Ubisoft delays Watch Dogs and The Crew
Both games have been pushed back to spring 2014
Ubisoft’s next-gen racer, The Crew.
Apparently the games needed more development time and were not yet as polished as Ubisoft had intended.
“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, said the Ubisoft Watch Dogs development team in a statement. “It is with this in mind that we’ve made the tough decision to delay the release until spring 2014.”
While The Crew was slated to release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014 anyway, it was originally planned to hit store shelves in the first quarter. It will now release in the second quarter along with Watch Dogs, which was originally scheduled for release on Nov. 19 in North America for both current-gen and next-gen systems.
Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot added that the company has a strong outlook for both the next-gen console cycle and the upcoming year.
“Fueled by strong momentum for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, calendar 2014 will see the return of growth to the console market” said Guillemot. “Combined with the quality of our line-up and our strong financial situation, this growth will allow us to achieve record operating income in fiscal 2014-15 and 2015-16.”
Though the delay of The Crew makes sense and is a lot easier to stomach, Watch Dogs being delayed is a bit of a head-scratcher. Why Ubisoft would wait to delay the game so close to release is hard to fathom.
What do you think? Do you think the extra development time will make for a better game or do you think Ubisoft made the wrong decision here by killing the momentum they had with the game’s marketing. Sound off in the comments section!
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