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Submitted by TransientDreamer 279d ago | news

Ubisoft’s Laurent Detoc: Watch_Dogs Could Have Been the “Best-Rated” Next-Gen Launch Title

David Rodriguez writes, "Watch_Dogs was certainly on my list of “games that will make me buy a console at launch,” and I imagine many others had a similar list. That being said, it was disappointing when Ubisoft announced that the game would be delayed to the Spring of 2014, thus ensuring it would miss the launches of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and the entire 2013 holiday season. Ubisoft’s North American President Laurent Detoc elaborated on what was behind the decision and what he thought of Watch_Dogs‘ potential as a PS4/Xbox One launch title." (PC, PS3, PS4, Watch Dogs, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)

gamernova  +   279d ago
Let's face it, the competition is not even high right now. Being a big fish in a small pond is nice but if you really want to be taken seriously, you have to take on the big fish too.
ovnipc  +   278d ago
I prefer for them to delay it and not be a mess like BF4 that needs like 3 gb in patches.
And better to wait until GTA cools down a little.
gamernova  +   278d ago
True. It feels like gamers are getting "early access betas" instead of actual games.
Kaiou  +   279d ago
But they were still afraid of GTA so they delayed it?
2pacalypsenow  +   279d ago
no it wouldnt cuz it wasnt even Finished/polished EX BF4
CrossingEden  +   278d ago
Just because battlefield 4 wasn't polished doesn't mean that ALL next gen games aren't finished or polished. Just look at AC4, that's an extremely polished game.
2pacalypsenow  +   278d ago
i meant it wouldnt have been if it was released on launch , cuz it wasnt ready
Swiftfox  +   279d ago
I'm not buying the reasoning here.

Call me cynical, but I fear the reason for the delay was to bolster their Q1 performance for 2014 having already met their fiscal goals for Q4 and 2013. The delay would also ensure a greater saturation rate for the next-gen consoles and optimize profits on those machines.
curtis92  +   279d ago
Regardless, more time in the oven never hurt a game. And after whats been going on with BF4, I very much welcome extra time for polish. Look at Driveclub and how much better its looking since its delay.
curtis92  +   279d ago
Good for Ubisoft delaying it and making it a better game. They could've easily lauched what they had and cleaned up nicely in sales between AC4 & WD but they held off and I think WD will be far better for it.
MegaRay  +   279d ago
That what I like in Ubisoft games, quality
colonel179  +   278d ago
It wasn't always like that though. Ubisoft started let gen badly, but they improved a lot recently. They are becoming one of the best developers around. Their games have had very good quality and gameplay.
MegaRay  +   278d ago
@colonel
Better late than never
TheLostCause  +   279d ago
I was really looking forward to this game for launch with AC4 but when it got delayed a month before release my hype literally died, definitely going to be waiting for reviews and videos of this game, I'm suspicious of why they delayed it at such short notice.
AceBlazer13  +   279d ago
This and driveclub being held back pissed me off. What were the chances of the 2 games i wanted being delayed .
Audiggity  +   278d ago
Perhaps you just have good taste. Delays are rarely bad... and most often result in a better product.

Please ignore Duke Nukem Forever & Daikatana...
Phoenix76  +   278d ago
And Aliens:CM
Audiggity  +   278d ago
Thanks Phoenix, I knew I was forgetting a handful.
Eonjay  +   278d ago
Now it will just have to settle with being the highest rated next gen game period.
SlapHappyJesus  +   278d ago
Being that they moved back the release date to the extent they did tells me that might not have been the case.
Visiblemarc  +   278d ago
Raising expectations... I hope it ends up being awesome.
ivan510  +   278d ago
I was sad when i hear watch dogs was delayed:(
Tru_Blu  +   278d ago
In all likely hood they avoided a BF4 fiasco so I applaud them for sacrificing some sales to release a working game. At least I'd hope it is working.
DoesUs  +   278d ago
Pleased they delayed it. Learn from the BF4 fiasco and see what GTAV does better and try to improve on them. Gamers win at the end of the day as we get a more polished experience.
Adolph Fitler  +   278d ago
Watchdogs delay was to avoid GTA, & Driveclubs was to avoid GT. In Driveclubs case, Sony would have had the mentality that PS4 adopters that still had there PS3's would snap up GT, so Driveclub would potentially threaten those sales, & Evolution wouldn't argue, as basically they will be the only racer releasing in Feb-Mar, as there isn't a lot more on the cards, maybe with the exception of Ridge Racer.
chizzy201  +   278d ago
Don't come out now saying "what could have been " let your game do the talking... after all it was same people who delayed the game that are making these comments.
clouds5  +   278d ago
What are they talking about? It's clearly cross-gen.

That comment is like when they said Raymen Legends will be a system seller for WiiU and then a month later it got delayed for half a year to be released with a xbox version... And then it still sold more on the WiiU.
I really like ubisoft games, but I hate that lying in your face marketing bullshit from all the companies!
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Master-H  +   278d ago
The delay is for the greater good in my opinion , better wait a few extra months than have a another BF4 on our hands, and hey who knows maybe they can increase the quality too, plus it will probably sell more now rather than release it after GTA V and with AC4, it's always good for the industry if new creative IPs sell well. We'll wait and see.
Neonridr  +   278d ago
Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda..

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