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.”

 

Random #1… Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag.

So I’m planning on pre-ordering AC4: Black Flag. Mostly because I’m a fanboy of the series and I am biased towards the game, I just love it too much! 
The hype however, seems to be getting bigger and bigger about this game, and I sincerely think that this might be the assassin who can not only succeed Ezio, but also surpass him in popularity and badassery! And it’s just making me SOO more eager to play the game…. ugh… Wish late November could come sooner >_<“

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Talking about the Assassins Creed franchise reminds me about stuff I’d definitely like to see in it’s upcoming games.
I would love to see our assassins avatars wear different parts of clothes rather than wearing entire sets which can’t be modified in any way other than colour and also the hat should be a cosmetic item that we can take off whenever we feel like, like a let’s say… “Press H to put your hood down/up” button. I would definitely want to see something like that since it’ll grant players their own unique identity while playing the game. even though everyone would be playing the same character at the end of the day. 

Half Life 3 confirmed by Valve and it might just be a SteamOS Exclusive!

Video game developer Valve is confirming that it is currently working actively on Half-Life 3 via its internal User Picker tool, which it uses to track projects and manage the personnel involved with them.

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The tool is actually, not meant to be seen by the public, but the secretive company seems to have made a blunder and has made it accessible to the public and fans of the series were able to see new entries for both Half-Life 3 and for Half-Life 3 Core, which we’re guessing is the Engine the game is going to be using. 

According to Gematsu, there are about 46 people at Valve currently working on the game itself and another 10 linked to the Core project. If you ask me? I doubt it was a blunder but rather the studio itself might have deliberately offered outsiders access to its internal tools to confirm Half-Life 3 work without making an official announcement. Nice way to get the hype going eh? So, what I’m trying to say is, This is it guys, Half Life 3 is pretty much confirmed and is in development and will be released within the next 2.5 years at the latest or within 3 months at its earliest. Why do I say that? Well that’s because recently, an European trademark has also been filed for the title and the trademark Valve has registered, needs to be used within 3 months of time and if they can’t, the trademark becomes invalid. They can however, extend the use of the trademark upto 5 times, and each time they extend, it grants them 6 more months of time. So if you do the math, that’s why we say, 2.5 years! 

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Valve is also working on its own OS and on hardware, i.e. the SteamOS and the Steam Machine. So accordingly we’re going to make an obvious guess, i.e. we’re going to believe that Half Life 3 along with any other games Valve is releasing will be exclusive to the SteamOS, so as to make people use their new products, and what better way to do it then release one of the most long awaited games in all of history? (In case you don’t remember, Half Life 2 was launched way back in 2004!!!) Why will it be a SteamOS exclusive and not a Steam Box exclusive you ask? As I already stated in a previous article, we already mentioned how Valve has already stated that PC users need not buy a Steam Machine if they do not want to, so I doubt they’re going to go back on their statement and suddenly offer a console exclusive game and let their PC gamer fan base down, which more or less makes up for all of it’s fan base to begin with, for the moment atleast! 

Machinima’s Inside Gaming has also speculated that the next round of games that Valve releases might be bundled and sold using the name “Steam Box”, a name which was predicted to be Valve’s upcoming hardware only to be found out that it was rather named the Steam Machine. Why Steam Box? Easy, the previous bundle was called the Orange Box! It was a Box. Hence Steam Box! 

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But in all seriousness, the speculation might just be true if you ask me! And if it turns out to be true, Are you ready to play some brand new Valve Games?