Noam Jenkins, the voice actor that plays lead protagonist Aiden Pearce in Watch Dogs, has revealed on Twitter that the long-awaited game is not coming any sooner than May or June. The action packed title was originally meant to be released before Christmas 2013, but slipped as Ubisoft wanted to add more polish to the game before release.
Online gaming publication Kotaku has apologised for the previous article which suggested that GameStop US were pulling pre-orders for Watch Dogs on the Wii U. The publication says that that their GameStop Italy and GameStop US sources now say that there was some kind of glitch in the system and that Watch Dogs is once again available for pre-order on Wii U.
Good news, everyone! GameStop Italy and our U.S.-based source have both said that this was all a glitch in the system and that Watch Dogs is—or will soon be—available for pre-order for Wii U again in Italy and the U.S. Apologies for making everyone nervous about this and for not getting that all sorted prior to publishing the first time.
Kotaku is now reporting that GameStop in the US is following GameStop Italy and has begun telling customers that it is no longer taking pre-orders for the Wii U version of Watch Dogs. The retail chain will begin asking customers whether they wish to switch the Wii U version to another format The rumour broke yesterday that the Italian chain of GameStop were informing those that wanted to pre-order the Wii U version of the game that it’s cancelled. A Ubisoft representative said earlier today that “We have nothing to comment at the moment.”
Update: Kotaku has contacted two GameStop stores in the US that say they’re still taking pre-orders. Joystiq says that the Italian branch of GameStop told them that the de-listing of a Wii U version of the game was an error and reservations will begin tomorrow. Let’s hope Ubisoft lets everyone know what’s going on.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag creative director Jean Guesdon has explained that they have explored the possibility of future Assassin’s Creed games being set in Feudal Japan. However, Guesdon says that there are plenty of other possible historical settings that could be used in the blockbuster series. He concluded by saying that “the entire human history is our playground.”
“Feudal Japan remains – like numerous other time periods and locations – a possible future setting for the franchise because thanks to the Animus. The entire human history is our playground.”
Stéphane Decroix, an executive producer on Ubisoft’s upcoming blockbuster Watch Dogs, has revealed that the budget for the game was in excess of 50 million euros ($68 million) before the title was delayed. The news broke when Kotaku ran a feature looking at how much video game development has cost over the years.
Splinter Cell animation director Kristjan Zadziuk has told the Official Xbox Magazine that the stealth based franchise is still evolving and the formula often changes. Zadziuk pointed out that he believes that the Assassin’s Creed series is a product that has been refined by the company, and he hopes that the same will be said of Splinter Cell.
“We haven’t got the luxury of Assassin’s Creed where we know our formula; we’re still evolving.”
“If you look at them, there’s no two Splinter Cells that are the same. They’ve all evolved and adapted. That, to me, is what makes it really exciting. We’re getting closer to what that game is, and maybe it isn’t necessarily about Splinter Cell being a 15-16 million Call of Duty-type best-seller. Maybe it’s just about it being the best Splinter Cell that it can be.”
Both Amazon.com and GameStop have listed Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs for release on June 30th. The intriguing title was delayed last year as the company wanted to deliver the best experience possible and felt like the game needed to be refined. Ubisoft stated that the game will be out sometime in the second quarter of the year.
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Information has emerged that the reasonably well received Splinter Cell: Blacklist only sold 2 million copies across all formats. The company apparently expected it to sell around 5 million, but that clearly didn’t happen. Interestingly, it was revealed that the Wii U version of the game only accounted for around 2% of sales in the US.
Online gaming publication Joystiq recently had the opportunity to sit down with the team behind Watch Dogs to talk about what exactly influenced the open world action-adventure game. Graham, who is part of the development team, said that they were inspired in no small part by Anonymous and also state sponsored hackers.
“In modern civilisation, no one is beyond the scope of technology. More often than not we lure ourselves into an artificial feeling of safety and it is information-age conspiracy theorists that have been vindicated. PRISM, the NSA’s rather extensive monitoring program was, if nothing else, a clarion call for us to reexamine our relationships with the devices and services we use regularly. We are inspired by Anonymous as well as state-sponsored hackers and the tales of corporate espionage but we decided to create fictitious factions for the game.”
Ubisoft Sofia producer Momchil Valentinov Gindyanov has revealed to the Examiner that multiple Assassin’s Creed games per year is certainly a possibility. Gindyanov says that other Assassin’s Creed spinoff games could exist as they would offer different experiences to the fans of the series. Gindyanov points towards Assassin’s Creed Liberation and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag as prime examples.
“Definitely [multiple releases a year] is a possibility. That being said, I don’t believe AC Liberation and AC IV are in competition as both games provide different experiences and I’m sure our fans enjoy both.”