Thursday, 24 September 2009

Huge *sigh* - More PC game delays

There are a number of things that nark me, and release dates is one of them.

Ghostbusters the video game for instance has been out for months for Xbox360 and PS3. It's still not out for PC until November this year. The same happened with Mirrors Edge.

The same excuses appear time and time again, usually compatability problems and different gfx chipsets supposedly doing unexpected things. I'm sure there's probably a certain amount of truth to this, but even so you can't help feeling that publishers and possibly even developers don't always give the PC the love it deserves.

Borderlands, one of my most anticipated games of the year has now joined this list with an admittedly much smaller delay, but still noticable for Eurpoean PC gamers waiting for it. The release announcement is basically as follows:

"Borderlands will be released on the 20th of October!"

"Oh, unless you're in Europe, in which case it'll be the 23rd of October"

"Oh, unless you're a PC user, in which case it'll be the 30th of October!"

So getting on to two weeks later than American Xbox users get to play it? What did us European PC Users ever do to gearbox to deserve this?

Again the reasons stated are "Optimisation" - at least for the 6 day PC delay. What's strange about this is there's currently nothing official on the gearbox forums or site, this is just second hand news from IGN.

It's still a mystery why PC users get messed around so much. We all know it's because publishers are shit scared of piracy ruining their sales, to which unfortunately they probably have a point. I just wish they'd be honest about it!

Unfortunately for me, this means re-arranging days with other people to play it. Normally it wouldn't be an issue, but with a game containing 4-player co-op getting everyone at home on the same day takes some doing!

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