Watch Dogs’ budget was over $68 million prior to delay

Posted under News, Wii U
January 15, 2014 by (@NE_Brian)
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With game development costs on the rise, it should come as no surprise that Watch Dogs has costed tens of millions for Ubisoft. Specifically, executive producer Stéphane Decroix told French business publication Challenges last year (before the end of year delay) that the game’s budget was in excess of 50 million euros. That amounts to about $68 million.

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  • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

    wow… that’s a lot of money. I’m really hoping the wii u version will be complete and with a lot of gamepad features

    • Michael Mullins

      Since Assassin’s Creed IV on Wii U was pretty much a lazy 360 port with some minor Gamepad features tacked on, I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

      • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

        yeah, I know// but I don’t think this is any indication.. because its a different team with different budget and longer development cycle

        • D2K

          Ubisoft claims that it won’t look as good as the PS4 and XB1 versions so that means it’s probably ported off 360 code. At best it will look as good as games like NFS:MWU and Deus Ex. Hopefully it will be optimized.

          • Rodrigo Coelho Costa Junior

            agree, hopefully it will be optimized (I think it will)

          • Michael Mullins

            Ideally it would look better than Need for Speed: Most Wanted U, since I seem to remember the team that worked on it saying that it wasn’t optimized for the Wii U’s newer architecture and heavily implied that the system would be capable of much more than what they produced. Not sure if the team that’s doing the Watch Dogs port cares nealy as much.

          • D2K

            That’s pretty impressive considering that there was no clipping, pop-up, or frame rate issues that I could see on the game.

          • Rinslowe

            True they admitted to using a small team and had the game running on Wii U within hours not days.
            Seems they also implied most of their benefits came from Wii U’s memory set up, large caches and eDRAM etc…
            Some opitmisation would have been done to get the game running at a stable 30fps as most ports lack comparable performance compared to last gen versions in that respect. So bravo to Criterion there.
            I’m a little worried about that aspect tbh though with Ubisoft. Most of their ports so far although looking the part have had framerate issues, probably due to no real optimisiations being made for Wii U’s stark CPU differences.

          • Michael Mullins

            I believe Shin’en mentioned at one point that a quick way to get better graphics out of a Wii U game if you’re coming from 360/PS3 development is to use the much larger eDRAM cache that the system has to work with. I wish more developers would at least do that instead of giving us cheap ports that have pretty much no differences except a less stable framerate.

  • Rinslowe

    If gamepad support is as good as Deus Ex DC, then Wii U will be the version to get. Hopefully performance is stable as well.

    • http://lwiis64.deviantart.com/ L.A.C.

      I don’t remember were, but I am pretty sure they said that the Wii U version will not have much Gamepad controls. If it’s true, it is a waste since the game seems born to be played with a Gamepad controller.

      • Rinslowe

        That is strange. Because I remember Ubisoft dev’s saying it would be definitely utilising gamepad support as much as possible…

        “On the Wii U you can play on the GamePad screen. There are no new features or anything like that – it’s the same game but we’re optimising the controls for the beast that is the Wii U GamePad.”

        If I’m reading that correctly, there won’t be any new features just for Wii U, but there is already will be optimised and mapped for use on the gampad specifically…

        • http://lwiis64.deviantart.com/ L.A.C.

          Yes. At least something. It doesn’t have to be new features specifically design for the Gamepad.

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