I’m sure once E3 hits, we’ll all have a full holiday release schedule of games to look forward to at the end of the year, but as of now, some developers are already being cautious and avoiding said release window. Shenmue III, Metro: Exodus and Phoenix Point are all named titles that are now being confirmed as 2019 releases. There are potentially more, and I’m sure we’ll know more after the big show next month.
Delays are not uncommon with Kickstarter projects, wanting to make sure their projects are in tip top shape before letting their backers satisfy their anticipation and play the game. Thus, Shenmue III announced on their Kickstarter from Deep Silver:
“Deep Silver today announce that their upcoming release Shenmue III has been moved and will now release in 2019. The extra time will be used to polish the quality of the game even further, to the high standards it deserves and release the product in the best possible timeframe.”
In addition to Shenmue III, THQ Nordic announced in a press release that the FPS survival title, Metro: Exodus will see a Q1 2019 release:
“…developed by InXile, a California-based studio founded by the industry legend Brian Fargo. Along with them, we are all looking forward to Deep Silver’s next key release, Metro Exodus, now expected in Q1 2019.”
Not only that, but the highly anticipated Darksiders 3 and new IP Biomutant seem to be a bit shaky for release dates. The press release continued:
“Their next key releases, Biomutant and Darksiders 3, are still under evaluation for setting a release date.”
Last but not least, Julian Gollop (original creator of 1994 strategy title, XCOM) and his spiritual successor to his famed 90’s game, Phoenix Point are seeing a delay until June 2019:
“People’s expectations are higher, our team is growing, and Phoenix Point has become a bigger game. In order to realise this potential we need to push back the target release date to June 2019.”
Again, not surprising for a crowdfunded game. Is everyone just scared of Bethesda’s new IP (Starfield?) being announced at E3? History tells us that they will announce a game and release it within 5-6 months, so perhaps some indie and AA studios are just being overly cautious. Only other titles in the fall are scheduled to be released are Spider-Man, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2, so perhaps we’ll be able to ingest some decent titles in the cold winter next year to tide us over! Regardless, I have zero problem with delays. A delayed game is eventually good right? A rushed game is bad forever.
Well, geeks? Are you sad to see some games get delayed? Let us know in the comments!