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Pachter - Ubisoft delayed Watch_Dogs due to GTAV/CoD:G/Battlefield 4 competition

"We believe that management was also concerned about the strong competition for wallet share Watch Dogs faced at the holidays from Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield 4, and a new Call of Duty, among others. Grand Theft Auto V is only adding to industry uncertainty, as while it is bringing many previously-disconnected gamers back to the market, it also has achieved record-breaking sales that have tapped a certain percentage of gamer holiday spending months ahead of time.

Given next-gen uncertainty and this very strong slate of competitors, we believe the two aforementioned delays were the right decision. By releasing Watch Dogs in Q1:15, Ubisoft has given its developers the opportunity to fully maximize the game's sales potential in FY:15 and build a lasting franchise that the company could use to offset any future weakness for its established key franchises (displayed most recently by the disappointing Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist).

We are somewhat concerned about competition in Ubisoft's Q1, however, with games like EA's Titanfall, Activision's Destiny and Microsoft's Halo 5 all targeting the same launch window. We don't think it is important that Watch Dogs (or any of the other three games) launches in Q1, and we expect all of the game publishers to behave rationally when setting release dates to avoid competition wherever possible." - Michael Pachter
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17 Oct 2013 14:19

I think there were several reasons for the Watchdogs delay. The first like Pachter said is GTA V. The second is Ubisoft wanted to give room to their other open world game, ACIV. The third is that they are having issues with the current gen version of Watchdogs which no one has seen up to this point.
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17 Oct 2013 14:19

And yet they moved Rayman Legends near those games....
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17 Oct 2013 14:29

While I still think the Rayman Legends delay was an awful, awful mistake, and I would love to get my hands on Watch Dogs as soon as possible, I have to say, this probably was a good business move on their part, for once.

If anything, I'm a little relieved. Between Pokemon Y, GTA V, Battlefield 4, A Link Between Worlds, and Mario 3D World, and probably other games I'm missing,

I just don't know how much time I'd really have to sit down and give the game the attention it deserves.
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17 Oct 2013 14:32

Wait, hold up,...they think Halo 5 is coming out Q1 2014 for Xbox One? Like April through June? That's complete BS. No way is it done before Holiday 2014 at the very earliest.
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17 Oct 2013 14:51

I'm all for delaying a game to make it a better product, instead of rushing a buggy game out the door. But, I don't know how much they should fear GTA V. It's a masterpiece, and it's selling like hotcakes, but I think most of the people who really wanted it will have already bought it by the holidays. Plus, it's not on next-gen consoles (yet). There's something to be said for having a good title at the launch of a new system. It becomes the "must have" game, and almost everyone who buys the hardware gets your game to go with it.

Now, as the statement mentioned, they'll have to compete with a bunch of other big guns on the next-gen platform.
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17 Oct 2013 16:59

Lol who listens to Pachter anymore? He may be an analyst but he shot his credibility dead a long time ago with his clear bias toward anything sony or xbox.

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