Pushed back release dates for game title releases aren’t really all that weird, given that release dates and other promises do change, given certain considerations and situations in the gaming industry.
But when two giant game titles like Tomb Raider and BioShock Infinite move announced release dates originally pegged for this year, the situation can’t help but lead many to wonder just what’s going on.
Last week, another game title announced a “conflicting” bit of news for avid followers, with the demo for Anarchy Reigns by Platinum Games soon to be available in Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, but with the game’s official release date outside of Japan pegged as “to be confirmed”.
Published by Sega, the Japan-rooted game was originally set for January 2011, but given the tsunami disaster in Japan last year, it was moved to January of 2012, which was then moved to July. The Japan version of the game, dubbed as Max Anarchy, is scheduled for release this July 5, but no word of its worldwide/international version’s release has been indicated.
Jean Pierre Kellams, writer of Anarchy Reigns, says “Unfortunately, we don’t know when the game is coming out in the West. That’s up for Sega to decide. We worked really hard to make sure that everybody could get the game on time,” quoted from a video message posted on the Platinum Games blog.
“The game is fully localized, if you buy the Japanese version or any version it’s going to have all the languages in it. We really wanted everybody online around the world to play together at the same time, but unfortunately that’s not going to happen,” Kellams further comments.
Given the ongoing “trend” of game title releases being pushed back, one can’t help but wonder what exactly are the causes of the whole shebang.
Could it be that publishers and developers are matching games to suit with the announced release of next gen consoles?