Ubisoft’s highly anticipated open-world game, Watch Dogs, has been delayed until spring 2014. The game was first shown at E3 2012 with an expected release date of November 2013. The game was also bundled in preorders for the PlayStation 4, which will still arrive in November, though now it’s unclear how these preorders will be affected.
The company announced the delay in a blog post, stating their reasoning behind delaying the game for so long:
“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.”
Ubisoft goes on to say that the company struggled with the decision to delay the game and ultimately didn’t want to sacrifice the quality of the game to push it out sooner.
In addition to delaying Watch Dogs, Ubisoft also announced that their upcoming racing game, The Crew, would also be delayed. Although no release date was ever announced for The Crew, Ubisoft is still aiming to release the game on next-gen consoles.
UPDATE 1: Amazon has announced that pre-orders for the Playstation 4 Watch Dogs Launch Bundle will hold their place in line and will receive the console without Watch Dogs. The company has not notified customers of compensation or alternatives for the game. Here’s what Amazon posted on the product page:
“All orders for the Watch Dogs PlayStation 4 bundle will keep their place in line and we will fulfill the PlayStation 4 (without the Watch Dogs game) in accordance with your current delivery estimate. We are working on adjusting these orders and will update you as soon as we know more.”
UPDATE 2: Amazon has elaborated on its Watch Dogs bundles for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Users will have the option to keep their Watch Dogs bundle and have the game ship separately when it becomes available, or choose another bundle. Here’s Amazon’s full statement:
“With the news that Ubisoft has delayed the release of the highly-anticipated title Watch Dogs until next year, GameStop is contacting customers who had reserved PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles featuring the game. Customers can elect to keep their current bundle orders and their consoles will ship as scheduled with the game shipping separately once it is available, or customers can choose another bundle to replace their current order. Customers should also note that there may be a difference in the price if selecting another bundle and that all reserved orders will be charged upon shipment.”