Mark your calendars. It turns out gamers will not have to suffer through the annual console gaming drought. Game studios saw this amazing thing called a calendar, and realized people have the summer off. And are willing to spend on potential triple-A titles. Watch Dogs received its official launch date of May 27 alongside a story trailer.
The game has been known to the public for almost two years now, and had a last-minute delay last holiday season. It was originally slated for a November 19, 2013 release date. “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,” Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said on the delay.
Ubisoft’s delay left Playstation scrambling, as they had already sold off numerous bundles with the game attached to the console. Earlier this year, the game was given the a quarterly release date from ‘April to June’. It looks like Ubisoft wanted to ride directly up to the end of that self-imposed deadline.
Gamers wanting to play the game early will be glad to know that a worldwide beta is in the works. No word on the exact release date of that, but the official twitter feed is a good spot to keep in the loop.
With the release of the game in the midst of the summer movie season, hopefully it can show game studios they do not have to back-end every possible triple-A title into the holiday season. Spreading them out across the year could lead to a greater attachment rate and higher sales figures, on what would have otherwise have been games that run the risk of being labeled an ‘also ran’.
Below is the full story trailer for Watch Dogs. It will be available for every major console on May 27, and the Wii U at a later date.