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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.”

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  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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    • 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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  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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