Yes, I know the developers said they need more time in each case.
However, before the delays, there were a half-dozen high-profile shooters on tap for the fall: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare , Destiny , Far Cry 4 , Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel , Battlefield: Hardline and Evolve .
As of now, the latter two titles on that list have been pushed into 2015. I don't necessarily doubt the reasoning – more time needed to hone and polish – and I'd strongly recommend that EA not muff another Battlefield launch. That being said, I wonder if marketers for these companies examined the situation and supported the idea of a delay. It's interesting to note that the two games that were delayed will subsist almost entirely on multiplayer, which just so happens to be the forte of Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare .
Look, there are only so many hours in the day. I find it hard to believe that players will be able to invest enough hours into two shooters this holiday season, let alone three or four. You need practice and time, and you need to really get involved in these multiplayer experiences if you wish to succeed. To be perfectly honest, I think the majority of FPS fans will play Destiny and the new CoD , and the others might fall by the wayside. I wouldn't be surprised at all if this was part of the reason Hardline and Evolve are now in 2015.