Watch Dogs Release Date: Ubisoft Says Game Needs Several Months to Apply Finishing Touches

(Photo: Ubisoft)Characters from the "Watch Dogs" video game by game developer Ubisoft are seen in a screenshot accessed on the company's website on March 8, 2013.

Ubisoft has finally decided on a date to launch its Watch Dogs video game, which has been delayed since last October.

Gary Steinman, Ubisoft communications director, said in the company's blog on Tuesday that Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC versions of Watch Dogs will come out on May 27. Also in the works is a Wii U edition, though the release date is yet to be determined. The delay Wii U delay is another blow to consumers who invested in a console written off by some third-party developers.

Ubisoft Entertainment is a French multinational developer and publisher of video games.

Watch Dogs producer Dominic Guay said in a question and answer session with the Christian Science Monitor that the team from Ubisoft used the delay for applying finishing touches to the game.

According to Guay, the game could already be played completely in the spring of 2013. They had six months ahead to debug and retest, noting that this was more time than what other games need. However he said that since the Watch Dogs game is a new franchise and a new game, the case was they needed more time.

Whether Watch Dogs will deliver on its promise after all the build-up is something that the gaming public is curious about. A similar case involves Thief, another game which was delayed for a lenghty period. When it finally came out, it got less than enthusiastic reviews. 

Chad Sapieha of the Financial Post, who had a hands on preview of the game this week at the company's Motreal facility, said the game is "cearly immense in scope," adding that it is competing with games like Grand Theft Auto "in terms of freedom and world authenticity.

He said themes in the game include privacy, security, and the use of information technology and what constitutes criminal access.

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