Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot announced today at a corporate shareholder meeting that “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier” will not be released until early 2011. The tactical shooter, originally set to be released in time for this year’s Christmas rush, will now be released during the company’s “March quarter.” Guillemot attributed the decision to better timing, adding that the extra months will also help the development team “realize their vision.”
Of course, when Ubisoft says “better timing” in a “competitive market,” they actually mean that they’ve deemed it prudent to avoid direct competition with “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” which is set to hit stores on November 8th. Realistically it’s the right decision; who would really want to face off against the follow-up to the most successful video game of all time, especially with a game in the same genre? Still, it’s unfortunate – despite knowing little about the game, at least “Future Soldier” isn’t mired by the air of scandal surrounding the “Call of Duty” franchise.
Regardless of how you feel about “CoD”, bummed out “Ghost Recon” fans can still take solace in the fact that an early build of the game will be unveiled at E3 next month.
Nintendo confirmed today that they will be pushing back the release of two high-level titles, “Metroid: Other M” and “Sin & Punishment 2”. Rumors arose yesterday that the games would be pushed back after an employee at gaming retail chain “Play-N-Trade” said that the store planned to change their official release dates. Unfortunately, the wait for “Metroid: Other M” just got quite a bit longer; the game, originally set to drop on June 27th, won’t be in stores until August 31st now. Meanwhile, “S&P2” has been moved back from June 7th into Metroid’s original date, June 27th. Nintendo hasn’t given an official reason for the delays, but told Kotaku:
“this game [Metroid: Other M] is the product of a unique partnership between longtime Metroid producer Yoshio Sakamoto, Team Ninja and many other individuals and groups, all of whom have set very high standards for this latest installment in the series. Although it’s taking slightly longer than expected to complete the project, we’re confident that fans will find it to be well worth the wait.”
In other words, they’re just not going to finish in time.
Just remember kids; though the announcement is a real bummer, it’s true what they say; “Good things come to those who wait.”