Ubisoft: Watch Dogs delay allows game to have "far bigger potential"

CEO Yves Guillemot says by delaying the game one month before release, open-world title can reach a wider audience.

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Some may be upset over Ubisoft's decision to delay Watch Dogs into 2014, but according to CEO Yves Guillemot, the extra development time will allow the open-world game to potentially reach a much wider audience.

"In fact, we playtested the game until the last minute. With the most relevant information in hand, the decision was the most relevant to take. What we saw in the playtests is that we were very close to the quality we wanted, but not exactly at the level," Guillemot said about Watch Dogs during a conference call this week.

"We thought that with more time we could give it a far bigger potential," he added. "So we think the best way to take care of this brand is to make sure it has everything it can be supplied to the customers that are expecting it."

As a result of Ubisoft's delay of Watch Dogs and The Crew this week, the company downgraded its financial projections for the financial year.

Ubisoft expects Watch Dogs to sell around 6 million units when it is released in spring 2014. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

80 comments
okiemo49
okiemo49

Well, too ME, this is just another effort to console the console owners and piss on the PC gamers!  I doubt that a delay of a few months would make that much difference and justify the extra monies Ubisoft will have to shell out to their workers during the delay.  How much can they improve a game in a few months?  Are they bringing in magicians?  There goes my son and grandson's xmas present.  Happy friggin New Year!  It is always about the $.  Ubisoft figured they will make more money delaying the game for the new gen consoles and will rack up more pre-orders. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I love all the unbridled Ubisoft hate and libel " Fuck you your glitchy games suck!" "How dare you take extra time to try to improve them!"


Pathetic sheep.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I'm pleased. This means I don't have to cancel my collector's edition pre-order and gives me more money in my pocket this month.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

"reach a wider audience"

Why do these 4 words exist.

JBStone1981
JBStone1981

Again, this is the company that releases a buggy-as-fuck Assassin's Creed game every year without fail or delay. How atrocious must this game have been for them to actually push it back?

Primeyuri
Primeyuri

 "very close to the quality we wanted, but not exactly at the level," Guillemot said". with ubisoft that level is probably like the level of the last assassin creeds. makes you wonder if the hype is not too much.

lucek29
lucek29

They better Keep their Words, I was looking forward to this since the first time E3 2011. 

They gotta do it better than AC. Some people still like that game, but for me. it getting old now. 

fmedkid
fmedkid

ok ok ok nuff with the bs, can we have the real reason

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

GTAV couldn't have scared them that much, could it?

Findy37564
Findy37564

............"potential"? or u just screw up? 

drankin06
drankin06

They need to add more day one DLC 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

The delay however is a smack in the face. Thanks Ubisoft.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Maybe Ubisoft will also include helicopters with this delay. 

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

Im perfectly fine if a delay makes the final product better. So long as it does not follow in Duke Nukems steps 

zintarr
zintarr

Kinda hard to release an open world game so soon after GTA5.

alaindc
alaindc

So, my theory....

Ubisoft decide to wait 6 months to make more money from the game, with a bigger console install base.

But...Sony and Microsoft ask them to wait...to annonce it (for preorder).

So they annonce it...only one month before release.

SurfaceNerd
SurfaceNerd

This game doesnt look that good, i dont understand people, its just about a guuy with a cool phone app

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

'Ubisoft: Watch Dogs delay allows game to have "far bigger potential"'

It certainly gives my wallet a far bigger potential.

billlabowski
billlabowski

You know what? BULSHIT. It's just sitting there getting debugged a little bit because they're scared of losing money because of GTA, AC4, BF3...CoD. Too bad it backfired.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

id rather they delay the game a little longer to give it a little more spit and polish.

endorbr
endorbr

This announcement coming so close to the original release date smacks of: "We intended to do this as of several months ago but didn't tell the public because we wanted this announcement to damage next gen console pre-orders as little as possible."

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

"open-world title can reach a wider audience."

Oh, They Need to dumb it down some more and take out everything that would have made it innovative.  

 I understand. 


The New Game will be entitled  Call of Watch Dogs: Modern Hacking.  With Hacking Dogs and Fish.


DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

I'm glad they're doing this. If they have more time to polish the game then I think that's great. And with the swarm of games I would love to get in November, this just makes it easier for me to pick it up. Anybody who says they're doing this just to boost ACIV sales is stupid. Do you know how much it costs to pay the team to develop the game for 6 more months? A lot.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

I'm okay with waiting 5 or 6 more months for the game, if you say it's going to be awesome, but God may have mercy on your souls if you mess this up.

Juan1988
Juan1988

I think this was the best thing to do for Ubisoft. They can polish the game and avoid gamer rage and they can probably boost the sales of Assasin Creed. A lot of the hyped people might be pissed right now, but hey, better this than paying $60 for a broken game, right?

BankAMG
BankAMG

I don't even want this game anymore! in spring 2014 the ps4 wiil have plenty games, maybe even gta5. I was just getting this game because it seemed to be the best out of all the launch lineups.

ewjiml
ewjiml

"In fact, we playtested the game until the last minute. With the most relevant information in hand, the decision was the most relevant to take. What we saw in the playtests is that we were very close to the quality we wanted, but not exactly at the level."

In the playtests, there were:

-Floating cars

-Teleporting NPCs whose pathfinding was laughable

-Game-breaking bugs

-Skyscrapers to climb with carts of hay at the bottom, to unlock portions of the map. 

Yes Ubisoft, we know your standards of quality are not very high. 

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Just admit it, the letters G T and A scared ya.

captain_cy_kun
captain_cy_kun

Keep trying to spin this as anything other than horrible planning and not being able to meet your commitments, Ubisoft. You're full of crap and you should maybe remember this next time you have the genius idea to release all your new games in the same month. 

Mista4oewun4oe
Mista4oewun4oe

I really feel like the timing of the announcement was bad, just weeks before the consoles launch. However if Ubisoft had announced this in advance I don't think the disappointment would have been as bad. That being said I appreciate them  for wanting to give the game more polish. :)  

bouchart
bouchart

If delaying a game meant "far bigger potential" then Duke Nukem Forever should have been the game of the decade.

NoSoul81
NoSoul81

This shows to me the game is done they're only delaying it because they think they'll get more sales out of it.

96augment
96augment

@SIDEFX1 It's just a couple of months. Is it really that big a deal?

Lhomity
Lhomity

@SIDEFX1  Ouch. I'm actually grateful that they're taking extra time and care with it. Better that, than them releasing it as planned when it isn't polished enough.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@alaindc The delay costs more money for them. A further six months in development could set them back in the tens of millions. My theory is they simply aren't happy enough with how the game plays right now, and want to spend more time polishing it. They will probably sell more copies on current-gen systems than on next-gen anyway.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

@SurfaceNerd For someone who claims to be all and the end of all, you sure as hell don't know anything.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@billlabowski  You do realize that a delay like this is likely to cost at least tens of millions of dollars, right?

reborn007
reborn007

@billlabowski personal opinion but a 6 month delay 30 days before the release date says to me something was found and needs to be rebuilt.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@DamnILoveGames You realize these people all work for Ubisoft in the first place. They aren't contractors or temps that were all brought in - they are staff. Ubisoft has to pay them anyway.

Why does no one comprehend that game developers aren't temporary, random conglomerations of designers who fall apart the day a game is shipped? These people work full time.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@BankAMG Not really, it'll have about 2 exclusives and a couple of multiplats.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@bouchart Game of two decades. And delay doesn't automatically = potential. DNF had none from the beginning.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@NoSoul81 Except the delay is likely to cost at least tens of millions of dollars and there's no guarantee their sales would have been better either way.

RedWave247
RedWave247

@NoSoul81 By waiting until after the new system launch AND the Christmas sales rush? How would they get more sales that way?

96augment
96augment

@JBStone1981 @SIDEFX1 It can't hurt the games (in terms of quality). Sales, however, is going to be affected. By how much, who knows? 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@SurfaceNerd @SIDEFX1 You sir are a massive fanboy and everyone knows it, and you shit all over everything. That's what he means.