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.”
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.