Capcom Delays Big-Name Games to Avoid Early 2010

Capcom Delays Big-Name Games to Avoid Early 2010

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It was bound to happen: Capcom has announced delays on three major titles - Lost Planet 2, Super Street Fighter IV, and Monster Hunter Tri because the first half of 2010 is too damn crowded.

If you think back just a few months, you may remember a slew of games that were scheduled to hit shelves this fall - but were pushed back as publishers realized that they would be competing with the juggernaut that was Modern Warfare 2. Instead of trying to vie for consumer awareness with one of the biggest titles of all time (thanks, Kanye), many opted to simply get some extra time to finish their games, pushing a bunch of big-name titles back to early 2010. Surely, the publishers reasoned, they'd benefit from avoiding the packed holiday season and get the new year all to themselves!

Well, maybe - if all of their competitors hadn't decided to do the exact same thing. While not quite as bad as a normal holiday shopping season (and without the looming threat of MewTwo), Q1 2010 is looking pretty damn packed, and it seems like someone at Capcom noticed this.

Rather than compete with games like 2K's BioShock 2, Sega's Bayonetta and BioWare's Mass Effect 2 - and even its own Dark Void - Capcom has thrown up its hands in frustration, muttered "Bother this nonsense," and delayed three of its high-profile titles until fiscal 2010 (April 1st, 2010 - March 31st, 2011). The three games in question are Lost Planet 2, Monster Hunter Tri (but let's face it, despite Capcom's best efforts I can't see that game doing that well in the States) and Super Street Fighter IV.

Guess we'll have to wait a bit longer to once more beat the hell out of cars. But don't worry, because there's still a crapton of stuff coming out in Q1 2010. Unless it all gets delayed, too.

(Variety)

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Does seem like a good idea, next year is saturated with new releases.

Sadly im intrested in any of them but thats life.

Good idea, they can make their game better in that time. I can only see S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat in Q1 2010. Everything else is secondary.

Definitely a good idea. I'm sure everyone's wallet will be light enough in the new year anyway without having X amount of games to buy.

Yikes. Sounds like the beginning of perpetual game delays.

NO YOU SON OF A BITCH! I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR MONSTER HUNTER TRI FOR 7 MONTHS!

Gawd I hate Capcom sometimes.

The DSM:
Does seem like a good idea, next year is saturated with new releases.

Yeah, seriously.

Ah well, good idea. I dont want to end up like I did OCtober/November with more games than I knew what to do with, lol

I would have loved to dig my teeth into lost planets other bosses but I guess I can just keep on replaying the salamander over and over.

There really isn't much I want next year except Heavy Rain and Bioshock 2. No biggy for me.

It's not like anyone would have bought Lost Planet 2 anyway...

I don't want any of those games anyway. Next year is all about Bioshock 2 for me and despite expecting it to be a massive disappointment, I'm still expecting it to be a massive disappointment.

First thing I thought when I read this : Not too confident in thier products are they ?

Not that any of the mentioned titles really appealed ...especially as one is a oversized patch of a much hyped title Capcon released earlier (SF IV), next patch will be called Super SF IV Turbo.

harhol:
It's not like anyone would have bought Lost Planet 2 anyway...

At least a million bought the first game, so it's not like it would have been a flop.

WHOOOO! I like this change of events. More cookie cutter "sequels" (/snicker) that I won't have to put up with for a few more months! :D

Party at my house, BBYOB+hookers.

Not that I'm particularly interested in any of capcom's titles listed here but I don't like this train of thinking. What if everyone did that? Nothing is every going to get released.

This is like the frickin Exodus; doomed to wander the desert for 40 years.

While I could see why it makes sense from a businesses point of view, it's infuriating from a customer point of view, the game you've been waiting for is already done, but they are holding onto it to milk it for more money?

Though, it could be slightly counter productive, sending the message they aren't confident in their products.

I don't know if it's just me, I'm a vindictive SOB, but when companies pull this kind of crap that's when I start thinking "mmm I was going to buy that... now... I wont / I'll see what other ways there are to get it".

I've done it in the past, I refuse to have any dealing with one a PayTV provider due to how they handled a dispute (very very nasty in the end, none of it my fault, the arbiter came down firmly on my side) almost a decade ago, and I tell them point blank when they come to the door/phone me, I will not deal with you, even though there is no other PayTV provider in the area, I still wont deal with them.

I've done it with other types of companies and service providers too, I vote with my money, piss me off and I simply wont buy off you.

Seems reasonable. I did notice that rather a few games I want are coming out that time.

Fack. That sucks.

Well, at least we have those big-name games to hold us over.

I can't really say anything on that.

...

Oh wait, yes i can. Stupid overhyped colossus that is Modern Warfare 2.

I really can't say I blame them.

I mean, take a look at Q1.

It's insane.

just a good business move is all you can really say about that do i even have to look at whats coming out next year to know

CantFaketheFunk:

harhol:
It's not like anyone would have bought Lost Planet 2 anyway...

At least a million bought the first game, so it's not like it would have been a flop.

But it's possible that one of the reasons Lost Planet did so well was because it was released at a time when there were no other major releases. It was released around January 2007, and the only thing it had to compete with at the time was WarioWare: Smooth Moves, which was on a different system altogether. I'd wager that if Lost Planet was released around the same time as some other big-name games, it would not have done as well.

Also:

Cantfakethefunk:
Monster Hunter Tri (but let's face it, despite Capcom's best efforts I can't see that game doing that well in the States)

I think it has a pretty good chance to succeed. From what I've seen of the game, there doesn't appear to be any cultural barriers that might prevent it from being a mega-success, as is the case with other popular Japanese games like Dragon Quest. Also, I've heard Nintendo's marketing initiative with this game in the West is going to be huge. Like Pokemon huge. However, I can't seem to find the quote I'm looking for right now, so you may wanna take this with a grain of salt.

i hope they use that time to COMPLETELY rebalance the characters in SSF4 so that the game is not as Shoto broken as the last iteration.

That sounds about right...except that all three might still get lost in the mix even if there were no other big name titles to compete against, being what they are.
Maybe Super Street Fighter IV should have been a DLC pack. At least it could have been saved if it had been.

Figures the one Wii game I was looking forward to in March was "Monster Hunter Tri". And as far as I can tell there are no other big Wii games coming out that month so that really blows. At least though I'll have some awesome PC games to look forward to in the meantime.

I swear if they delay Dead Rising 2, I will [insert felony here]. Wait a second Left4Dead makes a sequel in a year, Dead Rising takes 4. Makes you think...

NNNOOOO! So long I've been waiting for Monster Hunter to return to a console. WHY?! Why must you delay it even longer?!

 

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