Watch Dogs, the newest game in Ubisoft’s lineup of open-world acrobatic murder dude simulators, has had its release date pushed back to “spring 2014,” Ubisoft announced today. The game was previously scheduled to be released on November 19 and was a marquee launch title for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Starring a vigilante hacker and set in an alternate reality Chicago where a supercomputer controls all of the city’s electronics and resident information, Watch Dogs has been one of the most buzzed about in-development games since it was revealed at E3 2012. Until today’s announcement, it was one of two non-sequel games scheduled to be released in the fall of 2013 by a major publisher that’s not Sony or Microsoft. The other is Ubisoft’s Xbox One and Kinect-exclusive fighting/arm flailing game, Fighter Within.
According to the blog post that announced the delay, the developers need “extra time to polish and fine tune each detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.” What it didn’t mention is that Ubisoft head honchos probably realized it was a bad idea to release the game a mere three weeks after Assassin’s Creed IV, the sixth entry in the company’s premiere open-world acrobatic murder dude simulator series. Who could handle that much acrobatic murder?