In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Ubisoft revealed its upcoming techno-thriller Watch Dogs was going to be delayed into 2014.
Ubisoft broke the news on the company's blog, where it revealed Watch Dogs wouldn't hit current or next-gen consoles until sometime in the spring. Watch Dogs was originally slated to arrive on Nov. 12.
"We know a lot of you are probably wondering: Why now? We struggled with whether we would delay the game," wrote Gary Steinman, Ubi's communications manager. "But from the beginning, we have adopted the attitude that we will not compromise on quality. As we got closer to release, as all the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place in our last push before completion, it became clear to us that we needed to take the extra time to polish and fine tune each detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience."
Ubisoft had spent months hyping the release of the new IP, and it's a shame to hear such a promising launch title for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One won't see the light of day until next year. Since the current consoles already have extensive libraries with which to draw from, the blow on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Wii U probably won't be felt nearly as hard. Still, we're eager to get a chance to play Watch Dogs, and hope the delay really does lead to improvements in the final product.