Originally planned for release in November 2013, Ubisoft took the decision to delay the game to ensure the games quality. Watch Dogs is now scheduled for release on 27th May, with the Wii U version planned for some time in Q4 this year.
In a discussion with Examiner David Polfeldt, Managing Director of Massive Entertainment, said: “It’s tremendously important for us as a developer studio, to know that the owner and the publisher are ready to take that hit, and [the Watch Dogs delay] was a massive hit. I think their shares fell 25 per cent on the day it was announced it was being delayed.
“It takes so much courage to live through that day and still think that was a good decision. So for us in the development [side of things], that’s an important message that ultimately the management will back up the goals that we have, which is the game has to be great.
“That’s ultimately the end goal and then it’s a million times better if it’s on time, but if there is a choice between time and quality, then quality will win.”
The comments come following rumours that a similar delay may hit The Division, after reports back in January labelled Ubisoft’s planned release date of 2014 as “laughable”.
It’s good to see Ubisoft putting quality first, and the games will be better for it.
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