Gamers who were expecting the extremely hyped Watch Dogs will have to wait until next spring to get their hands on the anticipated title. Ubisoft has cited that the game just isn’t ready for release.
Watch Dogs was scheduled for a November 15 release—just in time for the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. With the date being pushed back to spring 2014, all three next generation consoles will be short a fresh new title.
It should be noted that Ubisoft had a launch day bundle planned with Sony for the PlayStation 4. That bundle has been effectively cancelled and the release date for Watch Dogs being listed as June 30.
In speaking with GamesBeat about the PlayStation 4 launch bundle a spokesman with Ubisoft stated, “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.”
On Ubisoft’s blog, spokesman Gary Steinman commented on the decision to hold Watch Dogs back. “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.”
In further discussing the decision, Steinman pointed out that Ubisoft felt the game wasn’t entirely ready for November. “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.”
Starting development in 2009, Watch Dogs was first showcased at E3 2012 and instantly generated buzz for its detailed modern open world environment and unique gameplay that wasn’t centered on firearms and swords. The game—like the foundation for Ubisoft’s other franchises Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell—focuses on stealth.
Taking place in an alternate version of Chicago, the title’s storyline follows hacker Aiden Pearce as he combats the “man behind the curtain” who controls and uses the world’s information. In the game’s world, data on citizens is kept for all sorts of purposes and stored in the supercomputer called CtOS—Central Operating System—which many cities have.
While this year would’ve been the perfect time for Watch Dogs to hit with all that has gone on with NSA and privacy, Ubisoft fans and those wanting an open world fix—given that you haven’t already finished Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V—can look forward to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
Assassin’s Creed IV features the same stealth approach as its predecessors, but is set during the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean. The title also suffered a setback as it was supposed to see an October 29 release, but will now be released on all next generation consoles as well Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3—just in time for the mid November launches.
What do you think, was pushing Watch Dogs back even further a huge setback? Where you looking forward to the title? Let us know below.