There seems to have been a variety of reasons why Watch Dogs was delayed last year and among them appear to be Ubisoft's desire to make sure they have all of the crucial concepts that make up the new IP in the first installment of Watch Dogs.
CVG talked with Lionel Raynaud, who is Ubisoft's vice president of creative, about how there were some aspects Ubisoft originally planned for the November release of Watch Dogs, but then realized they wouldn't be ready in time and would've been shelved until Watch Dogs 2 (not confirmed on any level).
"There were several systems that were not going to be in the game if we released in November. There's always the discussion of, 'should we leave them for the sequel, or do we take the time to finish them?' And we decided to take our time and do it right.
"It's made a big difference - we've polished everything. The things we've developed the most are the interactions with hacking, and how in many situations being smart with chain reactions can offer something unique from any other open-world game. If we weren't able to deliver this aspect, it wouldn't feel new enough to be worth a new IP," Raynaud said.
And Ubisoft was not about to waste as much time and resources into a game that really didn't warrant a new IP.
Maintaining the integrity of Watch Dogs' original vision seems to be a paramount concern for Ubisoft and kudos to them to sticking with their guns, when others may have just pushed out the game in November without key features.
We've seen time and time again from Ubisoft that they are more concerned with putting out quality products than with hitting release dates every time. While delays are always a bummer for consumers, developers and executives, it ultimately benefits all parties involved, resulting in the best possible chance for success.
Watch Dogs will be launching May 27th on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. The Wii U version will be released at a later date. For all of our latest exclusives, previews, reviews and features, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Game On.