Following is a statement directly from the Watch Dogs development teams.

Watch Dogs

Our ambition from the start with Watch Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming. It is with this in mind that we’ve made the tough decision to delay the release until spring 2014.

We know a lot of you are probably wondering: Why now? We struggled with whether we would delay the game. But from the beginning, we have adopted the attitude that we will not compromise on quality. As we got closer to release, as all the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place in our last push before completion, it became clear to us that we needed to take the extra time to polish and fine tune each detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the way you respond on the web, at events, press conferences and other opportunities we have to interact. Your passion keeps us motivated.

We can’t wait to see you in Chicago next spring. We are confident you’ll love this game as much as we love working on it.

Get more Watch Dogs info in the following UbiBlog features:

Getting Lost, and Found, in Watch Dogs’ Open World

The Secrets Behind Watch Dogs’ Next Gen Experience

Why Chicago Is the Ultimate City for Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs

Watch_Dogs™

Release date — May 27, 2014
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol
the author

Gary Steinman has won numerous editorial awards, but you probably don’t care about that. He also ran multiple industry leading publications and websites including PlayStation: The Official Magazine, GamesRadar.com, PC Gamer and Newtype USA – but that’s all in the past. The real truth about Gary? He loves cats, he takes too many selfies on Facebook (according to one co-worker, at least), and he occasionally crochets. And now he’s helping share stories about Ubisoft’s amazing games and their incredible creators in his role overseeing the UbiBlog and other select Ubisoft social channels. Follow him on Twitter: @GarySteinman

750 comments
FangTheKeidran
FangTheKeidran

Question, I'm pretty sure someone else asked, but is there a playable demo available after we pre-order? I pre-ordered this morning, and it said something about the full game being available on the 27th next month, so I was just curious.

Disappointed Customer
Disappointed Customer

I could have predicted that when Ubisoft says that the release date is "spring", it's gonna be towards the very end of spring (may 27th). Pricks.At least they didn't delay it again (yet) though, except the wii u version, which they delayed a second time. Horrible company that gives customers false hopes, delivering worthless games. I hope everyone pirates the game so that it´s them who get screwed this time. At the start Watch Dogs was one of the few games I was willing to buy instead of pirate because it looked awesome, but by now I have lost all faith in Ubisoft.

Cristopher Rodriguez
Cristopher Rodriguez

According to the Ubisoft UK site:

Watch Dogs for Wii U Release Date:

Spring 2014

Watch Dogs for Wii U Release Date:

Coming 2014

Wh..wh..what is that? UK Wii U owners get it before us! I think that either Ubisoft should delay the UK launch till later this year OR release the US versión in spring. It's just not fair.

Zaid Sparrow
Zaid Sparrow

look here with PC requirements

Watch Dogs release date finally announced by Sony

dan0019
dan0019

Not as worried tbh. Will probably just take a tweek of the GFX options under DX11.2 to turn ultra on shadows, lighting, physx anti aliasing etc etc and it will prob be somewhere close to the E3 demo again. Stunning. + gameplay and story look immense!

Eternal Torment
Eternal Torment

With regards to the "changes" that caused the game to be delayed.

Excerpt from an interview with Polygon.com:

"Obviously what's different, is that we're scaling the dynamism and the detail of the city and the gameplay. So it's stuff like the amount of civilians in the street, the amount of cars in the street, the detail in the animation, or how sophisticated some reactions are to some of your actions. So some of those things are scaled down. Obviously the graphics, but that one's obvious." - Dominic Guay

WHAT THE FUCK??!!

You're changes t make the game "better" actually dumbed down the scope and graphics?

From the bottom of my heart... fuck you.

Ubisoft shall not receive a penny from me for this game. I just saw the new release date trailer too. It looks like a stone age step backward from the previous trailers last year.

Congratulations assholes. You won't be getting one red cent out of me. Any sucker that buys this game after the lies and an "overhaul" that actually diluted the whiskey instead of stepping up the proof, is a fucking chump.

End of line.

Metaphysical Nightmare
Metaphysical Nightmare

Every single trailer, with the exception of the PS3 version, had what truly appeared to be next generation graphics. I've seen them all. This game didn't look as good as The Division, but it looked amazing nonetheless.

The game play graphics from this May 27th announcement trailer looked like a stone age step backwards from everything else I've seen of this game.

These were your improvements? This is what the delay was all about?

A fool and his money are soon parted. That's why mine is staying firmly in my pocket. Screw this game. I'm out.

Aiden pearce
Aiden pearce

WATCH_DOGS 27/05/2014 ?

I'm so happy

And it's a day before my birthday so

Birthday miracle :) :) :)

Thank you ubisoft for this amazing game

I'm so happy :) :) :)

Dan S.
Dan S.

I have seen three or four different trailers for it. They all say the 27th. I'm pretty sure they won't put this date unless it was already done and just needed a final testing done on it. They don't want to delay again, so close to release this time. I think they would lose all their orders if they did that. Didn't see any actual gameplay in the trailer, so lets hope they start releasing more videos so we can see the improvements they made.

ceekay
ceekay

So it's May 27th, huh?

I really hope there will be no delay on the PC version.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Looks like this "big news" is not "good news". Good news is announced early in the week to have a whole week of stock market trading to drive the price up. Bad news is announced on Friday after the markets close so there is the weekend with no open stock market.

Probaly announce a new delay to Fall 2014, cancelation of the Wii U version.

ceekay
ceekay

Just for the notice: It's spring already!

Honestly Harold
Honestly Harold

If anyone at Ubisoft reads this...

Please, when you announce the release date, please make the UPlay exclusive edition available in the US! I'm not mad about the delay anymore, I'm just excited to play the game! The UPlay edition had everything I wanted out of all the special editions! Let me buy it! To quote futurama "Shut Up and TAKE MY MONEY!" but you have to let me give you my money first! ok spiel over

Ital
Ital

We can't wait any longer. We are starving. 4 and a half months is a lot of time...

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

They wont release it early in the period, so that rules out April or May. Any release dates you see on store sites are simply guesses to drive pre-orders. And I think this whole "look at this new trailer for the release date" is just another hoax.

dakota124567890
dakota124567890

I heard the game is supposed to come out June 30 2014

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Looks like the new trailer that is coming will have the official release date (or as official as anything gets from Ubisuck). Figure 3 months from an official announcement. So probaly looking at mid to late June 2014.

ceekay (not dan)
ceekay (not dan)

I'm not Dan, but since you mostly answer to people called Dan, maybe...

A week ago you said to keep an eye closed to the blog and FB page...

Ok, how do you think all these comments got here? Everyone is keeping an eye on these pages and all you do is say soon.

Since you claimed that the game is coming out this spring, It would be very nice of you to actually give us some good info on March 1st. Just, you know, to begin the spring with good/great news... or just news...

Dan
Dan

Well we heard soon for the past 4 months. So I guess Very soon would be about 3 or if where lucky 2 but I wouldn't hold my breath on it. There has been no hype for it by showing video or previews of it. It wouldn't be smart on there part to just release it without TV ads and hype on the internet. So I'm guessing where looking at June or July if we're lucky.

Sam
Sam

I'd be very happy about the wait for Watch Dogs if it meant offering options for stealth players to complete the ALL missions with no kills. 'Almost' a stealth path (95%) still means forced kills (5%) - kinda defeats the point of embracing the stealth challenge at all. At the moment it's enough to put me off buying the game.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

But then again they are going to be bumping up against Destiny and its beta test this Summer, may as well just delay it to 2015 or cancle it.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Wonder how long they wilk wait to tell us its not coming till the middle of June.

Cobra Force
Cobra Force

I know what they are doing they are making us eat are fingernails waiting....waiting until they say: sorry but it will come out in 2016. I can't wait any longer just tell when it comes out ( my nails are gone) The game is so good. It will be the BEST game in 2014!!!!! Thank you UBISOFT for making such a good game I'm proud of you guys ;) But Please give some Info on when it comes, it will help your Fans...... Regards Cobra

Cobra Force
Cobra Force

I Pre-Ordered Watch Dog on PSN but The date when the game comes out must be wrong 27/11/2098 WT* i would understand if it was 27/11/2014 but WT*.

DAN0019
DAN0019

As Gary only replies to people called Dan I suspect that he is actually GaryBot, Ubisofts most intelligent software to date :D Garybot please define "Soon".

Thank You,

Dan

Trenton
Trenton

Ok...I'm just going to say it because I'm pretty sure everyone is thinking it.

For f*ck's sake, Gary, Ubisoft, ANYBODY, POST SOMETHING NEW! PLEASE!!! This whole being all coy and quiet stuff is getting very old!

Crickets
Crickets

*4 months later* Chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp, chirp

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Arsepayne
Arsepayne

I have to agree with almost everyone here that says that no news ins't very good for business. I just read that a reputrable dealer in the UK say March release date???(http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/watch-dogs-release-date-leaked-by-european-retailers-pre-order-listing-1430359) . I hate posting romours but any news is goods news. Fan Movie was awesome. I have watched and re-watched all the videos I can. I haven't seen to many games like this since UPLink. I feel like a junkie waiting for my next fix and I haven't even played the game yet.

Please just a little news,

D-500
D-500

Ubisoft still has a lot to learn. Most of their games are not bad, and I do completely understand why they delayed the game and am sure people will be getting a better product. I think however that no communication always has a negative effect on the community and that regular (video or interview) updates should be a method to keep the fans in the loop. No communication is bad publicity and de-hype for every follower and fan of the game.

ceekay
ceekay

Now, from what I remember with the previous games, Ubisoft made a reaaaaaally big promo campaign at least one month before launching. But, to be sure, the last three months prior to a game release were actually drowning in info on that game. Today is almost half of the February gone. There's still silence, which means the game won't happen to launch in March, and that's kind of a definite thing. If it is to launch in April, Ubi must really start to get going rebuilding the lost hype, because, come on, there's one and a half months until April. With that said, it starts to become clear the thing that Ubisoft didn't plan to launch the game in the 2013 fiscal year, which ends in March - therefore proving to the users that all Ubisoft thinks about is the money, and not the people who almost lost their trust in them. And I'm kind of sure the game will launch not earlier than May month, or even June, just like it's said on Amazon.

On the other hand, I'm starting to believe the game won't launch at all, mostly because they abandoned the trademark (which I don't know if it was something for the moment or it's really going to change the title or they're going to sell the game to some other company)... And because in October-November last year, Amazon gave some access codes to be redeemed in-game, because there were no Online bonus packs...

jaimy
jaimy

hi ubisoft,

i wanna ask when we can play watch dogs

i mean not the full game but at least a demo

so will you please answer my question ?

thank you

:) :) :) :) :) :)

Perdro
Perdro

I find it hard to believe that the Watch Dog's staff has left us in the dark wondering when we will be able to actually know when we are getting our game. This was one of the most anticipated games of the year and now we don't even know if it's coming out in the Spring of '14 or Summer. Amazon has the game release as June 20th 2014 which is well over the "Spring Release". I find it disappointing how no one was from Ubisoft has replied to us and given us some concrete information on when the game is being released or if there are any issues right now as they prepare for release in the next 2-3 months. I sure hope Ubisoft makes it up to us for making us wait this long.

hey ubisoft
hey ubisoft

This was my most anticipated game of the year. I've watched every video on YouTube, and checked daily for info on the game. I am obviously a huge fan.. You guys have left every single one of your biggest fans in the dark. Don't be surprised when you start seeing pre orders drop. I know mine will. I feel like you guys have had enough time with the game. I mean what could have been so wrong that it could take this long, and have you so busy that you can't even communicate with your fans. Just release it in March before infamous second son so you don't lose most of your ps4 fans to a game that has a similar situation with the idea of surveillance. As a gamer with a limited budget I have to choose carefully what I buy. I'm going to get Infamous second son because they care about their fans, and can get their shit done on time.

Fastest Finger
Fastest Finger

Hearing that Ubisoft has abandoned the Watch Dogs trademark.... a name change to the game? Cancellation?

Paolo
Paolo

I see no problem with a delay, I always assume the game isn't ready yet so I think all companies should try to think quality first ! Of course it's a business, and if they don't want it to compete with another one of their own, it's understandable. Now the negatives, Watch Dogs will not be completely a Next Gen game, ig it was you would not be able to play it on the Old gen machines. Next Gen is not just cosmetics, you know ? It's mechanics, gameplay and other stuff that just shouldn't have to be possible on an old gen machine. Otherwise I do not see the satisfaction in owning a next gen version where you can get a cheaper, just as good version on your 360 or ps3. When I game will no longer possible on the Old Gen then it will be a proper next gen game for me.

The other issue is why doesn't Ubisoft make a Football game ? Fifa is pretty much going alone now, with Pro Evolution falling way beyond. EA needs a proper rival, not Konami, someone who can get all the proper licences and release a "real" alternative to Fifa, the market allows it. Of course Ubisoft can always buy Konami and do a better job, it shouldn't be difficult.

Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs

Damn, it better not be true that the game will be released on the 30th of June. It said "spring 2014 everywhere". Ubisoft isn't gonna break their promise again are they?

Ben Harry
Ben Harry

When will the date be confirmed?

Nick S.
Nick S.

I agree with Dan you say you appreciate our passion for the game yet you leave us in the dark. Passion should be rewarded, not placated by silver tongues that talk of 'soon'. Especially after what the fans had to put up with and continue to put up with but now with nothing to stoke their passions. I've seriously been thinking about pulling my pre-order for Watch dogs and putting the money toward another title but never have I though about it more seriously than after reading your apathetic answer Gary.

Dan S.
Dan S.

So yet another month and no replies to our comments. The last reply you made Gary was on the 3rd of Dec. and your reply was to play black flag. That's not to reassuring to those that have paid money and are waiting patiently for updates or a glimpse of the new revised game. Everyone keeps posting about the game on here but are getting nothing back from you or your team. I remember on one of post back in November that you replied that you and members of the team read and reply to these posts. It's been a month. I think its time for a reply. One thing I have noticed is that the number of posts has dropped off a lot. If you look back at November or Decembers posts there was a post almost every day. Now there is gaps and a huge drop in number of posts as I stated would happen on the 8th when I posted last. People are gonna lose interest in the game if you don't keep them informed. Hopefully everything is going well with the polishing and updating and that's it not the other way around which is why were not getting updates. I'm sure some of my comments might come off as ranting a little, but it's not really. I just don't understand why you would go black with no info or updates unless it's worse than you had planned.

Eternal Torment
Eternal Torment

Keep on drinking that "kool-aid" my son. While you're at it keep on paying for less products that ship with a less than advertised quality. If I am show a portrait of a filet mignon and it looks 5 star, then by god that's PRECISELY what I want on my plate when I order it. What I don't want is a under-cooked, over-hyped mignon substitute. it's the difference between alaskan king crab and imitation. I would never pay for one when I ordered and was advertised the other. No way.

Ital
Ital

It isn't. Spring starts on 21th...

Anne Lewis | Communications Associate
Anne Lewis | Communications Associate

WHO TOLD YOU GARY IS A COMPUTER PROGRAM? THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN COMPROMISED. (We can't say just how soon "soon" is, but believe me when I say it's very, VERY soon. I would keep a close eye on the blog and the Watch Dogs Facebook page, if I were you.)

Anne Lewis | Communications Associate
Anne Lewis | Communications Associate

We are working directly with the USPTO on reinstating the trademark for Watch Dogs and it will be active again in the coming days. The matter has no impact on Watch Dogs' development.

Gary Steinman | Communications Manager
Gary Steinman | Communications Manager

Hi Dan. We know it's been a while, and we genuinely appreciate your passion for Watch Dogs. It's this same passion - from the developers all the way through to our corporate overlords - that has driven our decision to delay the game so we can make Watch Dogs the very best it can be. The team is still working hard, and I know they peek into this post and into forums and social media threads... It's great for all of us to hear from people like you, who are driven by your desire for more info on the game. I know you don't want to hear "soon," but stay tuned...

dan0019
dan0019

All I am saying is that most likely it will look great on a PC (Medium-Rare Mignon), I've read that the recent trailer was from PS4 footage, so as a PC Gamer, I am not too worried.

Dan S.
Dan S.

As I do appreciate your reply to my post. You didn't give us any updates. Can you at least post about when you might have an update to post. I know you don't want to give false info so you might be lenient on giving any info, but even letting us have some screenshots to wet our tongues would probably be a nice thing for us.

Eternal Torment
Eternal Torment

For your sake and others like you, I truly hope you get the meal you were promised. I'm being serious. I just cannot bring myself to trust this company anymore. I'm not buying this game and I pray to all that is holy "The Division" doesn't suffer the same kind of fate when it's finally released. So, if they managed to keep the physics, particle effects and rendering in there for you PC guys, more power, man. But we won't see until we see. Good luck.