Ubisoft studio Massive Entertainment, the primary studio behind upcoming PS4 and Xbox One shooter The Division, has labelled the decision to delay the release of Watch Dogs to May 2014 as a "tremendously important" one.
"It's tremendously important for us as a developer studio, to know that the owner and the publisher are ready to take that hit, and [delaying Watch Dogs] ] was a massive hit. I think their shares fell 25 per cent on the day it was announced it was being delayed," said Massive Entertainment boss David Polfeldt to Examiner.
"It takes so much courage to live through that day and still think that was a good decision. So for us in the development [team], that's an important message that ultimately the management will back up the goals that we have, which is the game has to be great."
"That's ultimately the end goal and then it's a million times better if it's on time," Polfeldt continued, "but if there is a choice between time and quality, then quality will win."
But will The Division see a delay of its own? Earlier this year a Massive Entertainment employee was reported to have branded the idea of The Division launching in 2014 as "laughable".