Watch Dogs, The Crew delayed
posted on 10.15.13 at 12:32 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Aiden Pearce to miss next-gen launch debut.

Watch Dogs—originally scheduled to launch November 19 on current-gen platforms and PC, and November 15 and 22 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, respectively—has been delayed until spring 2014.

“Our ambition from the start with Watch Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming,” the Watch Dogs development team said in a statement. “It is with this in mind that we’ve made the tough decision to delay the release until Spring 2014.”

Why announce the delay now? According to the team, they “struggled with” whether they would push back the release date.

“From the beginning, we have adopted the attitude that we will not compromise on quality,” the statement continued. “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 every detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.”

In a conference call, Ubisoft said it expects to release Watch Dogs in the first quarter of its fiscal year, which runs between April 1 to June 30, 2014.

Additionally, The Crew, previously planned for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2014, has been delayed to fiscal year 2014-2015.

During a conference call, Ubisoft said it expects to release The Crew in its second quarter, which runs between July 1 and September 30, 2014.

Thanks, IGN.

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  • shogunknight

    Woah, thats uh….quite a suprise

    • Sal Romano

      Yeah. Wasn’t expecting that.

  • GhostNomad

    Out of left field. Exactly a month before the release (at least on PS4) too. I’m disappointed because this was easily my most hyped game of next gen (and part of why I was getting a PS4 on launch). I’m relieved because that’s less money to spend in November but damn.

    Then again, better delayed so we get the best possible version instead of a rushed one.

    [EDIT] Now The Crew is also delayed? Man, it’s like they’re starting at the top of my hype list and working their way down!

    • Sevyne

      I think I’m most disappointed with The Crew being delayed. Not that it had a release date anyway, but man I’m really hyped over that game.

  • bloodiOS

    I suppose it’s for the best, with Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghost coming out and likely to hog all the attentions.

    • Zackasaur

      Eh, Watch Dogs pre-order numbers are very high.

      I think this is is really just a quality assurance matter. Plus, now it is spaced out a bit from ACIV.

      • bloodiOS

        Well, yeah, I meant that quality assurance aside, it might be better to come out at a time when there are less competitions to worry about. Definitely would be a pain for people who pre-ordered the bundle though.

  • Skerj

    Hmm, my PS4 launch bundle includes Watch Dogs. I wonder what they’re going to say now. Either way, I’m glad it’s getting delayed, I was pretty worried about it considering every new piece of footage they showed did not look.

    • abysswalker

      I’m sorry to tell you this but if by now you still think Watch Dogs is not fun then this delay means nothing. The time window is most certainly to fix bugs not to modify gameplay. Watch Dogs will stay as is, unless they decide to push it even further but that doesn’t seem likely because overall it has gotten pretty positive feedback.

      • Skerj

        Don’t get me wrong, I WANT the game to be good. I mean I did preorder it for launch and still intend on getting it. I think it’s just the amount of information they hit us with a few months ago that ultimately looked like the character wasn’t doing anything different than what we saw him do the hundred times they showed us earlier.

        SInce the overload I’ve been on blackout, just hoping the mechanics are well implemented to go beyond being gimmicky.

  • Sevyne

    While the game looked cool and I was planning on getting it, I’m probably going to pass on it now. I’m not passing on it out of protest (though I am pretty pissed that they’d delay it by like half a year a month before release). I’ll be likely passing on it because I was only getting it because it looked like a decent launch title. Now Ubisoft can’t even capitalize on people getting shiny new consoles looking for a game to buy while the library is bare-bones. Oh well.

    Edit: Just to be perfectly clear here, I can understand delaying a game to make it a better experience. Hell, this delay could be a necessary thing, but understand that by not making the launch rush it will hurt it as well. People like myself who weren’t super hyped over the game, but were interested enough to warrant a purchase just for a time passer until the games we want come are now missed sales. That’s really what I’m trying to get at here.

    • $18114340

      Actually, I agree with you. There may have been a lot of people who were very excited for this game (I’m guessing you’re talking about Watch Dogs here) and would have bought it anyway, but Ubisoft is now losing out on sales from people who were only mildly interested in it to begin with. Perhaps this is all for the sake of a higher-quality experience, but you don’t early-adopt a console and not expect some rough edges from the games you get to play right away. And for those who were planning on getting it for current-gen… at least the game will be better when you get to play it.

      • Sevyne

        Exactly. People who were really excited for it will still get it, but people just looking for a decent launch game (like myself) are much more likely to skip it now. It’s now going to probably end up releasing near Infamous: Second Son, and Watch Dogs was supposed to be one of my “keep me busy” games until Infamous released lol.

  • syaznifaiq

    oh how coincidence, just the time when GTA V online seem to be working and R* ‘donated’ GTA Online players $500,000 after technical hiccups,

    Suddenly Ubisoft realized that they needed to take the extra time and decide to delay Watch dog to next year .. ..,

    LOL,Stop treating your fans like idiots . .. shoulda seen this one coming after what happen on Rayman .

    The “Two Months Are Enough to Visit Los Santos” marketing gimmick is more that enough prove that ubisoft is ready to release this game this year only to be caught off guard by GTA V success

    • Zackasaur

      … Sarcasm? I’d like to think so.

      • syaznifaiq


        • Zackasaur

          So you’re just really like this. :c

  • $30632660

    Rayman was only the beginning…

    • Zackasaur

      Rayman’s delay was fantastic. The game doubled in size and quality as a result. They had months to just keep adding content because they were working on the multiplatform versions.

  • Sal Romano

    Updated the post a bit. Sorry for any confusion.

  • César H. Sandoval

    Good, more time to play GTAV

  • Panda

    Damn. Watch dogs was one of the games I was getting with the PS4.

  • Rafael Monteiro

    I heard The Crew was actually delayed to “fiscal year 2014” which is through Abril 2014 to March 2015

  • Bryce Blalex Douglas

    Watch they delay The Division til 2015 too smh. I was looking forward to The Crew during the “drought” time. Now the game is coming out around the same time as big Triple A games and that’s going to hurt it bad.

    • Jay

      Delaying The Division would truly be upsetting, but after this I almost expect it.

      • Bryce Blalex Douglas

        The Division was already set to compete with Destiny, The Order, the next CoD, Dragon Age etc. Now The Crew has to compete with them unless it comes out in like August and I’m sure Ubisoft doesn’t want their own games competing with each other.
        To be fair a lot of games get delayed in the beginning of a new Gen.

  • gerald

    Should be for the best. Watch Dogs was one of the most interesting looking games but launch games don’t take full advantage of the new hardware. Sounds like the delay was to step up the quality so I’m cool with it.

    (edit) lol downvoted almost the instant I posted that. What’s up with the petty downvoting everywhere lately on this site? Or maybe I just have a stalker…

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  • bloodiOS

    They need more time to ensure the games launch with 1080p@60fps on both next-gen platforms.

    • Zackasaur

      You’re really into 1080p at 60fps. lulz I see that phrase turn up in your posts on nearly every next-gen article I read!

      Really, it’s probably touch-ups and glitches. And, yeah, maybe some performance boosts.

      • bloodiOS

        Beware, for I shall soon be known as the 1080p@60fps guy.

        • GhostNomad


          • bloodiOS

            Aha! So my rise to fame occurred earlier than I thought.

    • DarthBrian

      I agree completely.
      Though, it seems they’re having enough trouble just getting it to run at 900p or whatever resolution they were targetting. :p

      • bloodiOS

        Trouble on the lesser next-gen console, you mean ;)

        • DarthBrian

          I might have meant that. Who knows? :p

    • Mar Mar

      I’m pretty sure they said both next-gen platforms will run 1080p@60fps for every game but then BF4 will only run 720p@60fps on PS4/XBone. Another game, Drive Club will not go 60fps.

      • bloodiOS

        Actually there are quite a few games aiming for 30fps while others run below 1080p to maintain 60fps. Battlefield 4 is confirmed to be 720p@60fps on XBO, but could potentially runs at a higher resolution on PS4 (like 900p, but no promise). Killer Instinct is also another game that is going to be 720p@60fps. Drive Club‘s devs have said that they’re looking into 60fps, but that seems unlikely at this point, but it’s Evolution Studios so… really, who knows. Killzone: Shadow Fall is 1080p@30fps for single-player and runs at a perceptual 60fps for multiplayer. The Crew and NFS: Rivals actually are both aiming for a constant 30fps performance. And then there’s an oddball like Ryse: Son of Rome, which is confirmed to be 900p@30fps.

  • DarthNemesis

    The game was never interesting and only recieved hype because it was similar to the overrated GTA5. Killzone should have been on everyones preorder list over this game.

    • $30632660

      Implying Killzone is interesting

      • Jay

        I find Killzone interesting, as well as Watch Dogs and GTA V… We all have opinions, don’t we?

      • Elvick

        I’m buying Watch_Dogs and Killzone… no need to stoop down to his level and insult Killzone.

    • Elvick

      Watch_Dogs appeals to me because it’s not similar to GTA.

    • tokyobassist

      You are clown shoes sir.

      I’m sorry but Killzone has as much innovation as Crunch Berries which is none at all. The graphics got better, the gameplay has been inconsistent as shit through the entire series and it embodies almost everything we hate about modern gaming. Linearity redefined as a 1080p corridor with set pieces interrupting your gameplay at sporadic intervals? Bet your ass. Terrible dudebro story line and dialogue? Well we’re glad we can serve it to you hot.

      Yet you shit on Watch Dogs which looks nothing like GTA outside of being a sandbox game. I’m not even interested in Watch Dogs that much mainly because Ubisoft are a bunch of screw ups but it look ambitious and new whereas Killzone: Shadow Fall is just Killzone minus the brown and gray and 1000% more lens flare based on what we’ve seen.

  • CosmicNova

    I don’t mind the delay. Wasn’t going to pick it up this year anyway.

  • Crossbones (Prodigy-X)

    It’s okay guys we still got Assassin’s Creed IV Pirates of The Caribbean.

  • Audie Bakerson

    Game where the main selling point was it was for sale at console launch are no longer going to be for sale at console launch?
    I can already tell this will end poorly.

  • Gariya

    Then give back all my wasted time of watching all those footage every GOD. DAMN. TIME I’m livewatching a PlayStation press conference this year.
    I was pretty sure I won’t see this game again after Nov 15th but NOPE, release delayed, and I’m prolly still going to see this again until I’m sick of it, oh wait, I AM already sick of it.

    Watching PS4 reveal, a Watch Dogs footage, okay.
    Watching PS conference at E3, another Watch Dogs footage, fine.
    Watching PS conference at gamescom, ANOTHER Watch Dogs footage, can we stop this already?

    I thought I was going to get away from it in SCEJ 9/9 Conference because it would be a Japanese-centric event with games catered for Japan-specific taste, BUT NOOOOOOOPE ANOTHER FUCKING WATCH DOGS FOOTAGE. All those footages were because they’re going to release the game soon this year, but now that it got delayed, I’m pretty damn sure I’m not done with seeing this. I’m going to see more and more footage of this game in the very near future and be even more sick of it.

  • Zero

    I guess all the trailer spam was a waste of time, eh Ubisoft? For real, you need to tell the marketing team to cut down on that. I don’t want games spoiled for me thanks to over marketing.

    It is a shame, because I went into media blackout mode with Watch Dogs back in July/August or so. In other words – I’ve been ready to purchase this game for a long time, well before July when I stopped.

    If they are really telling the truth about improving the game, I’m just fine with the delay. I do wonder what happens to those Watch Dogs day one bundles for next gen hardware? Do they just come with a $60 voucher now or something?

    • Sevyne

      Amazon is switching them to just the launch non-bundle PS4. Gamestop is allowing the choice to switch to another bundle or just a PS4 I believe.

      • Zero

        I see. I suppose it’s kinda lame to be forced to switch to a non bundle PS4. Have to go out and buy a game separately and stuff.

      • Skerj

        Oh nice, I had one of the launch day Watch Dogs bundles from Amazon but I’ve yet to receive a notification. I wanted to purchase all of my PS4 games digitally anyway so this actually works out.

        • Sevyne

          Yeah, on the order page they updated it to show this,

          “All orders for the Watch Dogs PlayStation 4 bundle will keep their place in line and we will fulfill the PlayStation 4 (without the Watch Dogs game) in accordance with your current delivery estimate. We are working on adjusting these orders and will update you as soon as we know more.”

  • Gigus

    i’m okay with this

  • Elvick

    Watch_Dogs was the one 3rd party title I was going to buy on PS4. ):

    Oh well, there are tons of current gen games coming that I was still buying, plus PS4 and two games for it… and potentially some digital games.

    So this is good for my wallet.

  • Wolf Star

    I was looking forward to this game until this morning, I guess my 2nd PS4 launch title would be Knack.

  • Wolfcum

    Fine by me, too many great games for this holiday season. I’m getting Forza 5 and COD Ghosts for launch.