Despite a strong belief that the game was destined for next-gen after its stunning display at E3 2012, Ubisoft has today confirmed Watch Dogs will release in 2013. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced the news today during a financial call.
Thus far we had received confirmation that Ubisoft would like to release Watch Dogs on all three major platforms (PC, PS3, and Xbox 360), but a Wii U version is not out of the question. Based on the visuals on display during the Watch Dogs demo it was hard to imagine the game being current gen, but somehow Ubisoft plans to make it work.
For those that might not be familiar, Watch Dogs is a pseudo sci-fi shooter that incorporates open-world elements and some gadget-based features. There was even a multiplayer component teased by the demo, but Ubisoft has yet to shed light on that aspect. In fact, they’ve been pretty quiet on the game since E3; only popping in to confirm it’s a current gen game.
While a game that could have presumably released in 2014 has been confirmed for 2013, another highly anticipated titled that was thought to be maybe even a 2010 release, The Last Guardian, has slipped further into limbo. When asked point blank if The Last Guardian could be considered a 2013 release, Sony‘s Shuhei Yoshida balked at confirming such a claim.
Yoshida cites an already disappointing series of delays as the major reason behind the lack of 2013 commitment, but nonetheless this will keep Team Ico fans’ spirits low. At various points throughout the year it was thought that The Last Guardian might be cancelled altogether, but thankfully Yoshida’s release date dodge makes no mention of cancellation.
Based on Yoshida’s comments, though, it seems like Team Ico is going back to the drawing board in some form or another — revamping the engine, or at least retooling it. Will the game look markedly different whenever Sony reveals it to the public again? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Are you surprised to hear that Watch Dogs will be a 2013 release? Will The Last Guardian ever see the light of day?