Watch Dogs is now delayed into spring 2014, and the set-back has caused Ubisoft’s shared to slip. It has also forced retailers to re-appraise PS4 bundles that packaged the game and console together. Despite the backlash, Ubisoft has issued a statement saying that the delay is just an unfortunate short-term blip.
We reported on the Watch Dogs delay, as well as a release slip for The Crew here.
Since the release slip, we also reported that Ubisoft shares fell by up to 32%. Retailers Amazon and GameStop have issued statements to assure PS4 pre-order customers that their units are secure, although buyers will now have to pick an alternative title.
In a statement to shareholders the day the game was delayed, Ubisoft stated: “Our long-term goal is to win the next generation. The tough decisions we took to fully realize the major potential of our new creations have an impact on our short-term performance but 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. We are building franchises that will become perennial pillars of Ubisoft’s financial performance.”
It’s a delay that has seen many gamers expressing anger online, with many threatening to cancel their PS4 pre-order as a result.
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