The lights are on
Update: We've received official word from Ubisoft. Watch Dogs is indeed delayed.
The link to the Ubisoft blog announcement is not working currently, but we've been informed by an Ubisoft representative that it is due to high traffic. The quote below is accurate.
What was shaping up to be one of the fall's most intriguing titles will now be one of the most intriguing titles of 2014.
According to a NeoGAF post, this was published on the official Ubisoft Blog (as of right now, the post appears to have been taken down):
"Following is a statement directly from the Watch_Dogs development teams.
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 every detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the way you respond on the web, at events, press conferences and during other opportunities we have to interact. Your passion is what drives us.
We can't wait to see you in Chicago next Spring. We are confident you'll love this game as much as we love working on it."
We have reached out to Ubisoft for official comment and will continue to report the facts as we learn more.
Source: Ubisoft via NeoGAF
Our Take:While it's disappointing for those excited for Watch Dogs, I always applaud a publisher giving a development team the time it needs to perfect a game. Watch Dogs is an ambitious experience, and rushing out a substandard product wouldn't benefit anyone.
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I actually pre-ordered this....
I'm actually glad because now I won't have to decide which if the 3 games to play first in my PS4. With Watchdogs out of the picture I just have to decide between BF4 and AC4.
What about the xbox one and PS4 Watch Dog bundles?
I'm surprised this happened, the game looked pretty complete, but nethertheless, I would rather the game be complete than it being rushed into the market.
Super disappointing but I'm okay with this decision, I'd rather have them take the extra time and polish the "next-gen" version of this than release a possibly inferior version and patch things down the line.
I'm actually okay with this decision. If they wait, then we won't run as high a risk of getting a subpar product.
I'm shocked, but I'm still fine with this decision by Ubisoft.
Wow. That sucks.
A little disappointing but since I probably wont be getting a next gen console till January anyways I'm not affected. Besides, I have faith Ubisoft Montreal will make it a good game. Can't wait for 2014!
Better late than broken.
I say, good job. Why? Well, they get the time to make it even better than it would have been instead of releasing something underdeveloped which is indeed shameful.
Ubisoft should be applauded for this. They were obviously under immense pressure to be a new console release game. They didnt decide the next gen release dates after all. The question is which other titles will sadly be thrown together at the end to simply make next gen launch day.
Well crap. That was the ONLY game I preordered with my Xbox One. Disappointing, but I'm happy knowing they're taking the extra time to perfect if. I'd rather wait 3 extra months for a masterpiece than get it early and be disappointed.
This is the only game I have currently pre-ordered for the ps4 wow this sucks!