A Day of Delays – The Order, The Evil Within and Steam Machines Delayed till 2015
If you were to write a storyline regarding the headlines today, one major theme would stick out in your mind: delays. News broke today that two of 2014’s most anticipated titles were being delayed: The Order: 1886 and The Evil Within.
Bethesda’s survival horror game The Evil Within was slated to release at the end of August, but the game’s developers have requested more time to polish and refine it.
Shinji Mikami and his team at Tango Gameworks have asked for additional time to further balance and refine the game in order to deliver the polished, terrifying pure survival horror experience they set out to create. – Bethesda in a statement
The game marks the return of the developer who has been regarded as the “father” of the video game horror genre, Shinji Mikami. Mikami is well-known for being the creator of the long-loved Resident Evil series. The game is now slated to release on October 21, 2014 in North America, October 23 in Australia and on the 24th in Europe.
Also announced as delayed was Ready at Dawn’s PlayStation exclusive The Order:1886. No concrete date has been given, but the highly anticipated, alternate reality game has been delayed till 2015, joining The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Undying Light on the list of AAA games delayed till next year.
In a post on the PS Blog, the developers explained why they felt they needed to delay the PS4 exclusive till next year:
“As we look to bring this experience to the players, we have decided to spend some extra time to deliver on the promise we made when we first introduced the game. As such, you can expect The Order: 1886 to come exclusively to the PlayStation 4 in early 2015.”
Finally, there was news of hardware being delayed till next year as well. In a post on the Steam Community Forums, Valve addressed the release of their upcoming Steam Boxes.
We’ve been getting emails from the Steam community asking us how our in-development Steam Machines are coming along. It’s great that you’re excited about it, and we know you appreciate it when we keep you in the loop on stuff like this, so we wanted to give you all a quick update.
We’re now using wireless prototype controllers to conduct live playtests, with everyone from industry professionals to die-hard gamers to casual gamers. It’s generating a ton of useful feedback, and it means we’ll be able to make the controller a lot better. Of course, it’s also keeping us pretty busy making all those improvements. Realistically, we’re now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014.
Game delays are becoming more and more common, leaving some gamers frustrated and upset. How do these delays affect you? Does a delay strengthen the eventual release, or does it lead you to giving up on the title? Let us know in the comments below.