Watch Dogs release date announced for everything except Wii U

Leaked trailer confirms May 27 release date for open-world action game on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC; Wii U version coming later.

[UPDATE] The May 27 release date for Watch Dogs is now officially confirmed by Ubisoft. That date pertains to the console and PC versions of the game, not Wii U.That version is coming sometime later.

The original story is below.

Ubisoft today announced that its much-touted open-world action game Watch Dogs will launch on May 27. That date pertains to the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC versions. The Wii U iteration will come sometime later, though a specific date was not mentioned. The news comes from a trailer leaked on Xbox.com [clicking will initiate a download].

Watch Dogs was originally expected to launch back in November 2013 as a launch title for the Xbox One and PS4. Sony even prepared a special-edition Watch Dogs PS4 launch bundle, which it would later need to rescind.

But Ubisoft would delay the game in October to spring 2014. The delay, Ubisoft said, was an "intense decision," but ultimately the right one so the game could have expanded appeal, according to CEO Yves Guillemot.

When Watch Dogs does launch, it is expected to sell around 6 million copies, about the same figure as the original Assassin's Creed in 2007. For more on Watch Dogs, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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boringdork
boringdork

Games that come out on 360/PS3 AND X1/PS4 scream that they're not really utilizing the new consoles potential, and even suggest that they're holding back to keep ports on the older systems.

This is a truly terrible thing for gamers... stop lining the pockets and make truly awesome games for the new generation.

dragpmage
dragpmage

How to put this, the game looks interesting, the graphics looks awful compared to the previous, except if the actual gameplay quality would be batter than the videos, now that would be a new one, but i don't think so, so they probably reduced the graphic drastically because it was enormous, although i could have played it from mid to high quality. If they did so and for this reason was the game delayed than they are probably more-on-s. Well no matter what, i already preorderd the game and i'm waiting for it, but if i compare bioshock infinite and this and the system requirements, well i don't really understand for what the heck that hardware, that game really, i mean really looks awesome on pc on max settings at least better than this and with still a very affordable hardware requirement. Well i will find out on may 27 or whenever my retailer will send a copy.

c0nform84
c0nform84

Sell out multi platform whores. You delayed the game to make more money ? Enjoy the game getting hacked to shit like GTA did \ is.

hochstreck
hochstreck

*yawn* 

Seriously, what person with taste in Video Games or taste in general is interested in this formulatic, pseudo-realistic and pretentious looking AAA-Game?


I have enough of games created for juveniles, which consider themselves "grown up". I am not going to buy this game.


The announcement of Swords & Soldiers 2 for the Wii-U is by far more exciting news to me.

yienwae
yienwae

I will wait for the Wii U version.  I am fine with the delay.  I do not have to have it first in order to enjoy it.  :)

tjoeb123
tjoeb123

"everything except Wii U"


So there's Vita and 3DS versions as well?  Oh, how about iOS?  Or Android?  Ouya?  Oculus Rift?

CTR360
CTR360

finaly may i buy ps4 with watch dogs 

miazwhano
miazwhano

Are they planning to release the game on Mac as well?

Navardo95
Navardo95

Well the graphics looks like it got a MASSIVE downgrade,although shitty graphics will definitely not be the reason that will decide my purchase for this game but technically speaking this looks crap and even if you consider the PS3/X360 it still looks average visually... Truth to be told GTA V on the PS3 looks visually light years better than this..

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

Who needs watch dogs when you got Donkey Kong:Tropical Freeze? Haha. Ubisoft is kinda saying here that the Wii U is not a priority, because it's install base is tiny and it's technically crippled compared to the big 2.

dpclark
dpclark

Ever increasing gratuitous violence...  Someone please bring back Splinter Cell Chaos Theory where good guys were not maniac killers.

fox_fury
fox_fury

I guess they need more time to downscale the game for the inferior WiiU hardware ;)

billlabowski
billlabowski

PC- 4k if you have the hardware, unlimited framerate.

PS4-1080p 30fps

Xbox One- 960p 30fps



Wow, so next gen.

dragpmage
dragpmage

@c0nform84  well even though the game broke all records and blah blah, the biggest achievement would be selling more than a few hundred thousands copies of it on pc, i already watched the game walkthrough on youtube it was good and all but never gonno buy it , not after gta 4, thought after seeing the gta 4 all the way through i would enjoy playing it myself, well i was wrong, i tried it, twice, couldn't get myself to finish it after knowing the end, it's just isn't the same anymore, it's spoils everything, at least this is how i feel, it's like wasting my time on something which i already know how it ends. 

dragpmage
dragpmage

@tjoeb123  they probably thought, major platforms, they just forgot to share it with us.

Elem187
Elem187

Are you sure... Look at the latest trailer. They downgraded the visuals significantly on PS4. It looks no better than an uprezzed PS3 game...... Welcome to "next gen"

Ganados0
Ganados0

@Navardo95  What we saw previously two years ago was running on hardware more powerful then PS4 was ever going to be.

MN121MN
MN121MN

@Navardo95  Agreed. Graphics looks nothing compared to previous showings, though we can't say if it was intentional or just the maximal capacity of the graphics..


But if the gameplay is big, then graphics don't matter as much...

Navardo95
Navardo95

Far as I know,95% of the cross-gen games trailers,gameplay videos etc. are always based on next-gen builds and I would like to assume the recent was running on newer hardware yet still looks worse than some PS3/X360 titles..

If that trailer was based on the PS4/PC/XONE versions then PS3/X360 versions will definitely look like GTA:San Andreas lol.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

It seems as though it's not a priority for them. Quite frankly ubisoft is one of the few 3rd party companies still producing for the wii u.

gamerfreak77
gamerfreak77

@fox_fury  That's why the PS4/X1 versions have received massive graphical downgrades. So much for these so-called powerful next- gen systems LOL!!! I'll wait for Wii U version with added GamePad support which will at least make the gameplay better.

Navardo95
Navardo95

@billlabowski  PC sociopaths strike again...

*Before the release of PS4* 

PC gamers: "OMG 1080P bitches! Glorious Master Race!!!!!"

*2.3 milli seconds after the release of PS4*

PC gamers: "LOL 1080p!!!! das so ten yurs old lol"

boringdork
boringdork

@dragpmage  Why would you ever watch a game all the way through???

It's not a movie...

mikz_nyc
mikz_nyc

@Elem187  People still use the phrase " next gen"?,Does anybody realize PS4 Xbox 1 and Wii U are not "next gen" anymore,they're out already so that makes them current gen,next gen will be in future IF (and i mean a huuuge IF) we get to have another.

Elem187
Elem187

Agreed.... Ubisoft built the game around a mid range PC and Sony/Microsoft under delivered with lackluster hardware that barely rivals a low end gaming PC...... So Ubisoft had to massively and significantly downgrade the visuals to get the game to run on these tablet CPU's

fox_fury
fox_fury

@gamerfreak77  I agree with canuckbiker. Your statement makes no sense in the context of my comment. I was talking about the inferior WiiU hardware compared to x1 and ps4. You can be sure that the delay is related to the gimmike gamepad and the outdated hardware of the WiiU. ;)

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Your statement makes no sense. How is next gen a massive downgrade? They're on par with most mid range PC'. PC' will have better details and of course physx, but they will look and play far better than a wii u version minus the gimmike gamepad that draws you out of the immersion.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Depends on how many monitors you want, but that tech ain't cheap, especially if you want it to last for a number of years down the gaming road.

dragpmage
dragpmage

@mikz_nyc @Elem187  most of the people use the "next gen" phrase cuz they don't own one or just because the majority still uses a xbox 360 or ps3, i didn't have any of those and neither will i buy a "next gen" the pc is more than enough for internet films work and games. So no, since there is no console which could fill all of this i have to pass on them, but back to the game, it really does look a hell of a lot more "polished" , can't wait to find out if they really "polished" the Xrap out of it. hope not.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Mentally, yes he his. A virgin for life as well.

fox_fury
fox_fury

@abHS4L88 @fox_fury @gamerfreak77  Well since everyone seems to call the WiiU "next gen" Im comparing it to x1 and ps4 and not with the last gen x360 and ps3. ;)
You cant bend the truth. The WiiU is underpowered and the games need to be scaled down for its outdated hardware.
There will be a time (a few years form now) that MS and Sony will retire x360 and ps3 and most of the developers wont scale down their games anymore to fit weaker hardware than x1 and ps4. By this time Nintendo have to release a new console or stick only to first party games. ;) 

The Wii phenomenon has passed. The casuals are all playing on phones and tablets. If Nintendo cant offer something to hardcore gamers they wont be able to keep up only on their fanbase. ;)

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@fox_fury @gamerfreak77

Yet your comment makes no sense either since the game is also coming out on the 360/PS3. IF it was only next gen consoles, then your comment might make sense but the fact that this is a cross gen game invalidates that.

fox_fury
fox_fury

@noncasualgamer  LOL do you even read? Im not talking about gamepads and gimmicks. Im talking about the underpowered WiiU with its outdated hardware compared to x1 and ps4. ;)

noncasualgamer
noncasualgamer

Inferior? I didn't know the FPS4 had a good gamepad.....like, ever............. .............seriously, E......V.......A......R.....

chev9342
chev9342

@canuckbiker It's so funny how trolls like you know someone much about the Wii U without owning one. 


Now take the walk of shame, troll. U lose.

Elem187
Elem187

Go back and re-watch the latest trailer bud.... That's the PS4 version and all of the dynamic lighting was removed. It looks flat and lifeless now..... What we saw at E3 was running on a midrange PC... The hardware in the PS4 is more low end than anything. A simple $150 GPU will run circles around the PS4. Sony and Microsoft WAYYYYY under delivered on horsepower and this massive downgrade by Ubisoft is the result.

It's in the trailer. The PS4 version is nothing more than an uprezzed PS3 game now.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Ah, they pulled an old aliens: colonial marines. You can bet the version they show you is the PC one, because that's what they build the games on, so they probably didn't show actual gameplay at the E3 demo.

gamerfreak77
gamerfreak77

@canuckbiker  It's causing a big up-roar over the internet. Looks nowhere near as good as the E3 Demo from last year.

chipface-z
chipface-z

@canuckbiker I think I'll be fine with 1680X1050 on PC.  I can always get a 1080p monitor anyways.