Ubisoft has delayed both Watch Dogs and The Crew until sometime in fiscal year 2014, the company announced during a conference call this morning.
Watch Dogs, which was previously scheduled to be one of the launch titles for the PS4 is now scheduled for release sometime in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 between April 1 and June 30, 2014. The Crew has also suffered a similar fate and been pushed back to the second quarter between between July 1 and September 30, 2014.
In response, Ubisoft has posted the following message from the Watch Dog developers on their official blog:
“Our ambition from the start with Watch Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming. It is with this in mind that we’ve made the tough decision to delay the release until spring 2014.
We know a lot of you are probably wondering: Why now? We struggled with whether we would delay the game. But from the beginning, we have adopted the attitude that we will not compromise on quality. As we got closer to release, as all the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place in our last push before completion, it became clear to us that we needed to take the extra time to polish and fine tune each detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the way you respond on the web, at events, press conferences and other opportunities we have to interact. Your passion keeps us motivated.
We can’t wait to see you in Chicago next spring. We are confident you’ll love this game as much as we love working on it.”
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has also released a similiar statement regarding the delays:
“Our long term goal is to win the next generation. The tough decisions we are taking today to fully realize the major potential of our new creations have an impact on our short-term performance. We are convinced that, longer term, they will prove to be the right decisions both in terms of satisfaction for our fans and in terms of value creation for our shareholders. We are building franchises that will become perennial pillars of Ubisoft’s financial performance. In a context of growing successes for mega-blockbusters, the additional time given to the development of our titles will allow them to fulfill their huge ambitions and thus offer players even more exceptional experiences.
Fueled by strong momentum for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, calendar 2014 will see the return of growth to the console market. Combined with the quality of our line-up and our strong financial situation, this growth will allow us to achieve record operating income in fiscal 2014-15 and 2015-16.”
Ubisoft still has Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag scheduled for release this year on both the PS3 and PS4. With the Watch Dogs PS4 Launch Bundle no longer an option, how does this affect your PS4 plans? Let us know in the comments!