Thu, Oct 17, 2013 | 10:35 BST
Watch Dogs delay will “push back” some PS4 and Xbox One sales, warns analyst
Watch Dogs has been delayed to Spring 2014 by Ubisoft, and it’s a move that has seen its stock price tumble, and incur the wrath of many eager gamers. Videogame research manager at analyst first IDC Lewis Ward has stressed that while the move will push back PS4 and Xbox One console sales, it was ultimately the right decision.
Speaking with the BBC, Ward stated, “I think [Watch Dogs] was going to be one of the drivers for initial games-console bundle sales and will probably push back some of the hardware sales that would have happened right out of the gate for Sony and Microsoft. But absolutely it’s the right decision if there’s something glitchy or there’s some game-balance factor that is off.
“There’s a lot of interconnections between the things you can control in the game and how the story then unfolds, so I can only assume there’s some factor with the incredibly complex open-world gameplay that’s off. But there’s no reason Ubisoft can’t still deliver what they hoped to do with this game.”
Despite the delay, Ubisoft remains confident it will ‘win’ the next generation. We covered all of the company’s statements, news and stock price problems here if you want to play catch-up.
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