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Watch Dogs, The Crew Delayed Until 2014

Two of Ubisoft's premiere next-gen games are moving into next year.

Update: The Crew has been delayed, as well. According to Ubisoft, The Crew is expected during the company's second quarter (July 1 to September 30) and Watch Dogs is aiming for first quarter (April 1 to June 30).

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It's not surprising to see game delays leading into a console launch, but even I'm surprised to report Watch Dogs has been pushed back until spring 2014.

Perhaps Ubisoft saw Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag tracking really well, and decided to avoid cannibalizing its lead franchise?

"We know a lot of you are probably wondering: Why now?" the company said in a blog post today. "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."

Watch Dogs had been scheduled for a November 12 release on PlayStation 4, and November 19 everywhere else. It was also part of a PS4 bundle. It's unclear what happens to those customers.

Spring is really vague, too. Technically, summer doesn't start until June 21, 2014.

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Posted by Morningstar

Oh man..............

Edited by ninkendo

Should just drop the current gen versions and focus exclusively on the PC/PS4/WiiU/XBONE versions

Edited by VeiledMalice

Oh wow, I was totally going to pick that up in the release bundle too.

Posted by Atwa

HA!

Posted by AlKusanagi

Oh HAI! Remember that awesome launch title which was the whole reason you wanted a day one system? Well you can just fuck right off!

Posted by Pr1mus

And my video game buying for the year is done! That was essentially the last game i was interested for the rest of the year. Not a bad thing considering my current financial situation.

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Posted by CByrne

Ugh, I was looking forward to this...

Edited by Colourful_Hippie

Considering the ridiculous PC reqs, them having to scale back from 60 to 30 on next gen consoles, and not even being sure that 1080p will be the native resolution, I guess I can't exactly be surprised that they need a bit more time to get their shit together.

Posted by leejunfan83

What? Huh?

Posted by Sackmanjones

I have the watch dog bundle. Wonder what this means.....

Posted by VoshiNova

Oh HAI! Remember that awesome launch title which was the whole reason you wanted a day one system? Well you can just fuck right off!

Posted by noizy

...and the reasons to buy a new console are becoming thinner and thinner.

Posted by SeanFoster

Well, Dead Rising 3 is now the most appealing launch title to me...I think I'll cancel my pre-orders and wait for spring next year when things seem to be really heating up.

Posted by civid

What the hell is this game "Watch Dogs" Klepek is talking about that? Never heard about it, how is this a big deal?

Edited by rmanthorp

AND The Crew.

FUCKSHITUGHNEXTGENSUX

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Posted by GalacticPunt

I have the watch dog bundle.

Not anymore, you don't!

Sorry. I'm sorry for your loss.

Posted by TheLastGunslinger

There goes one of my launch titles, but I don't think I'll replace it with anything else. I'm still getting Forza, Ryse, Battlefield, and Dead Rising.

Posted by McLargepants

This is bananas! I don't know what to feel about this, but Watch Dogs was definitely the last game this year that had me really pumped up! I'm shocked right now!

Posted by theimmortalbum

I literally cannot describe how bummed I am by this right now. It's the ONE game I was looking forward to this fall. I don't even know what else is coming out.

Posted by JSwan13

I have the watch dog bundle. Wonder what this means.....

Same here, im worried

Posted by Aretak

I'm honestly really pleased with this news. Watch Dogs has looked less and less impressive to me each time they've shown it since E3. Hopefully an extra six months of polish will result in a much better game.

Posted by Subject2Change

Guess I'll be playing AC4 only on PS4....

Posted by MormonWarrior

I'd imagine they'll just either cancel those preorders, or just switch them to a vanilla PS4 release.

This is actually one of the most surprising late-game delays I've ever seen. Kinda nuts.

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Posted by IrrelevantJohn

this is why i dont bother trusting release dates anymore.

Posted by Fushichou187
@jswan13 said:

@sackmanjones said:

I have the watch dog bundle. Wonder what this means.....

Same here, im worried

The official bundle they're selling in the EU? They'd likely let you switch to another official bundle at no cost I'd imagine.. unless WD was the only thing you were interested in picking up. As for U.S. store bundles... dunno. This will be a giant headache for everyone I'd imagine.

Posted by theveej

well unless dead rising 3 turns out to be super sick (I was impressed by it at PAX but previous entries did not do much for me), I see no reason of owning a next gen console this year. All the games that I am pumped for: Infamous, Watch Dogs, Destiny, Titanfall are all coming out next year (plus all the indie games, although those can all be played on the PC). You have to assume by the time those games come out there will be a more attractive bundle also out of for both consoles.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I'm kinda bummed by this, but if the end product ends up being better, then I can't complain.

Edited by Elwoodan

yea whats gonna happen to my amazon PS4 bundle pre-order? I'll take AC4 instead!

Posted by jayjonesjunior

@aretak said:

I'm honestly really pleased with this news. Watch Dogs has looked less and less impressive to me each time they've shown it since E3. Hopefully an extra six months of polish will result in a much better game.

That is because only the premise was impressive, the game was never any good.

Edited by Clonedzero

This and BF4 were the only real next-gen games i was all that interested in (launch lineup i mean). I guess i can wait a bit.

Posted by JZ

Fuuuuuuuuck man really?.........awwwgh

Posted by Mister_V

Oh god dammit.

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Posted by thatdutchguy

lol

Edited by Castiel

It doesn't really affect me since I'm going to wait a while before buying a PS4, but it sure sucks for the people who preordered the bundle.

Also you can never really trust release dates any more, and it doesn't bother me cause in the end it means better games #cough# The Last of Us #cough#, so I'm fine with it. That being said I'm still a little surprised in this case, since WD was easily the most interesting launch title.

Posted by SplitSecond

Wow that's a long delay. Hopefully the time proves useful. For me I'm not planning on a next-gen console purchase for a while but for those early adopters definitely disappointing.

Posted by Humanity

@jswan13: you'll probably just get AC4 bundled in - what else does Ubisoft have that it can swap out that's a nextgen release?

Posted by l4wd0g

one less reason to buy a next gen system at launch

Posted by Aviar

So disappointed in this. This was the one PS4 launch title I was looking forward to. It will be very interesting to see what happens to those of us that have the bundle ordered with this game. I'm really thinking about skipping next gen consoles right now and just upgrading the video card in my PC.

Posted by oldenglishC

Great, another Ubisoft game for the Wii U that's been delayed so they can iron out the bugs on the ports for inferior consoles.

Posted by alfawolf04

Didn't see that one coming. Not in the least. The final product had better be gold.

Posted by StrainedEyes

They look really silly for releasing all those damn trailers now.

I have the watch dog bundle. Wonder what this means.....

If you mean the Amazon bundle, that wasn't anything official just something they threw together, so I imagine they'll just offer a new game to choose from.

Posted by HandsomeLukeG

Have to get a new Launch title now DR 3 or Ryse

Edited by onyxghost

Ha! I just preordered it yesterday. I thought this kinda thing might happen, but I thought with only a month to go we were golden

Posted by Hadoken101

Well shit, I'm interested to see just how much this affects the sales of the new consoles, considering this game was a huge selling point for a lot of people.

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Edited by TheManWithNoPlan

That's a real bummer. Watch Dogs was one of the next gen games I was looking forward to. I'll still get a Ps4, but honestly it's pretty disheartening.

Posted by NoRemnants

@elwoodan: I'm waiting for an amazon rep in their chat support right now to ask that very question. I'll let you know after I talk to them.

Edited by Snigs

Hmmmmmmm, I wonder when that Amazon email updating the order will come in... please don't say F U Amazon and delay the bundle...

Posted by Azraeill

If it makes the game better, I'm fine with this. Pretty bummed though.

Posted by RioStarwind

Well that pretty much gets rid of the one game I wanted to pick up for sure on day one. Sounds like they need the extra time so hopefully it's worth the delay.

Posted by SomeJerk

Sucks but ultimately I think it's the best move. GTA goddamn 5, as little as I thought of the story and as strong as my complaints are, made WD into a title I'd buy at a sale. Hope to pick it up spring 2014.