Watch Dogs could have been the highest-rated PS4 and Xbox One launch title, and now with its delay will be even better, Ubisoft North American president Laurent Detoc has told IGN.
"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," Detoc explained. "The whole package is there already."
Despite his confidence in Watch Dogs, however, Detoc believes that the likes of GTA 5 get an easier ride with the critics because of an existing brand attachment.
"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. Watch Dogs, I can only hope we get to that level," he said. "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 is now set to launch between April and June 2014.
Having experienced the new generation launch line-ups it is difficult to argue with Detoc that Watch Dogs had a good shot at being the highest-rated title. But whether or not GTA 5 has stolen its thunder remains to be seen.