Submitted by s8anicslayer 279d ago | opinion piece

PS4, Xbox One take "painful body blow" from Watch Dogs delay

Chris Morris looks at the ramifications of Ubisoft's last-minute delay of one of the hottest new IPs in the industry (PS4, Watch Dogs, Xbox One)

stellarock420  +   279d ago
i cant wait till spring this is going to be a grate game look at gta 5 it was delayed look how much it sold.how well its doing it was delayed for the same reason little details fine tuning watch dogs is going to sell just as well.sure the ones who pre ordered the ps4 bundle will have to swap out for something other then watch dogs but they will still get watch dogs when it comes out
Muerte2494  +   279d ago
Let's hope the differences between now and the new release date are easily apparent. If not, they're going to have a hard time justifying the "polish" delay. I just don't like the fact that they're trying to compete with Bungie's Destiny.
Mad Aizen  +   279d ago
I was never BLOWN AWAY by WD's anyway so it doesn't bother me at all. I am getting a ps4 at launch and I think all owners will be just fine w/o WD's at launch lol. i do feel bad tho for those that pre-ordered.

if anything will give the PS4 a small "body blow" at Christmas, it will be GT6 which launches in less than 2 months on the mighty PS3.

PS4 D/L and Physical Media Day One:

Assassin’s Creed Black Flag
Battlefield 4
Call of Duty: Ghosts
Just Dance 2014
Killzone: Shadow Fall
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Madden NFL 25
NBA 2K14
Need for Speed: Rivals
Skylanders: Swap Force

PSN D/L Only:

Basement Crawl
DC Universe
Doki-Doki Universe
Pinball Arcade
Planetside 2
Pool Nation Extreme
Super Motherload
Tiny Brains
War Thunder
minimur12  +   279d ago
To be fair, people shouldn't be too dissapointed about it, being as the free games you get on PS4 is crazy

Blacklight: Retribution
DC Universe Online
War Thunder

I understand how they're not full blown, story, free roam games, and people have every right to be pissed. but if you think of this as a 'sorry' package, its a pretty decent way of saying ' I'm sorry '
Along with whatever reatilers/ubisoft/sony offer aswell
Mad Aizen  +   279d ago
@minimur - don't forget Ace Combat: Infinity
The_Con-Sept  +   278d ago
I heard that the official reason why the delay happened is a cover up. Why? Because the ps4 version performs better than Microsoft's version. The threat of cutting funds is the true reason why they delayed watch dogs on both consoles. They are currently reworking the engine to outperform the ps4 version. Even though the ps4 version is ready to be shipped they held it back to maintain their contract with Microsoft.

Expect to see the ps4 version suddenly get dumbed down because of this.
0ut1awed  +   279d ago
GTA V is supposedly releasing in the spring too. I'll most definitely buy that over watchdogs if that's the case.
MysticStrummer  +   279d ago
I was blown away by Watch Dog's reveal, but over time as more has been shown I've lost nearly all interest. I'd buy GTA5 on PS4 over Watch Dogs also. I may not buy Watch Dogs at all, or at least not until it goes on sale months later.
0ut1awed  +   279d ago
Not sure why so many disagrees.

I only own a PC for gaming currently so I haven't gotten to play GTA V. Would you really suggest me buying WatchDogs over GTA V?
hankmoody  +   279d ago
Looking at both system's launch title lineup, I think the PS4 is taking more of a hit with this development but not by much. At any rate, I'd rather take a delayed and improved game than something rushed out the gate.
InTheLab  +   279d ago
More time devoted to Killzone and I guess I'll have to pick up BF4 as a replacement title. Poor us /s
minimur12  +   279d ago
I'm not too bothered It's been delayed - it was a toss up between AC 4 and WD, and at first I pre-ordered WD but then cancelled and went to AC. (at one time I had both on pre-order.)

Physical games I have pre ordered is pretty bad
Killzone (got the bundle just for release day del., wouldn't ve got it if not - but it's good to try new stuff :D )
AC 4

and I've bought £25 of credit that I'll redeem when I get my PS4, so I don't spend it before hand. thinking of buying more credit to put the icing on the cake :)

everything is paid off though, got it from shopto :)
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NatureOfLogic  +   279d ago
Why not delay AC4 instead?..... oh I forgot, milk is always better than new IP.
Pancit_Canton  +   279d ago
I swear this game is overhyped in a similar fashion like COD. Every time I see or hear about this game, I'm starting to lose interest and beginning to start disliking it. That's just IMO.
skydragoonity  +   279d ago
Whatever the cause of the delay, I'm sure its for the best.
meatysausage  +   279d ago
As much as I wanted this game
There is enough to play I think, especially with PS4 free to Plays
So that softens the blow
bobtheimpaler  +   279d ago
I just don't understand the hype with this game to begin with. Same with Assasins Creed series.

i was more let down by destiny getting delayed.
saber00005  +   279d ago
Well, will you look at that? Chris Morris is quoting himself in the article HE WROTE. It's not a "Painful blow". It sucks, but there are plenty of other games out there that will be fun.
Kleptic  +   279d ago
its why we love gaming 'journalism' haha...

'the ps4 and Xbox one were poised to sell out across the board through the end of 2013...now, with the delay of the 'huge' title Watch Dogs...the ps4 and Xbox one are poised to sell out across the board through the end of 2013'...yes, that hurts...

the only thing it hurts is Ubisoft...
jhoward585  +   279d ago
The decision to delay WD/Crew was a good move by UBI b/c I think UBI didn't expect both games to do so well so soon, especially with the pre orders.

Remember a Good first impression is a lasting one. Both games are new franchise So it make much sense to polish both games a bit more to insure top quality.

I also think both games are going to have lots of DLC/Maps/etc and UBI can squeeze as much money as they can from both franchises if both games are good out the gate.
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DEEBO  +   279d ago
gta5 is the cause of this.rockstar took aging hardware and made a masterpiece with the online in gta.the bar is set so high with open world games now.or the x1 game is not up to par yet.
d0nT wOrrY  +   279d ago
I'm sorry but I beg to differ. GTA Online is plain boring.
djplonker  +   279d ago
I hate ubisoft

hey guys we have 2 games completing with each other in the next gen line up
lets delay the new ip for a game with ALOT of backstory....

I stoped playing ac when they thought they were call of duty bringing out the same game every year until ac3 and that STILL wasnt better than ac1.

ubisoft dropped the ball when watch dogs comes out I will be playing destiny!
hollabox  +   279d ago
I'm not surprised, major launch titles are almost always delayed when next gen consoles launch.
ShinnokDrako  +   279d ago
I wouldn't say it's a body blow... it would be if it became exclusive (one or the other ocnsole), so less people could play it. Or something like that, but a delay? Maybe because i'm used to games delays =P
Noone dies and there are a lot of games to play anyway.
I'd like to know the reasons tho (i hope it's not because it would damage ACIV sales or crap like that).
GirlOnFire  +   279d ago
Watchdogs is too close to Infamous SS and Destiny. Oh well busy months ahead. ^~^'
metalgod88  +   279d ago
Honestly, I feel this was Ubi's fault for pretending like everything was fine the whole time. If they knew the game wasn't going to be finished by November, then why act like everything is just fine? Instead, they've created huge problems for all those people who pre-ordered the PS4/XB1. Normally, pushing back isn't a big deal, but in this case it is. Ubisoft messed up pretty big, and I'm not going to just sit back and say, " Ahh that's fine, I want a game that's finished and polished up." No, it's not really fine.

They straight up lied to the consumer and now look who's paying for it. The consumer. Nice Ubisoft, nice.
spaceg0st  +   279d ago
I agree with the article, with the window between gta and watch dogs being so small, I wasn't really interested in dropping another $60 on the similar open world game/design, even though the initial trailers looked cool. But now I'm more inclined to pick it up since it'll be a little fresher, being delayed.
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eman3d  +   279d ago
Wow, I didn't believe N4G is the home of Sony fans but it seems it's true. Reading your posts are like going to an alcoholics Anonymous meeting. No matter what happens, you guys will spin a positive in Sony's direction and kill Microsoft for anything, It's really pathetic.

Sony's line up is pathetic and you guys know it. The PS4 has KillZone and that's it, all other major games for that system are 3rd party games. As far as the 'free to play' games, who spends nearly $400 on a next gen system to play these low end games???

I've been playing games since Atari 2600 and Sony's PS4 lineup is pretty stale as compared to Xbox One.

I plan on buying both this time around and based on games at launch the Xbox One is ahead of the pack.
WeAreLegion  +   278d ago
It seems N4G is the home of ALL fanboys...
Godlovesgamers  +   278d ago
This game was never a system-seller for me personally.

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