PS4 gets extra content, Wii U gets extra delays
About time too. Just when our excitement for Watch Dogs reached critical mass, having previewed a production build, interviewed the developers and even tested out the companion app, Ubisoft delayed their anticipated hacking sandbox at the eleventh hour. Then went dark.
The waiting began. The conjecture and concerns deepened. But now we can start to ramp back into hype mode, because Watch Dogs has been officially dated by way of a new trailer! So long as you don't want to buy it on Wii U, that is.
As you'll already know if you greedily devoured the brand new story trailer, Watch Dogs launches worldwide on May 27th for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. That's right, everyone gets it on a Tuesday. With luck, the six months of extra development time will have led to a supremely polished and capable game that lives up to its clear potential. See: the excitement is back.
The PS3 and PS4 versions will ship with sixty minutes of exclusive gameplay, as previously announced during Sony's press conferences last summer. "We're really excited for the launch of Watch Dogs on both PS3 and PS4 and are confident that it will prove to be one of the standout games of 2014," said SCEE third-party recruiter Michael Pattison.
"It's a unique and visionary game and we believe that the exclusive content available via PSN will not only excite gamers, but showcase how PlayStation is a preferred destination for Watch Dogs."
The Wii U version, on the other hand, will ship with an exclusive delay. Ubisoft aren't ready to talk details, but have confirmed that the port will release "at a later date". Sad, but we hope the extra time is spent using the GamePad in exciting convenient ways. Much of the game is spent using touchscreen devices, which ought to translate perfectly onto Nintendo's tragically underrated peripheral.
Watch Dogs promises to blend shooting, traversal, driving, stealth and hacking into a seamless openworld experience that empowers the player with expressive versatile gameplay. We're still unsure of exactly how big its version of Chicago is (they're still unwilling to discuss specifics) and whether its storyline can cut the mustard, but from what I've seen and played, it ought to be an absolute peach barring any major screw-ups.
Who's excited? Who lost their excitement after last year's delay? Who's buying - and on what platform? Let us know in the comments.