Ubisoft has posted an announcement over on their blog announcing the delay of Watch Dogs until “spring 2014”.
With scant details we can only assume this is the northern hemisphere spring, and therefore expect Watch Dogs to now launch around second quarter 2014, instead of its previously planned November 2013 launch.
The simple explanation for the delay was that Ubisoft wanted to polish the game further before launch. It is worth noting that Assassin’s Creed 4 is scheduled to launch in November 2013, and this may also be a smart move to prevent the sales of one game from eating into the other.
Watch Dogs is expected to launch for Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, Xbox One, and PS4.
Below is the full statement from the Ubisoft Watch Dogs development team:
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.