Update 2: Well, that was fast. GameStop said that if people opt to replace their bundle with a different one, they will still get it on launch day.
Update: The people who pre-ordered the Watch Dogs Xbox One or PlayStation 4 bundle at GameStop have a few options, a representative from the company told me.
“With the news that Ubisoft has delayed the release of the highly-anticipated title Watch Dogs until next year, GameStop is contacting customers who had reserved PlayStation 4 and Xbox One bundles featuring the game. Customers can elect to keep their current bundle orders and their consoles will ship as scheduled with the game shipping separately once it is available or customers can choose another bundle to replace their current order. Customers should also note that there may be a difference in the price if selecting another bundle and that all reserved orders will be charged upon shipment.”
I asked if replacement bundles still get a launch day guarantee. I’ll update this should it respond.
As for Amazon pre-orders, the company says it will still ship the bundles out, but without the game, according to Kotaku. It’s still unclear if people will have to wait for the game or if they will get another in exchange.
Ubisoft has delayed both Watch Dogs and The Crew until 2014.
Open-world noire game Watch Dogs was originally scheduled to launch next month alongside the next-generation consoles. Now, it’s on-track for a Spring 2014 release.
The Crew, an action driving game from Ubisoft Reflections, has moved from its first quarter 2014 release date to a second quarter fiscal year 2015 date–which runs from July 2014 to September 2015.
It’s unclear what happens to those who pre-ordered the Watch Dogs PlayStation 4 or Xbox One bundles. We’ve sent out the appropriate emails and will update the post should we hear back.
“Our long term goal is to win the next generation,” Ubsioft CEO Yves Guillemot said in a prepared statement. “The tough decisions we are taking today to fully realize the major potential of our new creations have an impact on our short-term performance. We are convinced that, longer term, they will prove to be the right decisions both in terms of satisfaction for our fans and in terms of value creation for our shareholders. We are building franchises that will 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.”