Pachter believes Ubisoft delayed Watch Dogs due to crowded holiday schedule

Michael Pachter is a figure who’s usually at odds with those who love Nintendo, since he typically has terrible predictions for the company. It’s his job to weigh in on the video game industry for investors, so while he may often be wrong, sometimes the things he says make a lot of sense. In a note released yesterday after Ubisoft announced delays to Watch Dogs and poor sales for new titles, Pachter says he believes the delay was caused by strong holiday competition.

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CocoWolfie3508d ago

I believe it was a high selling point for a lot of poeple moving to next gen.. but yeah november is a huge month, when it finally releases (hopefully these months fly) the consoles will be even bigger and the game its self will presumably be even better <3

Dwalls11713508d ago

I do not aggree... watch dogs was the most anticipated next gen title...doesn't matter how crowded

cyguration3507d ago

Doesn't matter... people have limited funds and can't buy everything.

Usually people will buy a next-gen console and a game or two. That means they'll have to decide between Watch Dogs, NFS, Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, Battlefield 4 and maybe a first party exclusive.

While YOU may think that Watch Dogs is more anticipated than those aforementioned games, the reality is that people will have to put off buying one or more games during November, which will substantially hurt the eight-week sales period investors look at for titles... especially new IP.

BigShotSmoov0073507d ago

Completely agree with cyguration. You figure most people will have money for 2 or 3 games the most after they spend either $400 or $500 on the next consoles. If you can the playstaion your going to get Killzone definitely and if you get the XBO your going to figure either getting Ryse or DR3. That leaves 2 games and you know COD, Assassins Creed and Battlefield is on everyones wish list. That pretty much puts Watch Dogs on the back burner until maybe early next year so thats a lose this holiday for Watch Dogs. So it's best to delay it and let Assassins Creed compete with the other two games and have Watch Dogs have a release date and time frame all to itself.

Soldierone3507d ago


And Watch Dogs wasn't the title people were pushing off. Of all the next gen titles, people wanted Watch Dogs, so it was taking one of the two spots. It was even bundled with consoles and was ranked higher than all the other bundles, I think it was a good 10 or 20 spots above BF4/PS4 bundle at one point.

And above all else, November happens EVERY year, and yet publishers still slap a November release date on their new ip's and delay them come September/October. Its getting rather old by now. If you don't want to take the heat, don't attempt to do it to begin with.

gaffyh3507d ago

It's because the realised that with GTAV just releasing, most people wouldn't want to play 2 open world games in November, and knew that Ass Creed, or Watch Dogs would suffer, so they delayed Watch Dogs. I don't know what this means for their partnership with Sony for bundles, but Sony must have had some sort of contract where it stated a penalty for delaying the game. I'm guessing they were debating whether or not it was worth paying the penalty and delaying, or launching both games in November.

Lboogieskells3507d ago

A new IP vs a seasoned veteran IP AC Black Flag: bad situation

Not to mention the titles that have been released and the ones that will during the holidays. I think Ubisoft made a wise decision. It's simple math really, if the demand is spread across a array or wide selection of games. The available funds will spread thin. Ubisoft will release Watchdogs after the supply of new games are low and the demand for new games are high.

guitarded773507d ago

Ubisoft had the most to lose with both Assassin's Creed IV and Watch Dogs coming out at the same time. They both appeal to the same gamer, and AC is expected every Oct-Nov, so they couldn't push it back. I said this before Pachter's dumb ass.

It's just too much money to rick on Ubi's end, to be competing with themselves.

Murad3507d ago

I hate to say it, WD is the last game on my list of 100 games that I need pick up for the PC.

nukeitall3507d ago

That is not true, as mentioned several times consumers has limited time and money. So it will be one or the other for many people.

Also, Ubisoft will do what is best for itself, and pushing next generation console sale isn't their direct agenda. Waiting means larger user base as well, without killing the new ip and launch system anticipation.

It is a sound move for Ubisoft!

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ZHZ903507d ago (Edited 3507d ago )

I believe it is because WD will compete ACIV:BF, and both are from Ubisoft. And Ubisoft wouldn' want their own titles compete each other.

Rainstorm813507d ago (Edited 3507d ago )

Delaying this game 6 months also may have pushed it into another crowded time..but this time more next gen games will give it competition.... like Infamous:SS, The Witcher 3 and TitanFall

One of the advantages of releasing at the launch of a new generation is people are looking for new fresh ips.....Gamers are nostalgic and remember console launches, Watch Dogs could've been that new game everyone was talking about but now I fear it could end up like Alan Wake...a good game overshadowed

Also the longer it takes to launch the more Next gen only games will start to release

On a side note, isn't this the same thing Pachter says everytime a game is delayed from fall to spring

Campy da Camper3507d ago (Edited 3507d ago )

Which is dumb. I've been saving up all summer for my ps4 and games. Was going to get WD, ACBF and Killzone. Come next spring, Infamous, Destiny, Witcher are getting my money first.

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JackISbacK3507d ago

it was quite anticipated but was getting weak ,from months i was noticing that assassins creed was getting more positive views ,at n4g only i find some people were saying they have forgotton this game ,there are many good games at launch already and i dont think watch dogs is must want because until the time watch dogs arive we can be happy with games like ac,bf4,cod and many more exclusive titles but it will increase the anticipation of this game ,and they may can get excellent result of their hards work because game is already going to be amzing and at that time no big titles are coming so all people will be attracted to watch dogs and it will also not rivaled by its own friend that is assassins creed.and there can be more reasons of quality,by this delay quality of this game will be also high.

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GarrusVakarian3508d ago

November is always a busy month, wise decision to push it back in my opinion. They will hopefully polish it some more too.

OC_MurphysLaw3508d ago

As disappointing as it was... I think Ubisoft was smart to pull Watchdogs from holiday launch. It has a chance to be a big seller but would have suffered sales wise had it stayed in November.

TheFutureIsBlue3507d ago

Agreed. It was smart. A lot of the next gen first day releases will be franchises that have been around for a while. People that play Battlefield will go for Battlefield, Cod people will go for Cod, etc. so a lot of people will go to something they are more familiar with. Especially since most people will only have some money(like me) just to purchase 1 game after putting down $$$ for next gen consoles.

So I'm going to go with something I know I will love and a game that has multiplayer so I can put a lot of hours in(Battlefield 4 or Killzone. Can't decide damnit!) while I'm broke as a joke and wait to buy Infamous when it comes out lol. By the time Watchdogs comes out I will be hungry for more games. Good job Ubisoft. I hope it helps them in the long run. A lot of developers need to learn from this if this turn out for the better. Day 1 patches suck!

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awesomeabe19983507d ago

Im getting Watch Dogs on my Wii U. I believe it was smart to do this since they dont have to compete with AC and Spring is a slow season.. This way Ubisoft can fix some bugs and make it a better game and get some sales.

awesomeabe19983507d ago (Edited 3507d ago )

Its nice to see other Wii U owners excited for Watch Dogs. Hopefully it sells like at least or around 500k on Wii U. Hopefully 1 million.

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