Reports have surfaced that PlayStation has canceled pre-orders of Ubisoft’s upcoming open-world action-adventure, Watch Dogs: Legion.
These include Watch Dogs: Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Rainbow Six Quarantine. Ubisoft has pushed back all three to the 2021-2022 fiscal year, beginning April 1, 2020.
Ubisoft head Yves Guillemot noted:
While each of these games already has a strong identity and high potential, we want our teams to have more development time to ensure that their respective innovations are perfectly implemented so as to deliver optimal experiences for players.
The lackluster critical response and sharp community criticism of Ubisoft’s recently launched Ghost Recon Breakpoint had a part to play in the decision. Invasive monetization and a litany of bugs plague the tactical shooter.
At the time, Guillemot stated that the delay to Watch Dogs: Legion – initially slated for release on March 3, 2020 – could last a month or more.
PlayStation has begun sending out emails advising of the cancellation of pre-orders for the game, raising concerns around the length of the delay.
One concerned Twitter user received the following response from the official Watch Dogs: Legion handle:
Due to the game delay of Watch Dogs: Legion, all pre-orders on the PlayStation Store have been automatically canceled and refunded, per Sony PlayStation’s policy. Once a new release date is set for the game, pre-orders will resume on the PlayStation Store for all Watch Dogs fans.
The specifics of the policy are unclear. But the latest news does suggest a delay long enough to warrant canceling the pre-orders.
During a Q&A session following the publication of Ubisoft’s quarterly earnings in October, Guillemot revealed that Watch Dogs: Legion, alongside four other titles (including two unannounced AAA projects), are releasing as cross-generation titles.
The five titles will be on this generation and next generation of consoles, and they will take full advantage of all the new features that are coming with the machines. Which are actually going to be extremely interesting for players, as you’ll be able to download new content a lot faster. Players will experience better frame rate, so there are lots of very good elements that will come with those new machines.
In the context of Watch Dogs: Legion, this raises concerns that the delay will bring a release date nearer to the end of the year. This will line up its release with the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.