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Sony 'working with Ubisoft' to manage Watch Dogs PS4 bundle pre-orders

Sony has said that it is working with Ubisoft and its retail partners while it considers how best to handle pre-orders placed for the Watch Dogs PlayStation 4 bundle. (PS4, Watch Dogs)

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xHeavYx  +   851d ago
Maybe they will offer a voucher for the game when it releases, that way people won't have to wait to get a PS4, since they are mostly sold out
Seraphemz  +   851d ago
Thing is people are still going to get pissed because they wont have a game to play right away..they will complain that they paid for the bundle.. and now they have to buy another game.

Most people would have done that anyway, but this gives them something to complain about.
black0o  +   851d ago
complaining it's in our nature
Blaze929  +   851d ago
"Most people would have done that anyway"

people, just lost out on a chance to get a PS4 this holiday. And you think they don't have the right to complain?
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KwietStorm  +   851d ago

How do you figure people lost out on a PS4? You're assuming their pre order is outright canceled immediately without any workaround from amazon? It was a bundle. The PS4 is still releasing on time. That means amazon still has their PS4 console ordered. WORST case scenario these people get their PS4 shipped, and are given a refund on the price, like amazon is known for anyway.
Eonjay  +   851d ago
I'm not too pissed. Crap happens. As long as they make me whole, I will be happy.
sackboyhappy  +   851d ago
There's always free to play games :)
extermin8or  +   851d ago
Tbf ASDA outright cancelled my preorder because my delivery address was where im living for uni and my billing address my actual home where my parents live and i return at holidays.... as it stands they said they'd sort it and give me another preorder code so i can remake my order but im yet to get it and it's been several days, my moneys stuck in 'holding' so it's in my account but i can't use it for like another 7 working days.... so not getting watch dogs with a ps4 should be the least of peoples concerns-want to know who is pissed off atm? ME! I doubt anywhere will outright cancel peoples orders-save maybe ASDA....
mikeslemonade  +   851d ago
Easy.. Just interchange the game Watch Dogs with Killzone: Shadow Fall.
badz149  +   850d ago
After Rayman Legends and now this? WTF Ubisoft? Everybody in their right mind knows this is money related decision, can you at least announce it much earlier and not less than a month prior to release? Enough with your "technical" BS excuse already! After Rayman, no one should be dumb enough to think that you are actually being honest!
rainslacker  +   850d ago
No matter what happens, not everyone is going to be happy. You can't please everyone, particularly when you give them the sounding board of the internet to say how the world will end unless X happens and Y does something miraculous and unheard of.
DJMarty  +   850d ago
@Seraphemz - Ther are tons of Free-2-play PS4 games available at launch off PSN.

I'd rather have Watchdogs when ready, the launch and be crap.
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Xsilver  +   851d ago
Really ubisoft you brought this game at every single event hyped it to the point of no return and then you hit us with a delay -_- am not gonna sugarcoat it i'm pissed royally pissed i hope they fix those watch dog bundles so people still get their PS4.
azshorty2003  +   851d ago
They even had it at NY Comic Con this weekend. And they acted like everything was cool. They were giving stuff to people who pre ordered right there at the show.

Kind of dirty.
talhat2  +   851d ago
I would rather have a game that is polished and has no significant bugs, rather than a game that will have a lot of bugs.
Blaze929  +   851d ago
you honestly believe that excuse they gave for the delay?
skept3k  +   851d ago
Even if you pre-ordered a PS4 + Watch Dogs bundle, and learn that you won't receive either now?

I doubt you'd be saying the same thing.
Eonjay  +   851d ago

I highly doubt that is going to happen. I preordered that bundle but I'm 100% sure I will be getting my console.
JetsFool3500  +   850d ago
Thats total bs doesnt take 3+ months to polish a game
abc1233  +   850d ago
@Blaze929: Ok, so what kind of conspiracy theory do you have which would explain why Ubisoft would delay their game and consequently slash $600k off their sales predictions?
Kaizin514  +   851d ago
It'll get fixed, don't worry. If there is one thing Sony has done right so far, it's been customer service. Hell, you might get a free year of PS+ for the delay, you never know. But as many people said, I think you'll likely get a voucher for the game and you will be able to download at launch or even still get a physical copy.
Studio-YaMi  +   851d ago
Don't think anyone will be getting anything for free from Sony since this is Ubi's fault and not Sony.

If anything,Ubi will have a voucher code so that you can download the game for free when it's released & maybe throw in something extra like a skin or game cash.
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Campy da Camper  +   851d ago
I don't see how Sony can't just ship the bundle minus the game and in its place have a voucher for it. I'd be pissed to no end if they cancelled the bundle as well and that was my only preorder unit.

Crap I'd have a total meltdown.
Kaizin514  +   851d ago

True, while this is Ubi's fault, it does involve Sony's system, so I wouldn't be surprised if Sony tried to sweeten the apology by giving away PS+ memberships. Though yea, I guess this is unlikely but I wouldn't be surprised if it did happen.

@Campy da Camper

I do think this is what will happen. Sony will ship you the console separately and Ubi will offer a voucher. Seems to be the most likely win-win scenario to come if it. Win-win definitely meaning you still get your game, unfortunately despite the delay. I don't think people will get screwed, it will get resolved nicely, me thinks.
hellzsupernova  +   851d ago
This! It is insane that they delay it now and by half a year, they must have known for a while they were not going to be ready
iWishTifaWasReal  +   850d ago
the only reason they delayed this is to get more profit.

keep in mind AC4 release date is not that far off to Watch Dog's. They wanna focus with AC4 sales first.
Arcanine  +   851d ago
they should reduce the price of the people that already paid or just give them kill zone Shadowfall if ppl agree with it.
beepbopadoobop  +   850d ago
I got a phonecall from the store I pre ordered the other day asking to confirm which bundle I wanted, Im glad I went for the Killzone one! Phew!
GentlemenRUs  +   851d ago
Offer people another game to say sorry but give the people effected Watch_Dogs for free when it comes out.

Though it is kinda disgusting how Ubisoft can do this a month away from launch(In america, UK has to wait till the 29th)...
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admiralvic  +   851d ago
"Though it is kinda disgusting how Ubisoft can do this a month away from launch(In america, UK has to wait till the 29th)..."

Ubisoft was in a catch 22 situation and people need to understand and respect this.

Option 1) You get a version of the game they think needs roughly 6 months of work before releasing it. This not only means the games value will be less, but it's impossible to say if you would even WANT it as is.
Option 2) The game gets delayed, but you arguably get a better quality product.

The funny thing is how quickly people forget Rayman Legends, which got a similar an equally random last minute delay for a huge span of time. Morale of the story... don't preorder Ubisoft games or at least expect them to release on time.
Campy da Camper  +   851d ago
Except I don't buy the excuse its delayed for tecnical reasons. I think the knew it would be pushed back a while ago to allow acbf to sell yet they mum the word to collect preorders. It should have gone gold in the next week. They just realized the game needed work? I highly doubt it.
KwietStorm  +   851d ago
Or option 3, people stop with this whole "delay equals better game" thing and open your eyes. This is not anything new in the slightest. Games get pushed out the holiday season every.single.year, and it's usually because of competition (money). Games ship with bugs all the time. No amount of extra work is going to guarantee a glitch free experience. It's the nature of software. Let's also not ignore Assassin's Creed, their huge and eestablished franchise has a sequel coming out at the same time. Just be realistic.
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rainslacker  +   850d ago
Here's the thing.

In game development, they know about how long it will take to have the game go gold. This game should be going gold right now, if not 2-3 weeks ago. This is particularly true if it was being bundled with the system might be different.

Ubisoft as the publisher and developer knew full well this game wasn't going to be ready for launch at least a month ago. Maybe they had high hopes, and the development team has been in crunch mode for quite some time, but there is no way, this close to release, that they suddenly found a technical issue that wasn't known for quite some time. Game development on this scale just does not work like that. The only way it could throw them for a loop is if the technical issue was found by Sony or MS during the certification process, in which case it could definitely delay the game, but even then, a flaw of that nature would have been found well in advance of 1 month prior to release.

Now, if they just decided that the game wasn't up to their standards then fine, delay it and make it better. I'm OK with that, and in the long run, people won't really remember the delay if the game is good. But citing a technical issue? One that takes 6 months to rectify at this late stage in development when they would be in the polish stage? It just doesn't track.

The more likely scenario is that they felt it would sell better, and not affect AC4 sales if they delayed it. They did it with Rayman Legends, so it's not so hard to believe they would do it with this.
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jay2  +   851d ago
Give them another game and a download code/voucher to get a boxed copy!
tristanwerbe  +   851d ago
Simple put AC4 in it
-Foxtrot  +   851d ago
What if those people don't like AC4 or don't want it.

They pre ordered the WatchDogs bundle for a reason you play on WatchDogs
tristanwerbe  +   851d ago
tough luck that's life, unless they could work it out another way which is hard to see
WeAreLegion  +   851d ago
What a horrible business tactic that would be... I'm sure they'll just let us remove the game and/or replace it with the game of our choice.
Goro  +   851d ago
That would be one of the worst business decisions ever...they would be sued by so many people.
N4Flamers  +   851d ago
While I'm saddened about the delay because I had the game pre ordered I would rather have a delay than a buggy game. I guess im just getting killzone at launch.
WeAreLegion  +   851d ago
I'm glad Sony actually replied. Freaking Ubisoft, itself, isn't talking yet.
IIC0mPLeXII  +   851d ago
I should of got the knack bundle this is fucking horse shit.
Destrania  +   851d ago
Whatever happens, Sony needs to get PS4's on launch day to people who pre-ordered this bundle no matter what. Whether they offer another bundle or just the console itself. Stupid Ubisoft.
Campy da Camper  +   851d ago
And that is the big mystery. Had this been a standalone game, OK. It sucks but whatever. However, if people who preorded the bundle do not get a ps4 at launch then that is total crap. I am so glad my paranoid ass choose to do console only and preirder games separately. I always see weird stuff like this happen to folks and I want none of it lol
Destrania  +   851d ago
That's what I did too.
vigilante_man  +   851d ago
Same here. More because I can get the games cheaper at stores on day 1.

But bad news. And no way to treat customers. This will hurt Watch Dogs. The hype was partly due to being new with next gen. This will fade.
rainslacker  +   850d ago
Was this an official Sony bundle or one made up by retailers that just sell the game and console together in separate packaging? We don't have any official bundles here in the US.
Vanna  +   851d ago
I had ordered 2 of these bundles i would be happy to see ac4 replaced instead.

As for the delay, again i am fine with that if it means a much better game, it probably helped gta to what they might of released.

Sony will come up with something worthwhile for those of us on this bundle :)
TheFallenAngel  +   851d ago
I have the watchdog bundle pre ordered. Give me FIFA or killzone instead.
USMC43  +   851d ago
This is bullshit. Clearly Ubi did this for financial gain. They didn't want to release their two big IP's on the same day, so they pushed WD back to maximize profits. You really think the game isn't done/gone gold? You really think they didn't know the game was unreleasable this close out? They were probably ready to manufacture the discs and the share holders said no way. FUCK UBISOFT you greedy shitbags.
Lboogieskells  +   851d ago
RyanShutup  +   851d ago
^^^ Truth
bub16  +   851d ago
downgrade the person to just the console or a choice of another bundle. what else can you do when the game has been delayed over 6 months
Lboogieskells  +   851d ago
Now Sony has to take the heat for Ubisofts decision. I had no intention of buying this game, but I can empathize with the gamers that are looking forward to it.
Bowzabub  +   851d ago
Add 1 year of PS+ and in return have Ubisoft add WDs to IGC after 6-9 months (after their Initial sales dwindle). Sound fair?
WeAreLegion  +   851d ago
Yeah, that sounds fair. :) I'd go for that.
insomnium2  +   850d ago
Nah. Why should Sony give plus out for free for Ubi's mistake?
Campy da Camper  +   851d ago
Losing the game itself isn't so bad. The question is are those bundles now gone, too? If so and Sony cannot reconfigure the orders people could gain plus for a year but for their ps3. I'd be super pissed Lol.
reko  +   850d ago
2 years not one year of ps plus.
WeAreLegion  +   851d ago
Replacing it with DC Universe Online DLC and might not even get Watch_Dogs new.
TheOneEyedHound  +   851d ago
More sales for Killzone:SF. they will probably let you choose any other game.
KingKevo  +   851d ago
I guess all that (most, pretty certain almost all) people want is to get the PS4 at the that that Watch_Dogs was supposed to launch, so yeha, Sony has to find a way to give these people their PS4. They have to give retailers extra units and the retailer has to inform every customer if he/she wants another bundle or a stand-alone console. They should get it done, even if that would mean that they have to use some of the units they were saving for retail.
AbortMission  +   851d ago
Wow I wonder how they're going to handle these bundle preorders because it would sure suck major cock-a-doodle-doo to have your PS4 delayed until 2014 Lol
JediDiah  +   851d ago
Sony fumbles?
evilhasitsway  +   850d ago
they will either refund or make ac4 black flag bundle since its a ubi game. this is why i dont buy bundles just get the system and order what i games i want its the same price basically i dont mind spending the extra like $10 if you buy it serparte anyway.
rainslacker  +   850d ago
You don't buy bundles because of this? Has this ever happened in the history of bundled game releases? Maybe for retailer bundles...but official bundles?
evilhasitsway  +   850d ago
no because stuff like this can possibley happen that's why. and usually bundles are released after the game comes out not on launch not saying bundles like this doesn't happen on launch just not usually its a new gen system with new gen games anything can happen. that's all I ment by saying that. I mean really whats the difference between buying a bundle like that or buying serparte about 10 dollars just to stay on the safe side that's why I didn't order a bundle I just preordered all my stuff serparte I don't mind spending the extra bucks to know that I wont get screwed like that see now I just got to my gamestop and cancle watchdogs and get something else. while people who did order that bundle has to worry about what they are or aren't getting.
evilhasitsway  +   850d ago
and i want to point out this is no way a sony fault xbox guys/gals this is just ubi fault.
Bolts  +   850d ago
The reasoning for this delay is highly suspect be it technical or business, the fans deserve a more detailed explanation.
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shivvy24  +   850d ago
See ac4 and watchdogs were releasing on the same time, this would have hurt their sales so they pushed wd back
Bolts  +   850d ago
As if they couldn't see this coming months ago...
insomnium2  +   850d ago

Maybe they expected a delay for one of those games but it never happened? Now they have to force a delay. Had they delayed earlier the worst case scenario would've been that the only game they had for launch would've been delayed for some reason and they wouldn't have had a single game for launch. That's my opinion on this. Doing things like this assured that they have a game for launch when it has a good chance of getting good to great sales.

Look at Resistance FOM for example. It's a great game no doubt but it got more sales due to lack of games by launch. Same with the first Motorstorm.
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Ashunderfire86  +   850d ago
I am glad I never went for a bundle, when I first preordered the PS4. I use some Amazon gift card discounts towards my PS4, which went down to $236 dollars. I am thinking of preordering the games on Amazon, or just rent/buy from gamefly, and still only pay that $236 dollars.
CocoWolfie  +   850d ago
i think a lot of people were waiting for this specifically, now the light seems a little dimmer :/ hopefully they address what theyre doing soon, and hopefully they release at the beginning of march (which i assume is the beginning of spring) a long with dark souls 2 and infamous a few days before.
Soldierone  +   850d ago
I'm going to be mad if all these people get "downgraded" to the standard console alone. I wanted that, but they were supposedly "sold out" and had to get stuck with a bundle.
Jsoc  +   850d ago
It sucks that the game got delayed, at first I was going to get the bundle of Watchdogs and thought about if it gets delayed because of what happened to Rayman.... , so I chose to get everything separate ... I preordered PS4 by itself , Watchdog, Killzone , Ac4, Knack, Call of Duty, BF4, Need for speed, Lego Marvel Super Heros... And I just finished paying for it full, ..... But out of all the Games Watchdogs was going to be the game I really wanted to play first ...... I don't really believe the reasons the gave for the delay.... But what can you do..... I'm pretty sure that everyone that ordered a Watchdog Bundle on PS4 or Xbone will get the Console.... On day one.... So I hope that it works out for everyone .....
MadforitUK  +   850d ago
I preorder the console with BF4, Watchdogs and KZ. Just went to see what they said and the retailer is saying they are discussing the options and will contact me when they know what they are going to do.

They state not to cancel as that will lose my place which I would not do anyway so console and others games still confirmed for release.
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. Why not simply put up a site that allows anybody who pre ordered the bundle to go to it and choose from a variety of options of what to do with their bundle like:

1. Offer The Console only and discount the price that Watch Dogs would cost.
2. Choose from a list of all Day 1 games that are releasing for the PS4 to replace the game.
3. Offer a voucher for the game if the buyer is okay with waiting and in the meantime add something else.
4. Offer to add PS+ to the bundle and replace it with Watch Dogs so they can have Games to play like DriveClub or others Day 1.

This way, everyone can have a choice and nobody has to go with a decision made that may only make a few customers happy and rest mad(Like adding AC4 and replacing WD) Not all may like AC4.
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