Friday, 10 December 2010

Majesty 2: Monster Kingdom Slips! Druids Blamed!

You've got to love how news gets around about missed release dates lately.

Today we've learnt that both Majesty 2: Monster Kingdom And King Arthur: The Druids from Paradox Interactive have slipped back to January 2011. Not a huge loss for me because I wouldn't have had chance to play them during December anyway!

The great thing however is how they break this news to us:

Picture the scene. It´s all going so well. Majesty 2: Monster Kingdom and King Arthur: The Druids were both set to release in December. ``I know´´ said Frederik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive, ``Seeing as how they´ve been so good recently, and their expansions are almost finished, let´s invite the Monsters and the Druids to the Paradox Christmas party. What could possible go wrong?´´ Famous last words readers.

Nice! I like the way they paint the scene there. The "news" continues...

No-one knows for sure how it started. The Druids say that one of the Monsters gave them a pitcher of `lemonade´ and it wasn´t until they started drinking it that they realized it wasn´t lemonade! The Monsters say one of the Druids got a bit happy and turned one of them into a frog. Or it might have been a dragon. Whoever was to blame, before you knew it the Paradox Christmas party turned in to a full on brawl. Fists and fur were flying, spells were bouncing off the walls, food and drink were being tossed in every direction. At one point, Susana Meza, Executive Vice President of Publishing, could be seen clinging to the leg of one of the Monsters trying to break up one of the fights!

After the dust had settled, five Monsters and seven Druids ended up in hospital which unfortunately means that the Majesty 2: Monsters and King Arthur: The Druids expansions have to be pushed back until January 2011. And they won´t be invited to next year´s Christmas party!

Druids...not heard of this but I'm interested now!
Ok so we get the gist and Paradox are inviting players to visit the Facebook fan pages for these games and "Pick a side". All in good fun I guess!
After seeing a similar post from Valve regarding Portal 2 recently (where they even joked about how they were reducing "Valve Time") I wonder if this is the shape of things to come in delay-based press releases?


  1. Good idea, entertain while you dissapoint! Does that cancel each other out? How should we feel? I'm confused. Oh, just answered that then.

  2. Hehe, yeah I know what you mean!

    I think I prefer these kind of press releases to dull "yeah we're late" ones.