Early 2010 is rapidly shaping up to be a far more exciting time than late 2009, as Take-Two joins the ranks of publishers who have pushed it's big titles back into the start of next year.
In fact, all four of Take-Two's biggest announced titles have been pushed back to 2010, with Mafia 2
, Red Dead Redemption
, BioShock 2
and Max Payne 3
all now being listed for a release between February and June 2010 - which is going to make that a very profitable period for Take-Two if all things go well.
That does mean that some of those games have been delayed again though, with Take-Two blaming earlier delays on the recession and a number of development issues which have taken some time to quash. It's also worth pointing out that Rockstar, which is developing two of those games, has had a history of delays this generation - especially for GTA IV
The good news though is that Take-Two boss Strauss Zelnick is pretty confident that the new dates will be met for all four titles without any further problems. Fingers crossed.
A lot of games this year have had their release dates pushed back to early 2010, rather than the traditional Q4 2009 launch window that all AAA games try to cluster into. While obviously development issues play a part, it's also speculated that a lot of publishers are anxious about concentrating their potential profits into one place and competing with Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- especially since the price has been upped
, taking money out of the market.
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