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SCEA: Killzone 2 "Delayed" For A Better Timed Release

Some were disappointed to learn that the highly anticipated Killzone 2 wouldn't release until February of next year, but as it turns out, Guerilla and Sony instituted the delay due to timing.

First of all, seeing as how the game never really had a concrete date to begin with, it's difficult to say if it has actually been "delayed." But that's what most gamers are calling it, primarily because Killzone 2 has held a "Fall 2008" release estimate for quite a while. In response to the move, Sony's Ron Eagle had this to say over at the official PlayStation blog:

"Just wanted to add a quick reply on the “delay” of Killzone 2 to Feb 2009. To be clear, there is nothing wrong or causing a delay to the development of the title. We (SCEA) had to look at the fall calendar with SOCOM, LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, Resistance 2, plus some PSN titles and make a decision where each game should come out. Killzone 2 was moved to Feb 2009 to make sure we didn’t have three shooters in the marketplace competing for retail dollars during the same holiday season. The game will be great and it will be out in Feb 2009 in both Europe and North America."

Essentially, he wanted to disarm the assumption that something is "wrong" due to this delay; that there must be a problem with the development process. Well, this really isn't the case; like we said before, it's just a matter of marketing and timing. Makes sense, yes?

Related Game(s): Killzone 2

5/20/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (12 posts)

Tatsujin
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 @ 10:45:32 PM
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Yes Ben! It makes excellent sense! I just hope Killzone 2 Dosn't pull off a Halo 3.... Killzone was nice, I dont want Killzone 2 to kill the Killzone series ( It sounds odd because of the word 'kill' thats all) I prefer Halo 2 over 3 btw :D

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 @ 1:36:06 AM
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I was actually very happy with the moved date, its around my birthday ( Feb 3) and it give me a chance to enjoy other great games in the fall/early winter. To many shooters in the market can hurt sales imo.

I dont think it will kill the series tatsujin. Although i really loved KZ, i think there is room for lots of improvement and it seems to be really coming along. Should prove to be an epic time

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Qubex
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 @ 3:20:06 AM
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I think this will give G the breathing space it needs to create a superlative game, with minor flaws (no game is perfect!) if none at all (how nice that would be). From the early Killzone2 clips viewed though it does look superb... but how will it play, and will Killzone2 finally show us all what NEXT GEN is supposed to be.

Q!

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tramp
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 @ 10:42:13 AM
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Qubex.....i hope so.

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tramp
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 @ 10:56:07 AM
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Qubex,i hope your right,there to much crap out and i know its still early in this gen but i still dont feel amazed by what been produced.

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Qubex
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 @ 11:24:02 AM

Tramp, simply put, the world is driven by marketing drivel and hype. If we are able to look pass it and purchase products that really deserve their accolades ...where it is obvious the people involved have shown/proved their superlative skill, effort, and respect for their customers, people will reward them handsomely.

Q!

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Fabi
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 @ 12:48:21 PM
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I kinda feel like the year of the PS3 isn't turning out as awesome as we thought it would.

Yes, we had GTA4, but so did the 360.

Yes, were going to have the most awesome game of the year in MGS4.

And then we can hope that LBP is as huge as we want it to be.

Then we have a FPS shooter in Resistance, which I can't wait for, but I don't get as excited about FPS anymore.

Then we have Socom, which is great, but I don't really play online, so without a campaign, it doesn't matter much to me.

Then Motorstorm, which is cool to mix things up a bit, but I'm pretty sure I wont be buying it.

And well Haze, yeah, that's embarrassing. It's already being called "Lair 2" by a lot of 360 fanboys.

And no Killzone 2 this year.

Look at what the 360 is going to have: Gears of War 2, Ninja Gaiden, Too Human, Fable 2, and Banjo right?

If anything, I think the 360's lineup looks as good.

Of course, I don't think any of those games are on MGS4's level, but by Fall, nobody will remember MGS4 as much.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 @ 4:49:59 PM

Well, "the year of the PS3" started to float around when we thought the likes of GT5, Killzone 2 and FFXIII would release in 2008. However, even without those, I think the PS3's lineup is about on par with the 360's.

Resistance 2 is going to kick a lot of ass, as will Gears 2. Ninja Gaiden II is going to be awesome, but let's not forget about God of War III in 2009 for the PS3. Too Human may or may not make it this year, and to be honest, I don't think many people are highly anticipating Fable 2 (although I'll probably play it). And of course, as you said, MGS4 probably overrides most any other title this year, and I do have high hopes for LBP and MotorStorm: PR.

Basically, if we're looking at only 2008, I think the two lineups match up fairly well. But if we look at the next 12-16 months, I definitely have to give the nod to the PS3. Don't forget about things like the Uncharted sequel and potentially great RPGs like White Knight Chronicles...

Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 5/21/2008 4:50:51 PM

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Fabi
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 @ 4:59:23 PM
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Very well put Ben.

While this year might end up pretty even, I can see the PS3 having the upper-hand for sure in 2009.

The PS3 desperately needs MGS4 to get nothing but 9.5 and up. What has me a lil' worried is that issue the OPM guy who reviewed the game had. About the ending dragging along. I can see reviewers marking it down for that.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 @ 7:13:49 PM

Oh, I doubt it. Remember, MGS excels in storytelling like almost no other franchise out there, so an elongated ending probably won't be considered a big drawback. I remember wanting the ending to MGS3 to last a little longer, just because of how great it was. ;)

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mildmike
Thursday, May 22, 2008 @ 8:13:02 PM
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The delaying of titles for development reasons alone is starting to wear a little thin, and now this !!! Who are these guys? What are they doing? Have they ever heard of customer satisfaction? Cos here's one customer that is very UNsatisfied. Since Launching the PS3 in March 07, the amount of half decent games available has been dismally small, I can count them on one hand.I was promised a "next gen gaming experience" but all I've experienced is frustration as game after game is delayed for one reason or another.If I'd known this,there's no way in the world I would have forked out AU$1000 for this "anchor".95% of games I've been playing for the last 1 1/2 years are ps2 games cos I'm still waiting for the "next gen experience". PS3 is fast becoming a joke.

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somethingrandom
Friday, May 23, 2008 @ 7:24:03 PM
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I don't really care if the PS3 has a better lineup. I don't think I would be able to stand owning a 360.

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