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February Is The New October Or Scheduling Game Releases Is A Big “Fuck You” To Gamers

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Evolve, originally slated for an October release has been delayed to February 10, 2015. I am assuming most gamers know this by now, but this was just a jumping off point for something else.

October was loaded with game releases. Almost to an asinine extent. Alien: Isolation, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Project Spark, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, WWE 2K15, The Evil Within, Sunset Overdrive and more all in a one month period with November seeing the release of Far Cry 4, Little Big Planet 3 and Call of Duty. Meanwhile December looks like a barren wasteland.

Some games began moving away from October. Shadow of Mordor moved up a week to September 30, Dragon Age went to November and Evolve as I wrote earlier. This has eased the pressure just a bit, but now a new problem is arising for gamers; February is becoming loaded. The Witcher 3, The Order: 1886, Dying Light, Evolve are releasing in February with Batman: Arkham Knight rumored to be coming out also. Holy empty wallet.

Now don’t get me wrong, I know developers need time to finish their games. Delays do not bother me. Shigeru Miyamoto has said “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad” and I wholly believe that. It is publishers releasing these games in a barrage that no gamer can ever hope to afford. I know there are investors and quarterly numbers to hit because, business, but there are also 52 weeks in a year. Will it hurt the bottom line if a game moves from October to early November, or from February to the first week of March?

As a gamer that tries to play every game I possibly can, I am sure I am not alone saying the way overused line “help me help you”. I want to buy what you have! You don’t have to send out your snake oil sellers and convince me to buy a game. We just need a little help. Believe me, you would be surprised how many more games people can afford if they are just given a few weeks time. They will find the money. This is our crack. We want your shit. Give us a chance to hit you up for it.

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