If you were hoping to get your hot little hands on the highly-anticipated game Watch Dogs this November 19th, I’m sorry to say that the rumors are indeed true: Ubisoft has pushed the release date back a few months to spring of next year AND decided to delay their upcoming racing game, The Crew, till March 2014.
Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot says it boils down to money and their desire to “win the next generation.”
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.
The Watch Dogs development team also made an official statement on Ubisoft’s blog:
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.
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 other opportunities we have to interact. Your passion keeps us motivated.
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.
As far as what happens to Watch Dogs and next-gen consoles, Kotaku asked Ubisoft “What up?” and Ubisoft replied with, “Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo understand the importance of releasing games of the very highest quality for their consoles. Our partnership with Sony remains strong and we will have more details to share about the specific benefits of this partnership for PlayStation customers at a later date.”
So at this point, your guess is as good as mine…but I smell trouble.
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