Those of you already lacing up your kicks to get in line for the release of Ubisoft‘s upcoming new franchises Watch Dogs and open-world racing experience, The Crew, will have to sit back down for the next few months as Ubisoft have announced as of October 15th that the greatly anticipated action-adventure title originally set to ship late-November will be held back for a Spring release next year.
As for The Crew, we can only assume going by what Ubisoft announced in a conference call this morning that the product will most likely reach retailers for September 2014, which may pose as a disappointment for consumers hoping for a release in the early months of next year.
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.
– Watch_Dogs Development Team, Ubisoft Blog
Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, also released the following separate notice.
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.
Taking that into effect, how do you feel about the sudden change of schedule? As an admirer of Ubisoft’s original titles, I can’t help but feel disappointed as to how close the announcement was made to the original date of release; do you think it was fair of Ubisoft to wait this long to drop the bad news? Let us know in the comments below!