I think it’s fair to say that October was going to bend and break a lot of wallets this year. For some reason publishers and developers decided that October was the perfect month to release their game, creating a sort of logjam. Take a look at October 7 for example. One week ago, there were 5 higher profile games being released on that date: Dragon Age Inquisition, Shadow of Mordor, Alien: Isolation, DriveClub, and NBA 2k15. Granted, that’s not everything that’s being planned for release on that day, but you get the picture.
Something had to give right?
With Comic-Con coming and going this past weekend, we actually learned that some of the planned October games are no longer in their pre-determined spots, with one even missing 2014 entirely. Honestly, with the amount of content on the way in October alone, this is only a good thing. So lets have a look at who’s on the move, shall we?
Lets hit the bad news first. The delays.
For those of you looking for a new Battlefield fix, it won’t be this year. Battlefield Hardline, being developed by the Dead Space studio, Visceral Games, was recently pushed from it’s October 2014 time slot into a less clear ‘early 2015’ window. EA did provide some details on why the game was delayed and it seems to have hinged on a lot of player feedback they had received during the beta period.
This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better,” a post on EA’s Battlelog reads. “The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.
Considering the kind of rocky start Battlefield 4 had, perhaps this delay to Hardline will be for the best for the game and for reassuring fans that a launch like that won’t happen again.
The bad news continued for EA who then delivered another blow by announcing that the next much anticipated entry into their Dragon Age franchise was also being pushed out of it’s October 7 release date. Dragon Age Inquisition instead will now be releasing on November 18, so not a huge delay but one that will surely disappoint fans. Reasons for the delay were much more vague and no specifics were given.
Typically, we only hear about games getting pushed back, so when a game gets pushed forward, it’s a wonderful surprise. Thankfully, in this case, it’s the game that seems to be sweeping critics by storm, Shadow of Mordor. Perhaps in an effort to get away from the (former) October 7 crush of games and to capitalize on all of the good press and excitement, Warner Bros announced that it has moved the highly anticipated title forward by a week to September 30 in North America and October 2 for the rest of the world. Now that is a change I can get behind!