Here's How You Solve The Problem Of All These Delays
Okay, so the list of delays has gotten pretty ridiculous this generation.
Not only have many high-profile games been delayed but very often, each title has been pushed back multiple times.
In truth, despite the fact that the previous era of gaming dragged on far too long, it seems clear to me that developers weren't quite ready for the new generation. They're hardly taking to these new systems like fish to water, so-to-speak, but you know, I'm okay with that. We'll get the games eventually and everyone I know has a massive backlog, anyway. Anyone with lives outside their houses has at least some games they haven't yet played. That's not the issue.
The issue is this new release date craze. Well, it's not "new," per se; we always wanted to know when the next big game was coming out. But in the Internet age, knowing exactly when something is happening way before it's set to happen is an accepted commonality. We're seeing release dates for games earlier and earlier, and I think publishers and developers are feeling that pressure. If they can't give us an exact date, they feel pressured into giving us a release window. And really, we don't need it.
Any particular reason we can't simply learn about a new game coming out in a few months' time? Why do we need to know a freakin' year in advance? As far as I'm concerned, CD Projekt Red never needed to give us a date; they could've waited until now and then given us that May date for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Yeah, it's okay, I've got plenty of time to prepare. I know release windows sorta tell gamers, "yes, it's coming soon" but when it's obviously a stretch, and the game ends up getting pushed, there's a lot of unnecessary bad press out there.
Just wait, guys. We'll live, I promise. Like this year's Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty? Tell us when you know they're coming, to the absolute best of your current knowledge. Tell us in August if they really are showing up in October and November; there's no reason at all that we need to know now. Everyone just needs to calm down. It's not like these games will never show up, and it's not like they're showing up tomorrow. Just ease off on the rabid frenzy surrounding launch dates, seriously.
3/11/2015 9:40:47 PM Ben Dutka