Many major titles escaped out of Q4 2009 due to the impending software jam that occurs so often during the holiday season. But with so many escaping to the same new launch period, won't they be facing the same problem next year…?
This is the kind of logic Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot speaks about when he suggested that many of the "AAA" titles now slated for Q1 2010 may get delayed again…for the same reason they were pushed back in the first place. According to MCV , "panicked publishers" may keep delaying certain big titles so there won't be so much competition. We've already seen Heavy Rain , Bioshock 2 , Red Dead Redemption , Splinter Cell: Conviction and Bayonetta get bounced into 2010, but they're all facing a similar release time frame. Said Guillemot:
"We now have a situation where there are a lot of good games due for release in the first half of next year, but I think some publishers will move again. The first quarter of 2010 is looking pretty crazy. So I expect some movement from the other players – some of those delayed games will be moved again."
Gamers have often complained about too many top-notch titles releasing in one particular part of the year, but what happens when most of them run to the exact same hiding spot? They'll all hit store shelves at about the same time, despite their initial intent to get away from one another. How ironic.