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EA delays PC release of Dragon Age

EA delays PC release of Dragon Age

Electronic Arts has delayed several games today, namely Dragon Age: Origins, Sims 3 and Godfather II.

Electronic Arts has today announced that it will be delaying three key titles for 2009, including the PC release of Dragon Age: Origins. Though no specific reason for the delays has been announced, it could well be to do with the fact that the publisher has been forced to close 12 facilities today after posting a £445 million GBP loss in just the third quarter of last year.

According to GI.biz the company is laying off 11 percent of it's total workforce, with redundancies hitting all levels of the company. More than 1100 members of staff will be out of work by the end of it.

Dragon Age: Origins was originally scheduled to have a PC release in Q2 of this year, with a console release to follow later in the Christmas rush. Now though EA has pushed the PC release up next to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases, saying that the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate will be out in the last half of 2009.

The Sims 3 has also been hit by delays, with EA CEO John Riccitiello saying that the ultra-profitable simulation will be out on June 3rd now in order to give the game a bigger marketing campaign.

The last game to be hit with delays is EA's movie tie-in, The Godfather 2, which is being pushed back from a February release to an indeterminate 'later this year'.

Are you disappointed by the spate of delays, or are you hopeful that the games will turn out even better as a result? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Mentai 4th February 2009, 10:35 Quote
AW MAN. Without Dragon Age out Q2 what will I play until the next Christmas rush? :(
Also, way to ruin a mythical PC first release.
naokaji 4th February 2009, 10:42 Quote
It could be a good thing, or a bad thing, without them really saying whats behind the delays it's hard to judge though.

It would be a good thing if EA decided it's better to delay a game and fix it before release instead of pushing a broken product out of the door that then needs heavy patching.

It would be a bad thing if it would be due to the job cuts, because if you produce less to cover a previous loss you will sell even less, meaning it will only get worse and as much as we love to bash ea around here, gaming in general would be in insane big trouble if ea went bottom up.
yakyb 4th February 2009, 11:34 Quote
id rather they delay and get it right that being said though


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Lepermessiah 4th February 2009, 12:49 Quote
Man, these companies are really pissing me ff, it is not a coincedence they delayed the PC release to now launch with console at the same time, so much for a PC centric title, sick of this bull.
Whalemeister 4th February 2009, 12:53 Quote
Now will these delays equal better games?
Redbeaver 4th February 2009, 14:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Whalemeister
Now will these delays equal better games?

no.

it usually never is.
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