Something I want to put out there to see what you think, but I’m starting to suspect something with the announcement this week of the release date of the South Park video game. This has been twice out of two games that it’s been scheduled for release around Christmas. Then they get in all of the pre-sale money for Christmas. Then the game comes out one year later, in time for sales for the NEXT Christmas. Sure I know games get delayed and it’s not the first game to be delayed. But the same pattern on the same titles? Surely when you schedule a release date, the game is just about finished. I can handle a few weeks overdue. Yet 10 to 12 months! Even Cartman couldn’t plot this one!
Regards Mitchell Hall
Hi Mitchell – whilst it’s nice to think there is a conspiracy to rake in Christmas money, the reason for the South Park delays is a lot simpler. Whereas most licensed games have some limited oversight from the original copyright owner, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are extremely hands on with the South Park games. The original game was delayed by rewrites to make the game more topical and the pair wanting changes and tweaks to content. Likely the same is happening with The Fractured But Whole. Parker and Stone are known to be protective of their IP, so they would rather the game come out late than be something they aren’t happy with (like previous South Park games).