Delay Bandwagon: List of Video Games Delayed to 2015
It has become customary to announce a game about one year in advance and then delay it another year so gamers can prepare themselves mentally to either be let down or completely wowed. It is good that publishers are allowing developers to continue working on their games so they can be truly completed when gamers purhcase them. The problem is, though, that there are simply too many developers delaying games these days. Here is a list of the major delays that have occurred in the recent months.
Announced at E3 2013, WB Games was supposed to release Avalanche Studios’ Mad Max game this summer, but opted to release it sometime in 2015 instead. There is a possibility that Warner Bros. wanted to release the game alongside their Mad Max reboot, Mad Max: Fury Road, that releases in theaters next year.
Tom Clancy’s The Division was previously slated to release sometime in 2014, presumably Fall 2014, but we kind of all knew it was going to be delayed to 2015, which it has been. At least Ubisoft will be giving us Far Cry 4 to play in the meantime.
The Witcher 3
CD Projekt Red recently announced that The Witcher 3 would be delayed to February 2015 due to the project being so complex, it requires “special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again.” If that means the game is in working condition and only improves on what we’ve seen thus far, then I’m all for it being delayed (sort of).
The Order 1886
A few days ago Ready At Dawn showed off some new gameplay for their PS4 exclusive, The Order 1886, then subsequently announced that it will be coming in 2015…not 2014. “As we look to bring this experience to the players,” said Ready At Dawn creative director Ru Weerasuriya, “we have decided to spend some extra time to deliver on the promise we made when we first introduced the game. As such, you can expect The Order: 1886 to come exclusively to the PlayStation 4 in early 2015.”
Techland’s zombie horror game, Dying Light, was delayed to February 2015 so the developers wouldn’t sacrifice any of the game’s potential by releasing it early. “After many improvements and months of hard work, we have now come so close to realizing our initial vision we feel we cannot stop before it is ready,” said Techland. “We believe the Natural Movement element of our game will change what you expect from the genre, and we don’t want to sacrifice any of its potential by releasing too early. This quality-focused thinking underlines all our development choices and we hope you share our belief that the gameplay must always come first.”
Yesterday, in a new trailer for Remedy’s Quantum Break, creative director Sam Lake said the game will be coming in 2015. This makes sense considering the game will have a live-action TV show tie-in.
This is not a game, but still a part of the video game industry. Valve’s Steam Controller designer Eric Hope said that the will be delaying the accessory’s release to 2015. Here’s why: “We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It’s generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we’ll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it’s also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we’re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.”
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