Sony is not going to be happy. It’s invested a mammoth amount of resources into positioning Watch Dogs as one of the PlayStation 4’s primary launch games – you can even pre-order a bundle featuring the hack happy release from some European retailers – but Ubisoft has decided to delay the game on all platforms until a rather ambiguous window of Spring 2014.

The title had been set to deploy next month on both the PS3 and PS4, but a post from the release’s development team states that it wasn’t comfortable compromising quality in order to hit the fast approaching date. “As we got closer to release, as all of the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place in our last push before completion, it became clear to us that we needed to take the extra time to polish and fine tune each detail so that we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience,” the message explains.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you,” the correspondence continues. “We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the way that you respond on the web, at events, press conferences, and other opportunities we have to interact. Your passion keeps us motivated.”

We got to check out a demo of the sandbox adventure running on the Japanese giant’s next generation machine earlier in the year, and didn’t come away as impressed as we’d anticipated. While this is probably a good move from the French publisher, though, it’s going to leave a huge hole in the PS4’s launch lineup. Were you planning to pick up the sandbox excursion alongside your console? How has this delay changed your plans? Vent your frustration in the comments section below.