Last week, rumors started to run rampant that pre-orders for the Wii U version of Ubisoft’s upcoming game Watch Dogs were being cancelled due to the game itself being cancelled for release on the Nintendo console. Ubisoft and Nintendo were both quick to announce that the game had not been cancelled, and pre-orders were still being accepted at stores.
Despite the public denial, rumors have continued to spread about the demise of the game on the Wii U, and its impending cancellation. To make matters worse, Nintendo released the list of confirmed Wii U games set for release in 2014, and, to much dismay, Watch Dogs was not on the list. Now, this could be a simply, and subtle, way of announcing that the game isn’t going to release for the system in 2014, but will instead release in 2015. However, the game not even being mentioned at all only opens up the discussion about its shelving even more.
We have reached out to Nintendo for comment, and will update the story as soon as we know more.
Mike’s Musings: If the rumors are true and Watch Dogs has, in fact, been delayed, then this could be a crushing blow to the Wii U. This game is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, and if it doesn’t appear on the Wii U, then they are going to lose out on a serious chance to try and get back into the console race. I mean, it could just be an error on the part of the company for failing to mention the game, but that would be a pretty big error. Even with major titles like Super Smash Bros., Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze and Mario Kart 8 releasing this year, losing a major third-party game like Watch Dogs would only be another major black eye to a company that has had plenty of them over the past year and a half.
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