Published on October 15th, 2013 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor
Watch_Dogs and ‘The Crew’ Delayed Until 2014
Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch_Dogs, which was intended to launch on November 12th, and The Crew, which did not have a definite release date, will launch no later than April 2014.
Ubisoft made the announcement on the Ubisoft 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.”
Both Watch_Dogs and ‘The Crew’ are expected now to release in Q2 of 2014, and for those that have pre-ordered a next-gen system bundle that was to include Watch_Dogs will still get their console, however they will have to wait until the game launches to get their game. Customers will also have the option to pick a different system bundle if they choose to.
“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. In a context of growing successes for mega-blockbusters, the additional time given to the development of our titles will allow them to fulfill their huge ambitions and thus offer players even more exceptional experiences.
Fueled by strong momentum for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, calendar 2014 will see the return of growth to the console market. 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.”