Pachter Says Ubisoft Were Worried That GTA V, COD And Battlefield Would Hurt Watch Dogs

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Famed Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has responded to the news that Watch Dogs has been delayed until spring 2014. Pachter says that Ubisoft were genuinely worried that Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 would eat into sales of the company’s Watch Dogs. Pachter concluded by saying that Ubisoft has given its developers the opportunity to fully maximise the game’s sales potential and build a lasting franchise that the company could use to offset any future weakness for its established key franchises.

We believe that management was also concerned about the strong competition for wallet share Watch Dogs faced at the holidays from Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield 4, and a new Call of Duty, among others.”

“Grand Theft Auto V is only adding to industry uncertainty, as while it is bringing many previously-disconnected gamers back to the market, it also has achieved record-breaking sales that have tapped a certain percentage of gamer holiday spending months ahead of time. Given next-gen uncertainty and this very strong slate of competitors, we believe the two aforementioned delays were the right decision.”

“By releasing Watch Dogs in Q1:15, Ubisoft has given its developers the opportunity to fully maximize the game’s sales potential in FY:15 and build a lasting franchise that the company could use to offset any future weakness for its established key franchises (displayed most recently by the disappointing Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist).

“We are somewhat concerned about competition in Ubisoft’s Q1, however, with games like EA’s Titanfall, Activision’s Destiny and Microsoft’s Halo 5 all targeting the same launch window. We don’t think it is important that Watch Dogs (or any of the other three games) launches in Q1, and we expect all of the game publishers to behave rationally when setting release dates to avoid competition wherever possible.”

65 thoughts on “Pachter Says Ubisoft Were Worried That GTA V, COD And Battlefield Would Hurt Watch Dogs”

  1. What wiiU games are “next gen”? lol

    PS4 Has More Next-Gen Games Than wiiU.. And its not even out yet lol

    lets see wiiU run a game like this with these graphics and physic in an open world…

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      1. Wii U is current gen, ps4/xbone current gen as soon as they are released. the only true next gen is me, i’m so next gen that i read your mind before posting this and have already countered your weak come back before you think of it.

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        1. Explain to me exactly how it is current gen. I fail to understand this. If you knew anything about Wii U, you would know why Nintendo chose what they did.

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    1. Well let’s wait till we get AC4, then we’ll have an idea of what the power of the Wii U is, yet, Pikmin 3 has huge graphics, The definitive game of the Wii U is going to be the upcoming Zelda title, after that game is released we will really see if it’s next gen or no

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    2. My pc has a nvidia titan, your precious ps4 will never have anything close to my pc and it runs at well over 100 fps. Ps4 is for weak little girls

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    3. Get off this damn website you piece of crap, this website is for Nintendo gamers, not sonydrones like you, so get the hell out of here and talk shit somewhere else please. Thank you

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    1. You mean Captain Obviously Wrong…..

      Ubisoft wants to sell 10 million Assassins Creed 4, putting out Watch Dogs at the same time would undercut it, but now they are separate it has the whole holiday to itself in there line up.

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          1. That picture is disturbing. I hope someone with the name Castration Maiden with a picture of a bloody anime girl holding scalpels comes on soon. I Doubt that would ever happen though.

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        1. Nintendo life has pretty low tolerance for trolls and stomps them out as soon as they appear. We have a more relaxed system. I think it’s nice to have a place where everyone can express themselves without having to worry. I also think it’s nice to have a plasma cannon. I’m pretty trigger happy with this baby. Heheh.

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    1. By saying Q1:15, he is talking about the fiscal year which I am guessing starts in spring 2014. It still always sound weird when they talk about fiscal year and not calender year.

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  2. the moron is right and wrong at the same time. but more wrong, considering how anticipated watch dogs is, and how much push its getting, it’d probably do fine. the fact its releasing for both current and next gen also helps.

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  3. We here believe that Famed Wedbush Securities analyzed this to get more attention to their unprofessional analyst who tries to sound like an professional even though he just got lucky to get a job where you just guess and throw some shit on it. I also believe the only reason why he can keep his job is because people feel sorry for him for the fact that he borned on this planet which will dissapear at some point when sun eats it.

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  4. Who cares what Pachter says? He doesn’t have a single clue what is going on in the video game industry. Maybe he is right about Ubisoft, but can you blame them? They aren’t a first party developer, they don’t have tons of money in the bank to fall back on. They have to make careful decisions to stay afloat. A couple bad games in this day and age and a video game company will go out of business. They already had bad sales with Rayman and Splinter Cell, another bad sell would do tremendous damage to Ubisoft.

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