Yes, I’ve been consumed with GTA 5 recently. Yes, I think it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played. Yes, I’ve written more about that game than any other. All of these things are true, but the one thing you may not yet know is that I have been consciously anticipating Watch Dogs since the E3 gameplay video. I couldn’t wait to write the GTA – Watch Dogs comparison article after I got a few hours of game time in. There was so much to look forward to, not the least of which is Watch Dogs simultaneous release for both consoles and PC. All those hopes have been dashed as Ubisoft announced today that Watch Dogs release date of November 19th is being pushed back.
Why is Watch Dogs being delayed, you ask? Because it isn’t complete, that’s why. Why else? Ubisoft’s company blog states, “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”. Sounds like it’s incomplete to me.
This news has got to disturb both Sony and Xbox Execs as Watch Dogs was set to be one of the major releases supporting their next gen consoles. It may also end up diminishing some of those early sales figures as Watch Dogs was expected to be available on the next gen consoles quite a bit before GTA 5. They may just lost that early competitive edge, but Ubisoft doesn’t seem too worried about it. Responding to Kotaku about the situation, Ubisoft stated, “Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo understand the importance of releasing games of the very highest quality for their consoles. Our partnership with Sony remains strong and we will have more details to share about the specific benefits of this partnership for PlayStation customers at a later date”.
I guess I’ve got more play time with GTA 5 than I had expected, not that I’m complaining mind you. What else will you be playing while you wait to get the chance at hacking a futuristic Chicago? I think I’m going to jump between GTA 5 and Kerbal. Ah, how I love Kerbal.