Ubisoft announced on Tuesday that two of their new franchises, Watch Dogs and The Crew, have been delayed until 2014. Both of these franchises were set for release within the current fiscal year with Watch Dogs in November 2013 and The Crew in early 2014. During a conference call Tuesday morning, Ubisoft explained that they expect for Watch Dogs to be released between April 1 and June 30, 2014 and The Crew to be released between July 1 and September 30, 2014.
You can find Ubisoft’s statement from the Watch Dogs team on the Ubisoft Blog.
Retailers such as GameStop and Amazon have been reassuring gamers who bought the Watch Dogs next gen console bundles that they will still receive their console on release day but it will no longer have Watch Dogsincluded. They have offered a few options for those people who did happen to preorder it,which includes choosing a different game or staying with Watch Dogs and instead the game will ship whenever it is finally released next year.
You can find the Game Informer interview with GameStop as well as the tweets from Amazon regarding the preorders here.
Honestly I applaud the fact that they are taking their time to release these games. Whenever a new console rolls around there are always publishers who push games out too early and they end up being terrible. Ubisoft is a huge company with great titles and should be in no hurry to put games on the market. I have been saying for months that it is odd that Ubisoft would release both Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Watch Dogs so close to each other because they might pull sales way from each other. This will no longer be an issue as they will be at least six months apart. Watch Dogs is supposed to be a huge innovative game, and with that, they should take as much time as necessary to deliver a great experience to us as gamers; something worth the $60 price tag.