Watch Dogs delayed till 2014 so as to “not compromise on quality”

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Watch Dogs is now out; here’s our Watch Dogs review.

If you’ve been watching your watch waiting for Watch Dogs you’ll likely have been saying something along the lines of “Ah ha, little more than a month to go.” That was when it was set for a 22 November release. Well, you best set your watch for 2014 because Watch Dogs has been delayed.

“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,” wrote Ubisoft in the press release they fired our way. “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.”

Such a long delay suggests it’s a fair bit more than polish they’re adding to the game. I wonder if there are any core mechanics we’re going to see removed/altered. Their base capture system, which is largely lifted from Far Cry 3, could do with an overhaul to separate it a little from the island shooter. Hopefully Ubisoft will speak more on what will be changed in the game soon.