With the recent news that Evolve will be delayed to 2015, the number of games intended to be released near the end of 2014 but then delayed to 2015 is becoming greater. Video game delays in 2014 are on the rise. A lot of fans of many of the games, franchises, studios, etc. will be more than a little frustrated – angry probably. I say though, what’s there to be angry about? We should actually be happy about these kinds of delays – particularly the ones that come immediately after community feedback.
Here is the list of high profile games delayed to 2015:
- Battlefield: Hardline
- Batman: Arkham Knight
- The Order: 1886
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- The Division
Many of those on the list are some of the most anticipated games in the past few years. This is really not a bad thing. We should be happy that developers/publishers are willing to push back a game so that they can put more time into it and more than likely make it better than what it would be if it were released this year.
One of the best things about some of these games is that the delay came directly after community feedback. Games like Evolve and Battlefield: Hardline had various testing they allowed people to join in on and based on what they saw and feedback they received, both decided that more time was necessary. This is not a bad thing. This is very, very good. More companies should probably do something like this.
It serves as a win-win, your game is promoted as you open up alpha/beta to players, which leads to the possibility of improving your game. As the player, you get free access to a game you are anticipating. At worst, for both player and developer, the game isn’t very good, which will then either prompt the developer to make significant changes, or abandon the project. For players, you get to see first hand whether you will enjoy a game where it is becoming increasingly hard, with cinematic trailers and all, to find out what a game will actually be like.
Another reason not to be frustrated or angry is that these delays really aren’t that awfully long. Most have targeted release dates, and at the very least a targeted release window. Those windows and dates are not that far away. All of them are less than half of a year. If the delays said something like the end of 2015, then it may be cause for worry because a full year may mean some major overhauls and changes. Then again, it is really hard to tell precisely what caused the delay. Maybe companies were just too ambitious with the release date and couldn’t meet their goals. That has happened to everyone.
In any case, delays have the potential for bringing about some good.
We also have to look at what we still have to look forward to at the end of this year: Sims 4, Destiny, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Hyrule Warriors, Super Smash Bros., Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Driveclub, Project Spark, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Assassin’s Creed Unity and Rogue, Sunset Overdrive, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Crew, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Far Cry 4.
That is a lot of games. Not only a lot of games, but a lot of varied games that I am sure that there is at least one everyone is excited about. Could you imagine adding the list of delayed games to the list just above? That would be an insane amount of games. And, I am pretty certain I forgot some games that will be coming out at the end of this year. There are just so many.
While this may be the year of delays, don’t worry about it. It means that we will have a jam packed end of 2014, and a jam packed beginning to 2015. Nothing but pluses in my book.
Though, let’s hope it doesn’t get too crazy and more and more games get delayed. There will probably be another one or two before the year is out.