Another new feature? In this series I will be looking at a topic that is hot, and picking some of my favourite posts! I will be quoting and linking so make sure to check them out! These posts will have a question posed of you so do leave a comment 😀
When a game gets announced publishers know that the first question they are going to have to field is “When is ‘game x’ out?”
Nowadays; in the digital age, when a game gets announced it is almost always given a tentative date i.e. “Fall 2015”. Its vague and it gives the developers a four month window with which to polish, QA and release.
However there is an art to announcing a release date, too late and you risk people not caring – the internet will be aflame with comments such as “Why are you telling us this is coming now?!?!!?!?” and “TWO YEARS? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?” and of course the cracking out of everyone’s favourite meme:
Announce a game and give a release date that is too early and you risk much more than this…you are risking the franchise, its reputation and its quality.
Personally I would rather that a game gets delayed if it is going to benefit the title and give it a higher quality (it is seldom a bad thing), I don’t mind waiting an extra four months to play a cracking title…it’s better than the alternative:
Already this year we have had three high-profile delays of ‘Zelda’ Wii U (called it BTW), ‘Uncharted 4’ and the most recent of course ‘Quantum Break’. In one of my weaker moments I wondered how the internet was going to react to this news and I searched for “quantum break delay” and read comments.
It did not make for easy reading (although there was some actual rational comments), I will be naming and shaming here, I will link to comments and I will be picking on the best and worst of them and discussing what I think of them. So lets begin:
Gotcha. I’m slightly annoyed by Uncharted 4’s delay, but that’s only because it was one of my most anticipated games. Of course, if it means a better game then all’s good. And yes, Bloodborne has been tremendous in helping me deal with the delay 😉