This week saw the unexpected delay of one of the most eagerly anticipated titles of the Winter period and a key launch title for the PS4 & Xbox One, as Ubisoft announced that Watch Dogs has been set back from its initial launch date of November 19th to early 2014. In a blog post, Ubisoft said:
“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.”
The statement also confirmed that open-world racer The Crew (which I recently got hands on with at Eurogamer)would be delayed as well. The company have said that customers who have preordered next-gen consoles bundled with Watch Dogs will be able to swap the title for another game.
It’s a real shame, because both games were things that I was really looking forward to that might have convinced me to buy into the next generation early. Oh well, back to the Steam backlog I go…
In a live video stream aired earlier this morning at 11am GMT, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced to the world that Pokemon will be entering into its sixth generation with two new games – Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. The games will be in 3D (a first for the handheld games in the series) exclusively on the 3DS handheld console, and for the first time the games will be getting a synchronized worldwide release later this year, in October 2013.
The video showed off the three new starters for the sixth generation, as well as two new unidentified legendaries which will presumably act as the mascots for the two versions. The video also showed snippets of gameplay, including what appears to be a much more cinematic flow to battling. You can watch the video in HD via the link below.
What do we reckon then? It was inevitable that the series was going to make the transition to 3D at some point; I was surprised that Black & White 2 were available on the DS. What intrigues me the most is how quickly the new generation has come around – usually there is a bigger gap between titles. Here’s hoping they don’t rush it for the October release date.