The delay of the hugely anticipated Watch Dogs wasn't well received by gamers.
However, it was hardly an easy decision for Ubisoft. During a recent IGN interview with Ubisoft North America president Laurent Detoc, he said the decision was ultimately "very intense." Said Detoc:
"I think one of the fascinating things about this industry is that you can go from genius to idiot in an extremely short time frame. These are some of those moments, where you’re riding sky high on Watch Dogs or Rayman, and then suddenly you have to break it to the outside world, and sometimes even convince the inside people. Not everybody agrees. You have to say, ‘this is in the best interest of the product, to do this,’ because at the end of the day we’re going to be able to do this extra fine tuning."
Detoc added that the game "just wasn't ready" and that in truth, they really thought it'd be good to go for its November launch as of Gamescom (which was in August). However, he did say the title could've ended up being the "best-rated game on next-gen," saying Ubisoft is "breaking ground" on certain gameplay assets. That still wasn't good enough, though, and he mentioned Grand Theft Auto V as a bar over which they aim to leap.
It is too bad that Watch Dogs missed out on the next-gen launches but hey, we got Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag , which is a damn great – and freakin' huge – game in its own right.
Related Game(s): Watch Dogs