European PlayStation 2 launch hindered by developmental issues.
We've recently been reporting on the European PlayStation 2 launch and its difficulties related to a component shortage that has slashed the available number of units on that continent. Today, more information has surfaced on the issue. Numerous publishers have announced that several titles that were previously slated for the anticipated November 24 launch will drop at a later date. Some games will suffer only a one to two week delay, but some will slide all the way to a January launch - Summoner has already seen this take place. Whether or not this development will affect Rayman Revolution, we are not sure. Ubi Soft UK has stated that the anticipated title will indeed be thumped back to January, but other offices of the company have contradicted this claim, as the official release date is still December 7. Evergrace and Eternal Ring have been postponed, and because of this the labeling and packaging of these titles may be altered. Additionally, Konami's ESPN X-Games Snowboarding and ESPN International Track and Field will also have to wait a bit longer to see the light of day.
The issue's latest development is that the apparent shortage of European units has finally been explained. Evidently, Sony's chief CD manufacturing plant in Austria has not been able to produce adequate software to meet the amount demanded by both the PSOne and PS2. Another problem which adds to the difficulty is that Sony did not produce enough CD/DVD boxes demanded by PlayStation 2 software; a tune frustrated buyers heard five years ago with the release of the original PlayStation.
The following is the current list of launch titles for the European PlayStation 2:
Tekken Tag Tournament
Ridge Racer V
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2
Wild Wild Racing
Dynasty Warriors 2
AquaAqua - Wetrix 2
11/20/2000 Bryan Keers