WatchDogs delayed!

So Watch_Dogs, Ubisoft’s most anticipated new IP this year, got delayed by over six months. I won’t deny the fact that I’m slightly disappointed because I wanted to try out the game, and especially try out my new Rig on games that come out, I guess I always have Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag for that, but the AC franchise was never something that blew me away visually to be honest. 

What intrigues me the most about this delay is that it was done so close to launch. In case someone’s not aware, Watch Dogs was supposed to release just next month, in November! They obviously knew the repercussions to if they went ahead with delaying the game, as Ubisoft’s shares seem to have dropped a whopping 22% after the announcement, which was to be expected. And despite that, Ubisoft seems calm, so I’m going to go ahead and say it without having played the game, that Watch Dogs is probably going to be one hell of a game, rivalling even GTA 5, either that or Ubisoft is utterly stupid, and I sincerely doubt it’s the latter.
The reason why it was delayed? I’m guessing it was either broken or they wanted to make it even better and not because of Grand Theft Auto as everyone is presuming, either way though, they have a lot of expectations to live upto now that they’ve delayed the game by almost 6 months, so I’m even more interested in playing this game now! (When it releases ofcourse!!)

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Ubisoft posted the following statement from the Watch Dogs development team on the Ubisoft Blog:

“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.”

 

Ubisoft also released the following separate statement from CEO Yves Guillemot:

“Our long term goal is to win the next generation. The tough decisions we are taking today to fully realize the major potential of our new creations have an impact on our short-term performance. We are convinced that, longer term, they will prove to be the right decisions both in terms of satisfaction for our fans and in terms of value creation for our shareholders. We are building franchises that will become perennial pillars of Ubisoft’s financial performance. In a context of growing successes for mega-blockbusters, the additional time given to the development of our titles will allow them to fulfill their huge ambitions and thus offer players even more exceptional experiences.

Fueled by strong momentum for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, calendar 2014 will see the return of growth to the console market. Combined with the quality of our line-up and our strong financial situation, this growth will allow us to achieve record operating income in fiscal 2014-15 and 2015-16.”

 

Microtransactions and GTA 5?!

Now I know this is a bit late, but I’m sure most of you’ve already heard that GTA 5 online will have microtransactions in it. As in you’ll be able to buy GTA 5 money with your real life money! 

This doesn’t really come as a surprise to me as GTA 5 online will have a persistent world, and it’ll need to maintain it’s servers somehow, right? (Even though the game earned a billion dollars in about 3 days!!) What most people are worried about though, is that, will this change make the game pay to win?! This is an on going discussion at the moment over the internetz since players have complained that earning cash in GTA 5 is increasingly difficult then the previous GTA games and that Rockstar might have made these changes in order to rope in some more cash while they’re at it. But, I’ll go ahead and give you my direct opinion, I sincerely doubt it! 

First of all, the guns and cars and all the upgrades related to said equipment are relatively cheap, you certainly won’t require a million dollars to upgrade your choice of weapon or vehicle unless you’re planning on robbing a bank with an passenger jet and a power armour! So, it’s safe to say that you won’t fall behind on actual progression or competitive gameplay.

From my experience of the game so far, it seems like that you need the excessive amount of money to buy yourself luxury items (Like that 1 million dollar car!) that you probably won’t use and will occupy useless space till you decide to throw it away, just like in real life! Good examples would be mansions or boats or I don’t know… the Titanic?! 
(Look, I haven’t even completed the game yet so I barely know everything there is to know about GTA 5, who knows, there might be a Titanic and you just don’t know about it yet!)

Whatever the case, it’s safe to assume that you can easily compete with others even if you don’t buy GTA cash from Rockstar, because at the end of the day, you have a thing called the Stock Market inside the game, and if you’re smart enough, you can easily earn millions from that! Over on top of that, Rockstar has also stated that it’ll be easy for you to earn cash online compared to earning cash in the single player story mode for Grand Theft Auto 5!
This is the original statement from Rockstar which I’m referring to, “the economy is balanced differently from the single player economy, and cash earned in one cannot be taken over to the other. Most players will earn cash much faster Online than in Story Mode.” 

GTA 5 PC Coming earlier than expected?

Seems like my predictions of an earlier PC release for GTA 5 might have been correct after all!
(MIGHT! Still not 100% sure. So read on with a truckload of salt.)

Time to bring you guys into the loop! Now; I’ve always told everyone I know that Rockstar probably won’t be making the same mistake as GTA 4, where the game released on PC 6 months after it’s console release, which obviously as we’ve observed, wasn’t the best of decisions. 

And recently I posted an article where I mentioned a rumoured GTA 5 PC release date, i.e. November 22nd along with a few screenshots of GTA 5 running on PC posted by a dude named Devbuild on Reddit who claimed to be a beta tester for Rockstar.
While most say that the screenshots are fake, the rumoured PC release date, seems to be more accurate than everyone previously thought! Why?! Because two online retail stores: Gameseek and Zavvi, have now also leaked release dates for GTA 5 on PC!!! 
While the former lists a release date for November 22, 2013, while the latter has it coming out on December 6, 2013.

It’s also worth noting that both the German and France sides of Amazon also list GTA 5 for PC, though they refrain from mentioning a release date.

Want even More confirmation on why I think a PC port is definitely on it’s way?! Well read on –
Reddit user Hal_Nein_Thousand is responsible for leaking the GTA V PC references from the PlayStation 3 build of the game. The site also has a line-by-line breakdown of the relevant bits of code, which seem to confirm that GTA V PC will ship with support for 64-bit memory, DirectX 11, 2K textures and more. 

Assuming the rumours are true though, those thinking about picking up a copy of the GTA V PC port (if/when it launches) may very well need to make upgrade a few components in their gaming rigs, depending on how modern your machine may/may not be. Previously, it’s been suggested that a hypothetical GTA V PC port would likely have system requirements similar to those of Max Payne 3, which doesn’t necessarily require a top-of-the-line machine, but does require a bit of power to run with all of the various graphical settings maxed out.

Credits : 
http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/20010/20130923/gta-v-pc-release-date-seems-following.htm

Grand Theft Auto 5 PC Release date leaked?

We advice our readers to take this with a HUGE planetsized grain of salt.

Reddit user Devbuild has released some photos of an alleged GTA V running on his personal computer. The account claims that the game is currently in beta, but will be eventually released for PCs on November 22.

The user claims to be a Rockstar Toronto beta tester who just received dev build of GTA V PC version. As proof, DevBuild also shared few screenshots (of GTA V PC version) on Reddit.

In addition to screens, DevBuild also revealed some details regarding stats of GTA V PC port, “30/60 fps lock(swap) lock 1280×720 (1920×1080 with black bars like LA NOIRE) Middle graphics lock Good optimization (GTX 550 50~60fps)”

When some Reddit users Asked DevBuild to give some proof for verification that he indeed works for Rockstar Games Toronto, there wasn’t any further replies.

Source :
http://www.kpopstarz.com/articles/42131/20130919/gta-v-pc-release-date.htm
http://www.gamepur.com/news/12123-gta-v-pc-port-already-beta-testing-phase-first-screens-leaked.html

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GTA 5 / Watch Dogs.

More and more rumours and evidence alike points to a PC release, and even exclusive PC content for Grand Theft Auto 5. I know it’s wishful thinking but if they announce a PC version on 1st of October, when GTA online goes live, I’ll be stoked! 
But I guess I shouldn’t rely on wishful thinking! So I’m just going to wait for Watch Dogs and hope that it’s an equally good game if not far better than GTA 5! 

Ubisoft has never really let me down, I’ve always loved them and none of their games ever seriously disappointed me. I mean, all of their recent games were definitely above average if nothing else and with amazing games coming from the same studio such as Child of Light, Valiant Hearts: The Great War and ofcourse the last but definitely not the least, Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag. 

Ubisoft definitely has an amazing line up ahead of them but I really want to quench my thirst for GTA 5 and since their PC release isn’t anywhere near in sight and probably won’t be anytime soon, my hope is on Watch Dogs to be an equally good open world game and atleast replace, if not surpass GTA 5 (Which is kind of Wishful thinking since GTA 5 has set the bars amazingly high!) But hey, one can hope right? And to be honest, I don’t expect AC4 to blow me away, I’m a fan of the series and I don’t think there’s anything in the game that is just making me beg to play it. It’ll definitely be a good game no doubt, but exceptional like GTA 5? Nah, I don’t think so, I’ll give that benefit of my doubt to Watch Dogs as I’ve stated previously!