s release. After making the final push to polish and fine-tune to the game in time for release, the team realized that more time was needed to make the game into what they had envisioned.
One of the more troubling results of this delay is that Watch Dogs was going to be a massive launch title for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. During the initial pre-order stages for both consoles, many retailers including Amazon and Gamestop offered Watch Dogs bundles which would ensure players got the consoles on, or very close to, launch day. With Watch Dogs now delayed until April 1, 2014 at the earliest, gamers who pre-ordered those bundles have received no answer on how this affects them in receiving their next gen consoles. So far, Ubisoft has given very little in the way of an answer for those expecting a PS4 or Xbox One bundle at launch.
Ubisoft also delayed the release date of their racing game, The Crew, until the next fiscal year which is from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. However, an official release date for The Crew was never given. These delays will likely remind many of how Ubisoft handled the delay of Rayman Legends. Though it was constantly pushed back, the game did come out pretty well in the end. Hopefully the same will be said of Watch Dogs.
The PlayStation 4 will release on Nov. 15 with the Xbox One arriving Nov. 22.