Another Ubisoft game is now set to miss its original (second?) launch date, following in the footsteps of both Watch_Dogs and Assassin's Creed Unity's own delay not too long ago. Fortunately for those eagerly anticipating Ubisoft's open-world racing game The Crew, they only need to wait an extra month.
Instead of hitting its November 11, 2014 release date (after being delayed once before last year), The Crew will now release on December 2, 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PC (no PS3 version, sorry).
Ubisoft took to explaining the delay on its blog, saying this is a result of Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections taking player feedback into account, as well as a desire to make a game that measures up to everyone's expectations. Several closed betas --two for PC and a limited beta for Xbox One and PS4-- helped push The Crew to meet this goal, but the two development teams want to give it even more time.
To make up for the extra month delay, another closed beta for consoles is in the works, which will take place next month, presumably on or around the day the game was supposed to come out. Players should be commended for taking part in the various betas, as their actions and subsequent feedback have changed a few features within the game itself, including the ability to completely turn on the HUD, voice chat implementation and A.I. adjustments.
According to Creative Director Julian Gerighty, HUD removal was a highly requested feature, as many wanted to be able to enjoy the scenery as they drove across The Crew's (though scaled down) version of the United States. A fair request, certainly. One of the best things The Crew has going for it are its visuals, so you can't really blame people for wanted to see it in its full glory. Gerighty added that Ivory Tower and Ubisoft have nothing against letting players play the way they want, saying:
“One of the best qualities of The Crew is that it’s so open to being played in different ways. People will find pleasure doing different things. Giving people that choice is something we really believe in.”
Similar to the aforementioned Assassin's Creed Unity delay, a little extra dev time never hurt anyone, and usually results in a much better game. The additional upcoming beta can only help as well. If feedback has managed to already change a few things this close to the last release date, imagine what the improvements can be made with an extra month.
Ubisoft's The Crew now has a release date of December 2, 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PC.