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.”
Ubisoft has confirmed that the long-awaited Watch Dogs has been delayed until Spring 2014. The team said via the official Ubisoft blog that they had been contemplating delaying the unique title and it became clear to the company that they needed to take the extra time to polish and fine tune each detail. The development team says that they ultimately want to deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.
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A Sega representative has confirmed that the immensely colourful Sonic Lost World has been delayed till October 29th. The game was originally scheduled to be released on October 22nd, but the company has told Polygon that the release date has slipped by a week. You can check out the Deadly Six extended trailer that was released today, here.
Injustice: Gods Among Us for the Wii U was set to release along with the Xbox and PlayStation versions on April 19 in Europe, but due to an unforeseen reason, retailers are now listing the Wii U version as delayed until next week. UK retailers GAME, Grainger Games and Amazon, now have the action brawler down as an April 26 launch, so it looks like Nintendo Wii U holders will have to wait an extra week to see their favourite heroes and villains fight it out. Has Europe once again bit the dust?
I’ve received a number of emails this afternoon from disgruntled people who pre-ordered a copy of LEGO City: Undercover which was meant to be released today in North America. Several people who contacted GameStop have been told that the game won’t be in stock until Wednesday, March 20th. It’s thought that a shipping error is to blame. Did you get your copy of LEGO City: Undercover today?
Disney Interactive Studios has delayed the release of Disney Infinity, which was previously scheduled to release in June, by two months. The upcoming action-adventure game features numerous characters from multiple Disney films, including The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters, Inc., Wreck-It Ralph and Cars. When it arrives in the summer, on August 18th, Disney Infinity will launch on Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows.
Pandora’s Tower, the last of the big three Japanese action RPG’s, could be facing a small delay in North America. The game is supposed to be launching on Tuesday, March 26th, but an email to Amazon customers states that Pandora’s Tower has been delayed by three weeks. Amazon says that customers can expect the game to be released between April 22, 2013 – April 26, 2013. The game is being published by XSEED in North America.
We have received new release date information related to your pre-ordered video game in the order you placed on January 19, 2013 (Order# XXXXXXXX). The release date for the video game listed below has been changed by the publisher, and we want to provide you with a new delivery estimate based on the new release date:
Estimated arrival date: April 22, 2013 – April 26, 2013
Nintendo has announced that Scribblenauts Unlimited, a game developed by Warner Bros. Interactive & 5th Cell and published by Nintendo of Europe for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, will be delayed in Europe. Here’s what Nintendo had to say about the delay, which has come about as some undisclosed changes had to be made.
It has come to light that some changes need to be implemented within the game before we launch them across Europe. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and we hope to make further announcements on the European launch of these games very soon.
Numerous retailers in North America are stating that Fire Emblem: Awakening has been delayed a couple of days due to an unforeseen shipping error. Best Buy claims that they are not expecting stock of the well-received game until Wednesday, GameStop said the game may not be available until Friday, February 8. Amazon has notified consumers that stock of the game has been delayed due to a shipping error. We posted our Fire Emblem: Awakening review yesterday. You can read it here.
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Nintendo has informed Engadget that Google Maps, TiVo, and Netflix integration, have been delayed for Wii U. Both TiVo and Netflix were meant to arrive in December as part of the TVii application. Nintendo has told the publication that both are delayed beyond January to an unknown point in early 2013. Google Maps and Street View were meant to arrive in January, but it turns out, those are also delayed until first quarter 2013.