Ubisoft have issued a statement that reads;
“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. It is with this in mind that we’ve made the tough decision to delay the release until Spring 2014.
We know a lot of you are probably wondering ‘why now?’ 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 every detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the way you respond on the web, at events, press conferences and during other opportunities we have to interact. Your passion is what drives us.
We can’t wait to see you in Chicago next Spring. We are confident you’ll love this game as much as we love working on it.”
While this may be a big hit to the next-gen launch line-up, Ubisoft won’t get hit too hard by the delay, with Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag enjoying a cross-generation release, with it’s current-gen versions getting an earlier release than originally announced. We respect Ubisoft for the decision - it proves integrity and the commitment to delivering a finished product, rather than rushing a title out of the door to hit hardware deadlines.
Still, Ubisoft have left the announcement a little late. Has this affected your plans for next-gen? Are you considering cancelling a pre-order that you placed for the game? Let us know in the comments below.