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Watch Dogs Release Date Is Between April And June, Wii U Version Delayed

By Pete Haas 2014-02-10 11:09:16 discussion comments
Ubisoft provided an update on Watch Dogs's release date during their third-quarter sales report. The sandbox action game will be launching worldwide this spring.

"Fiscal 2014-15 will see an exceptional games line-up, with the release of five major titles including Just Dance, The Crew and Watch Dogs, which is scheduled for release in the first fiscal quarter," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said in the report. The first quarter of Ubisoft's 2014/2015 fiscal year runs from April 1st to June 30th.

A magazine report in January gave fans hope of a March release date. However, major retailers were skeptical of this. They've been listing the game for a late June release for months.

Though Watch Dogs will debut between April and June, at least one version might not arrive during that time frame. Guillemot said during today's conference call that the Wii U will get the game later than other platforms.

"We made the difficult decision to further delay the release of Watch Dogs on Wii U to focus the teamís resources where they could have the broadest possible benefit for both our customers and Ubisoft."

Earlier this year rumors swirled that the Wii U version was cancelled altogether. It's nice to know that Ubisoft still plans to release the game on that platform. Sucks to see another delay for a game that's been pushed back numerous times, though.

Given Ubisoft's history with PC gaming, I suspect that version won't arrive alongside its console counterparts. The company has a tendency to release PC editions of their multiplatform games at least a couple weeks after their initial launch. We'll see what happens when Ubisoft announces the specific release dates for Watch Dogs.

Watch Dogs is an open-world game set in Chicago. An advanced computer system regulates all of the city's electronics and keeps tabs on its citizens. Aiden Pearce, a vigilante, hijacks this system in order to punish the criminal population of Chicago. Players can also jump into each other's games and try to hack their data for in-game rewards.

Ubisoft has been taking a slow-and-steady approach with Watch Dogs' development. They want this game to be the start of a new franchise and stellar reviews and sales are a big part of that strategy. Let's hope that all the extra development time results in a better game.
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