Today Ubisoft dropped a bomb shell announcing that Watch_Dogs had been delayed until Spring of 2014. The news came with the accompanying blog post which has been pasted below.
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.
Obviously this will be disappointing to anyone like me who was looking forward to getting is as a release date game for their next generation console. However at the same time there is still Battlefield 4 which looks amazing. So it is not a huge deal in the long run, it just limits the usability of the next generation consoles since not everyone will be spending huge money on games outside of maybe one or two at launch.