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Watch Dogs delay will damage Xbox One and PS4 sales, suggests analyst

"But absolutely it's the right decision if there's something glitchy."

We don't normally report on analyst commentary round these parts, but I thought the below was interesting: IDC's videogame research manager Lewis Ward has suggested to the BBC that the delayed release of much-hyped open worlder Watch Dogs will take a bite out of next generation console sales.

"I think it was going to be one of the drivers for initial games-console bundle sales and will probably push back some of the hardware sales that would have happened right out of the gate for Sony and Microsoft," he told the broadcaster. "But absolutely it's the right decision if there's something glitchy or there's some game-balance factor that is off.

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"There's a lot of interconnections between the things you can control in the game and how the story then unfolds, so I can only assume there's some factor with the incredibly complex open-world gameplay that's off. But there's no reason Ubisoft can't still deliver what they hoped to do with this game."

The game was originally down to release in November, in time for the launch of Xbox One and PS4, but will now see daylight in spring 2014. Ubisoft has also pushed back its next gen open world racer The Crew from mid to late 2014. Discussing both delays in an earnings call, CEO Yves Guillemot insisted that this would help the publisher's new IPs 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," he said.

Watch Dogs has the makings of a classic - it's a modern day thriller set in Chicago, which allows you to hack into systems like traffic lights and security cameras using a tricked-out smartphone. Here's our most recent hands-on. Are you planning to postpone your next gen console purchase in light of this week's news?

Ta, Videogamer.

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