Q1 Blockbusters Scare Off Promising Capcom Titles
Well, at least it frees up a little room in the first quarter next year. Not that delays are a good thing, but perhaps it's all a matter of optimistic perspective.
As Joystiq reports, a Japanese investor document from Capcom has revealed several titles that won't hit their initially scheduled fiscal fourth-quarter launch dates. Among the casualties are Lost Planet 2, Super Street Fighter IV, and the North American and European releases of Monster Hunter 3. These, along with Dead Rising 2, are now scheduled to "spread across all four quarters" of the upcoming 2011 fiscal year for the company, which begins on April 1, 2010. And why did these games escape? For the same reason so many publishers pushed their titles out of the end of 2009, of course: to avoid competing with huge blockbuster games that are destined to rule store shelves. They did leave Dark Void in its expected release position of January 12, but they drastically reduced the sales forecast, from an anticipated 1.3 million units to 600,000. Is this only the start of other publishers delaying Q1 titles to avoid the likes of Final Fantasy XIII, God of War III, Bayonetta, Heavy Rain and others? You never know.
But anyway, there are always plenty of games to play and you won't go wanting over the next few months. If you do, you might want to reassess your current passion.
12/22/2009 12:38:40 PM Ben Dutka