Ubisoft delayed Watch Dogs so the developers could make the game better. That's the simple explanation.
But there are always other factors involved, as Benchmark Company analyst Mike Hickey said during a New York Times interview . Although the stock dove after the announcement, Hickey said it was the right move in the long run because expectations were crazy high and a less-than-stellar product would've been a tremendous letdown.
Furthermore, the success and quality of Grand Theft Auto V may have put additional pressure on Ubisoft:
"The success of Grand Theft Auto V has put a lot of pressure on Watch Dogs. They want it to be their next big franchise."
GTAV set world records in sales and has generated well over $1 billion since its launch on September 17. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said the effect of such a gigantic blockbuster is "generally positive," but the aforementioned pressure is probably very real. Hickey added that Ubisoft "made the right decision" in pushing back Watch Dogs , as it's best to wait and "get it right." That's what's most important.
We'll definitely agree with that.
Related Game(s): Watch Dogs