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Watch Dogs delayed until Spring 2014 [Update: The Crew delayed too]

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Who watches the Watch Dogs? No one, apparently, as they've slipped out from one of Ubisoft's badly guarded outposts and absconded to 2014. Which is to say that Watch Dogs (opens in new tab) has been delayed to Spring next year. This is so that Ubisoft can "polish and fine tune every detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience," apparently. The delay affects all versions of the game, so the PC version has some company for once.

Here are the relevant parts from the press release:

"Our ambition from the start with Watch_Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming. It is with this in mind that we've made the tough decision to delay the release until Spring 2014.

"We know a lot of you are probably wondering 'why now?' We struggled with whether we would delay the game. 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 every detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience."

Assassin's Creed 4, meanwhile, is still on track for a late November release - the console versions, in fact, have had their release dates moved up by a few days. As for Watch Dogs, we'll have to wait till next year - and just after we'd finally got our hands on (opens in new tab) the game too.

UPDATE: Ubisoft have also delayed their MMOish driving game The Crew, as announced in a financial statement (opens in new tab) yesterday. Originally scheduled for an early 2014 release, the game will now launch in the 2014-15 fiscal year instead - which starts in April, money fans. The presence of Watch Dogs in that statement means that we can't expect that game any earlier than April either.

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