If Ubisoft had launched its ambitious cyberpunk sandbox game Watch Dogs on its original release date, to coincide with the arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, it would have been the highest rated out of all the launch titles. That's according to Ubisoft's North American president Laurent Detoc.
Speaking to IGN, he explained how the decision to the delay the game for additional polish was a hard one to take, but that he believes the wait will result in an even stronger game.
"I actually believe that Watch Dogs could have ended up being the best-rated game on next gen if it came out at launch. We wanted it to be even higher. The whole package is there already," Detoc said, before going on to compare it to the long wait for Grand Theft Auto V.
"Without sending them too many flowers, the guys at Rockstar have showed us again that if you make a 96-percent game, people will come," Detoc explained. "Watch Dogs, I can only hope we get to that level. There's an attachment to the brand, in the case of GTA, that makes people really want to give it that 100-percent review. We'll be missing that on Watch Dogs until we go further, potentially. That's what we're after."
Watch Dogs puts players in the shoes of Aiden Pearce, a hacker on the run in near future Chicago. You'll be able to hack into the city's automated systems to help you achieve your objectives and clear your name.
It's now due for release in Spring 2014 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U and PC.