Ubisoft: ‘Watch Dogs’ Would Have Been ‘Best-Rated Game’ During Next-Gen Launch

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Watch Dogs Would Be Best Launch Title

When Watch Dogs was delayed back in October, it was to a lot of disappointed grumbling in the gaming community. For two years running the game was one of, if not the hottest title at E3 and fans had been waiting patiently to get their hands on it. That went double for players who pre-ordered the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, who were looking forward to a meaty open world game to test out their new consoles.

That ended up not happening as the game was delayed until Spring 2014, meaning that there was a big Watch Dogs shaped hole in both console’s launch libraries. Some have suggested that the new generation’s launch libraries didn’t have many stand out games and Ubisoft seems to think that if Watch Dogs had made it out the door on time, it would have been the best reviewed title.

Speaking to IGN, Laurent Detoc, Ubisoft’s North American president, explained his firm belief that Watch Dogs “would have been the best-rated game on next gen,” but continued by revealing that in the end Ubisoft wants to make the best game possible first and foremost. He iterated this by comparing Watch Dogs to the behemoth Grand Theft Auto series.

“But without sending them too many flowers, the guys at Rockstar have showed us again that if you make a 96-percent game, people will come. Watch Dogs, I can only hope we get to that level. There’s an attachment to the brand, in the case of GTA, that makes people really want to give it that 100-percent review… That’s what we’re after.”

Watch Dogs Delay Explained

No publisher ever wants to delay a game with marketing rescheduling, extra work and fan disappointment all looming over its head if it decides to change the release date. Unsurprisingly though, Detoc justified that the delay was “in the best interest of the product,” but admitted that the decision caught more than just the fans by surprise too.

“Part of the decision to delay Watch Dogs is also that. We know it’s not where we want it to be. Can it get there? What will it take to get there? That’s why it takes a longer process. But in August we really thought we were going to have that game at launch.”

Fans have wanted to get their hands on Watch Dogs for a couple of years now, and it’s been what feels like a long wait for the game, but delays are not uncommon for Ubisoft titles outside of the annualized Assassin’s Creed franchise. It still doesn’t have a release date past the vague window of spring, although Detoc did tease gamers by saying that everyone can expect to see it:

“When we have something good to show again.”

Is your enthusiasm for Watch Dogs as strong as it was when it was first announced? Are you even hungrier for the game now? Do you understand Ubisoft’s reasoning to delay the game? Let us know below.


Watch Dogs will be available for PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in spring 2014.

Source: IGN

TAGS: PC, PS3, PS4, Ubisoft, Watch Dogs, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One

  • Ajeno

    … and I would’ve been the best sexual partner Scarlett Johansson ever had if only my bus yesterday morning was not delayed. Sucks to be alive sometimes.

  • JohnE

    They haven’t updated either their website, facebook or anything else since the announcement.

    Let’s face it, The game isn’t delayed, It’s dead.

  • Handsome Jack

    The thing that irks me the most about the delay is the system I ordered it for. I ordered it for my 360 thinking it woul launch in Nov like it was supposed to, had I known it would be delayed I would have ordered it for my sweet new gaming pc I recently put together. Now I get to play it (all optimized for new systems) on what will be a last-gen console, that’s double mild weak-sauce.

    • I oo

      You can cancel a pre-order and order it for pc instead…

  • dan

    And the Dodo would’ve learned to fly, if only it had stuck around for a few more generations. Hey, it could have happened. But did it?

  • Aaroncoolguy

    Don’t discourage game finalization! Angry fans who get mad about a date being pushed back are the worst. Of course it sucks, of course you want to play it. But it only means that the DEVS cared enough to make an ACTUALLY GOOD product instead of some half-assed sloppy game to make a lot of money. Watch Dogs could have easily done this but instead they took it back and they are working on making it better. And it’s just right around the corner and much more polished than before.