The Division dev says Watch Dogs delay sent an "important message"

"If there is a choice between time and quality, then quality will win," says The Division developer. But will it come out in 2014?

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".

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rogerthat1945
rogerthat1945

I thought I just got a message in my Origin box that said WatchDogs is now slated for a Mid July release (Not May).

galactic88
galactic88

Well here's news for ya, Walmart just sent me an email saying it's slated for shipping March 2015. Now it's Walmart so is their any validity in it who knows, but with this, why would it be a surprise.

chineolee
chineolee

Any kind of delay increases expectations and frustration, and this can offset any benefits garnered from the extra development time. If the game is in great shape already then just release it, unless it's not in great shape, but no developer will admit to that. 

wujekbuch
wujekbuch

@chineolee  

release it and than make some updates... but i think it will be a great game in this year or in 2015,,, i will wait for it and i will spend $$ because it already buyed for me hehe 

 

jonaadams
jonaadams

It says right on their website it's coming to the Xbox One, PS4 & the PC.

Kickable
Kickable

so courageous. my heroes

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

No problem boss, so looking forward to this game!! And if it needs a bit more time for the shine and polish and the fancy racing stripes, so be it!!!


I got enough games to tide me till Christmas anyway LOL

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

You have to get that day one DLC ready on time..That's worth a delay..

zachyoshida
zachyoshida

Here's an idea, just tell us the game is going to be coming out a year later than what you wanted it to or better yet just state when you actually think the game will be ready. I think too many times they want to get us excited for a game so they give us an unrealistic release window and end up delaying it. I would rather you give me a later date and then when the game is finished actually move the release date up. And Ubisoft isn't the only one who does this. I think Nintendo is the worst company at doing this to their fans. Whenever they announce a game I immediately add 6 to 9 months on it (Super Smash WiiU was just delayed "again" to fall/winter 2014). However I would rather they take the time to fine tune the game then rush it clearly before it is ready ie. EA with Battlefield 4

dm1986
dm1986

is so fucking green the ps4 and xbox 1 that is like they release the console 1 year early


What is doing with the console those who pay 350/450u$s ¿to play the same things in ps3? can some one explain me please.

Vodoo
Vodoo

Just delay it now to holiday 2015. That's what's gonna happen anyway and it's easier on gamers delaying it further out then a month before launch like Watch Dogs.

I'm glad they did delay Watch Dogs, in retrospect, because if we thought it looked like shit a month ago, imagine what shape it was in back then? It would've scored terribly and Ubisoft would be ridiculed like the Alien: Colonial Marines developer was.

deadpen
deadpen

The important message will come to the dev. with the sales figures in the form of "you would have sold more if it was a launch title" 

hystavito
hystavito

"but if there is a choice between time and quality, then quality will win."

Depending on various factors of course :).

PSdual_wielder
PSdual_wielder

It's not coming out this year.  Even the idea of it coming out next year seems far-fetched.

thunderborne
thunderborne

Based on some of the stuff I have been reading about this game and how far from complete it is, delaying the game would be better than disappointing us.  Apart from The Witcher 3, I'm looking forward to this game more than any other.

VGjunkie87
VGjunkie87

@thunderborne  The Witcher 3, that game gives my imagination an orgasm of epic proportions.  Definitely number one on my most anticipated list.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Courage?  Ha.  The delay was just so it didn't release alongside AC4.  That's literally all it was.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

If they delayed 'The Division' I don't think it would bother me.. What bothers me is when companies set a release date.. Draw closer to it.. Then delay it.. GTA V is the worst example.. Game set for release in Spring and a few months prior they delay the game... Then upon release they delayed the MP only for it to be broke anyway.. That's irritating.. Hopefully Watch Dogs is a finished product upon release, and the delay proves to be worthwhile.. As long as The Division is a complete product upon release (no matter how far away it is) I'd be happy

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

The Division will come out in 2017 or 2018 at the earliest. 

noigel
noigel

Quality over time... except when the game is called Assassins Creed? Or Splinter Cell? Or Call of Juarez? Or <putYourUbisoftFranchiseHere>?

RyogaRod
RyogaRod

There is no way The Division is coming out this year. Would be nice, but I wouldn't count on it.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Watch dogs was to be one of the flagship games to ring in the 8th generation of video games. So delaying it is a good idea if the result is a quality game. In the end that is what matters. So not having it ready as a launch title for PS4 and Xbox one is not that big of a deal.


Waiting is worth it. instead of rushing out Watch dogs and having it bomb. 

daviz88
daviz88

look a screen shot from the division, hope they downgrade that one as well

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

The real message here? Don't announce your games release date unless you're absolutely sure you're ready for release. Publishers need to be a bit smarter. If the quality just isn't there for release yet, then don't attach a date to it. It's a bit of a middle finger to gamers, and as we can see, it affects the company financially. Not sure if this will affect sales, but I would be willing to bet the delay will, even if it's a small effect.

McGregor
McGregor

@Pierce_Sparrow  Sounds like Blizzard does it right. When they are asked, they say, "When it's ready."

StHapns247
StHapns247

"But will it come out in 2014?"

Screw you for writing that right after "If there is a choice between time and quality, then quality will win,"

good_snuggles
good_snuggles

Bulltet and Grenade microtransactions inbound!

enoslives7
enoslives7

I have a feeling this game may suck compared to GTA5.

daviz88
daviz88

GTA fan , what did you expect?

noigel
noigel

@Gazz_mann @enoslives7 Why compare them? Because they are the same kind of game.

Gazz_mann
Gazz_mann

@enoslives7  Why are you comparing it? They are 2 different games. Yes they share the sandbox model, But its not called GTA watchdogs. Treat it as it is, Watchdogs not GTA

warriors30
warriors30

I've lost all my personal hype for Watch Dogs but The Devision is still one of my most anticipated games...please don't fu#! it up.

Boogy32
Boogy32

@warriors30 
Why did you loose your personal hype for Watch Dogs? Is it because of the delay?

Ali_Asif
Ali_Asif

@warriors30  Sad. I never lost mine and if you haven't seen the "welcome to Chicago trailer", the Nvidia trailer or even the fact that your hype was solely for the graphics instead of the gameplay, I pity you friend. Besides when GTA V was delayed fans were disappointed and lost a bit of their hype, but when it came out, it was a smash. Same could turn out for Watch Dogs you know.

jackzor123
jackzor123

Quality should always take precedent over time... I get a bit disappointed when something I'm looking forward to gets delayed but I'd rather be slightly disappointed than thoroughly fucked off when I spend £45-50 on a bag of shit

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

And yet Ubi are still perfectly fine pumping out AC every year. Contradiction much?

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

@fede018 In all fairness, they're not without their glitches, and something 'working' should be the standard, it should NOT be deserving of merit.

kyelo
kyelo

"but if there is a choice between time and quality, then quality will win." said no Battlefield or COD developer ever.

krystyla
krystyla

they should delay all AC titles by a year

Ali_Asif
Ali_Asif

@krystyla  They need to stop rushing and recycling like COD and Battlefield

hardeddie
hardeddie

Yes its obvious the improvement in quality since the bait & switch at E3. Quality indeed, for your wallet that is.

Delays are usually planned. You create hype, announce a false release date, delay it, pretending that you need to improve it when actually the game was still in Alpha. You get away for creating hype surrounding the game. Some of us know this strategy ,

godhand1942
godhand1942

@hardeddie  Actually in the world of programming, delays are inevitable because a couple of months ago you cannot predict the type of annoying pestering bugs that come out and become incredibly hard to solve. Having a hard release date is always impossible to have and frankly they should stop doing it.

insloanwetrust
insloanwetrust

Then when you read between the lines you see that they are really saying "The Division will be delayed until 2015 so we can improve the game"