Next Gen Launch Day Title Delays – Watch Dogs and DriveClub
When gaming consoles are launched, the games that are available to play on them are pretty important in the minds of core gamers. There is nothing worse than lining up and midnight, getting that expensive tech, and then not having ANYTHING fun to play on it. With last weeks delays of multiple games, that fear continues to grow.
Last week, Ubisoft tried to soften the blow of the poor performance of Rayman Legends and Splinter Cell Blacklist by delaying the release of two major titles that were expected to be available for both next gen platforms. Watch Dogs and open world racer The Crew have been delayed until 2014. Here’s an explanation from the developer of Watch Dogs:
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.
Then, to rub salt in the wound, the highly anticipated game DriveClub was delayed as well. Here’s a bit from the announcment on Sony’s Blog:
This decision also affects PlayStation Plus members’ Instant Game Collection for launch. To be clear, DRIVECLUB PlayStation Plus Edition will still be part of the Instant Game Collection when it is released. For the PS4 launch, in addition to Resogun, I’m pleased to announce that Contrast, the highly anticipated game from Compulsion Games will also be available to PlayStation Plus members for free as part of Instant Game Collection. If you’re not aware of Contrast, it will whisk you away to a surreal vaudevillian, film-noir inspired reality full of performance, intrigue, shadow-play and drama. Please check out the trailer below. I’m sure you’ll agree that it is unlike anything you will have played before.
To ease your nerves, my friends, here is the listing of the games to date that will still be available:
Xbox One: Dead Rising 3, The Fighter Within, Crimson Dragon, Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct, LocoCycle, Powerstar Golf, Ryse: Son of Rome, Zoo Tycoon, Zumba Fitness World Party
PlayStation 4: Killzone: Shadow Fall, DC Universe Online, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Warframe, War Thunder, Contrast, Blacklight:Retribution, Escape-Plan, Flow, Flower, Pinball Arcade, Putty Squad, Resogun, SoundShapes, Super Motherload, Switch Galaxy Ultra, Tiny Brains
Both Consoles At Launch: Assassin’s Creed IV, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Fifa 14, Just Dance 2014, Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2k14, NBA Live 14, Need for Speed: Rivals