Ubisoft today released a statement announcing the delay of Watch_Dogs to 2014 followed by an explanation of why the made this, quite frankly, sudden decision. In the statement, the teams behind the series justify the delay with a need to develop the game in such a way that it embodies what they define as a next-generation video game experience. You can full statement below.

Watch_Dogs development teams: “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 every 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 during other opportunities we have to interact. Your passion is what drives us.

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.”

Of course, there could be other reasons as to why the game has been delayed such as a fear of releasing too close to the recently launched Grand Theft Auto V or a fear or sabotaging the numbers of their upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag title.

On the more positive front, this also means that the Wii U will be getting at least one triple-A title in 2014 meaning that Watch_Dogs will have a better chance of performing well on the platform, as the Wii U is expected to considerably pick up in numbers over the holidays after the release of Mario Kart 8 in Spring.

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