Every year, it seems dozens of highly anticipated games have their release dates shuffled around. While we’re used to video game delays, it’s still upsetting to hear that you have to wait longer. 2012’s holiday video game line-up has already lost three big titles to 2013. Why have these games been delayed and will they be worth the wait?
The first trailer for the newest BioShock title was released in August 2010. Since then gamers have been introduced to the main characters, new enemies, and the city of Columbia. When a release date of October 16, 2012 was set, everything seemed to be on schedule. However, in the middle of May, it was revealed that the game has been delayed until February 26, 2013. Not only do we have to wait until next year to enter Columbia, but BioShock Infinite won’t be shown at E3 or Gamescon.
As to why it’s being delayed, creator Ken Levine stated that more time is needed to make the game better. He says ” BioShock Infinite is a very big game, and we’re doing things that no one else has done with a first-person shooter.” While there are no specifics as to what these things are, I’m sure whatever Irrational does will be worth the wait.
While BioShock is still a relatively young franchise, Tomb Raider has been around since 1996. The latest game in the series simply named Tomb Raider, was being touted as a reboot featuring a younger, inexperienced Lara Croft. After her vessel is caught in a storm, Lara gets separated from the rest of the crew and is stranded on an island off the coast of Japan. It was first revealed in 2010 and a holiday 2012 release date was set.
In May, it was announced that Tomb Raider has been delayed until the first quarter of 2013. The developer, Crystal Dynamics, said that they want to “put finishing touches into the game.” Hopefully, the new release timeframe will give the developer a chance to make Lara’s reboot worth the wait.
The Obsidian developed RPG was first announced at the beginning of 2012. The creators of the South Park TV show are working closely with the developer to bring the most immersive game the series has ever lent its name to. Players are a new kid who must deal with the unusual events that often occur in the town. A release date was set for this holiday season.
Obsidian and publisher of the game, THQ, both recently suffered financial setbacks. The developer faced layoffs in March, and THQ has had financial troubles for the last few years. Unlike most games that get delayed, there has been no official statement as to why the title is getting pushed back. While the game hasn’t been canceled, we will probably have to wait until the fourth quarter of 2013 to visit South Park. Even with the delay, the South Park game should give fans the experience they want.