Video game publisher Ubisoft says it will delay two of its upcoming original franchises to provide more development time for next generation consoles.
The company says the stealth action thriller Watch_Dogs and cooperative racing title The Crew will now launch during their 2014-15 fiscal year.
"Our long term goal is to win the next generation," says Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in a statement released Tuesday. "The tough decisions we are taking today to fully realize the major potential of our new creations have an impact on our short-term performance. We are convinced that, longer term, they will prove to be the right decisions both in terms of satisfaction for our fans and in terms of value creation for our shareholders."
Originally slated to launch in early 2014, The Crew is a racing game set inside a massively multiplayer online universe similar to World of Warcraft. Players can team up to complete missions or participate in a series of races.
The delay of Watch_Dogs is more surprising, since the game was scheduled to launch next month. According to a blog post from the game's development team, the game will now launch next spring.
"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," reads the development team's statement.
Watch_Dogs stars Aiden Pearce, a hacker able to breach Chicago's technical infrastructure, manipulating street signals, breaking into ATMs or listening into phone conversations. The game will be available on current and next-generation video game consoles.
- by Brett Molina, USA TODAY (Twitter: @bamo923)