Patience is a virtue. The Bible says in Hebrews 6:11-12 that “we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Anything that we have to wait for is typically worth the waiting, and the same can be said for video game releases. We anticipate a new game, hear and/or read the official announcement, keep track through previews, screenshots, trailers, and gameplay footage, plop down cash to reserve said game, anticipate the coming release date, then BAM; the game’s delayed for a few more months! Check out the three games I was looking forward to playing this late-spring and fall that are now being delayed until next year after the break.
New Release Date: Q1 2013
(Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Wow, I have so many fond memories of the first game on PC in 1996, and would like to forget some of the sequels (except II, Anniversary and Underworld). Developer Crystal Dynamics has been working very hard for a while rebooting the Tomb Raider franchise, taking Lara Croft back to her origin story on her very first adventure. Unfortunately, the action title (to be published by Square Enix) wasn’t quite ready to make its original release date, and the game’s delay was announced on May 14. Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher said in a statement that they were working to make “the best game of our careers” as well as a product at the quality level that gamers “deserve.” Keep your ears glued here on the blog for updates during E3 2012.
Former Release Date: October 16, 2012
New Release Date: February 2013
(Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
BioShock Infinite was delayed early this month, and the game was developer Irrational Games’ first project since having success with 2007’s BioShock (one of my favorite games, which too was delayed). The game is set to take place in 1912 and serve as a prequel to the two existing games in the series; I think I’m starting to notice a pattern, here. Anyway, Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine issued a to-the-point statement to fans, saying : “We’ve uncovered opportunities to make Infinite into something even more extraordinary.” Since recent gameplay videos have rendered me impressed so far — and a probable given that the delay will make the game better, given BioShock’s success — I have high hopes for BioShock Infinite (especially after putting down cash for my copy).
New Release Date: January 15, 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
Another game series I have fond memories of (not counting the flaming awfulness of part 2), developer Ninja Theory was working on a reboot of the popular fast-paced action series Devil May Cry, entitled “DmC”. The game itself is also an origin story –and yet another one; the theme has been noticed — of series protagonist Dante, going back to his teenage years. The project originally had a very vague release schedule of “sometime in 2012” with little updates regarding a solid release date, so after it was announced that it would be delayed until 2013, I was not surprised to say the least. Again, I’ll be looking forward to more info at E3 2012. Also, a PC version is in the works, slated to launch “later in 2013.” Who wants to predict a future delay for the PC port with such a solid release window?
Bottom line, if the delay is made to improve the game and make it better, I can stand waiting a few more extra months. I’m sure the final product will be worth it.