Watch Dogs Downgrade Backlash Made Ubisoft Change Its Policy When Showing Games

By Mike Sousa on July 7, 2015, 4:26PM EST

Watch Dogs is one of those games that is always remembered for its graphical downgrade and overall disappointment, due to how the game changed since the trailers shown in 2012, rather that its unique features and gameplay. Ubisoft is aware of this, which led the publisher to change its policy toward showing and revealing games at this year's E3.

"With E3 2015 we said, OK, let's make sure the games are playable, that they're running on the target machines," Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told The Guardian. "When we show something, we ask the team, make sure it's playable, make sure gamers can immediately see exactly what it is. That's what we learned from the Watch Dogs experience "“ if it can't be played on the target machine, it can be a risk."

Guillemot states that the development of Watch Dogs was a real challenge, but overall, it was good first step, since the first title in a franchise is never perfect.

"It's a real challenge to create those types of games. When they come out, especially the first iterations, they are not perfect on everything. We think we launched a good quality game for a first step in a new brand with a new technology. It's just so complex "“ seamless multiplayer, connectivity with mobile and tablets, so many things "“ it was maybe a bit too much for a first iteration."

"We're incredibly happy with the sales of the game and the experiences that the people are having. So it's a franchise. It goes into the franchise barn and now we figure out what to do next. It's something that we can build on now."

Do you think that Watch Dogs is still a great game despite its downgrade? How different was Ubisoft's conference at this year's E3? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: The Guardian

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