Square Enix Delays Deux Ex: Human Revolution

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Square Enix Delays Deux Ex: Human Revolution

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Japanese publisher Square Enix admits it needs to focus more on quality, as underperforming games prompt delays.

Square Enix has pushed the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution back from its first quarter 2011 release window until the next financial year, meaning that the game won't come out until April at the earliest. This is the second high-profile game that Square Enix has shunted into FY2011, following the indefinite delay of the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV.

Square Enix blamed the delay on the poor critical performance of a number of big releases this year. In a statement, it said that the company had realized that game quality should be its top management priority, implying that it thought Human Revolution needed more polishing before release. It also slashed its earnings projections for the year by nearly 90%, from ¥12 billion, or nearly $143 million, to just ¥1 billion, or roughly $12 million. Square Enix will talk more about the situation in a news conference in Tokyo later today with Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada in attendance.

It's unlikely that any single game has caused this dramatic cut in projections, but it's not hard to imagine that the lion's share of blame lies with Final Fantasy XIV. Unfavorable reviews will have hurt sales, and the game hasn't been generating the revenue that those estimates will have included, because Square Enix hasn't been charging players the $12.99 monthly fee while it irons out the kinks. What's more, the delay on the PS3 version, which is to allow Square Enix to get everything working before release, means that it has to wipe those potential sales off the board as well.

Source: Gamasutra

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Nooooooes! Not mai Deus Ex!

SQUARE I HAVE BEEN VERY PATIENT WITH YOU THIS GAME HAS BEEN MAKING ME VERY EXCITABLE YOU HURRY UP GOOD K?

...can you tell I really want this title?

I want Deus Ex as much as the next person, but I think it's good to see more companies prioritising quality over earlier release dates. I'm ok with this.

Ahhh no :( thats a big shame
Although to be fair, I've never really held onto any of Square Enix's release dates with any huge anticipation - always had the fear they would need to hold it back.

Would rather it be even more awesome if it still requires work.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Damn! I was really looking forward for DX. I'll have to wait even more now :-(

Maybe I'll have some money to buy it when it comes out. On one hand I'm disapointed but then again, its not that bad

Makes a nice change to see a game being held back to iron out bugs, much better than just rushing it out and leaving the customers annoyed (eg. Black Ops and New Vegas, as if I had to give examples), however if they end up releasing it with bugs in anyway they will most likely be subject to a lot of abuse

I see Valve's not the only one applying Valve Time to their game development practices.
I think it's a good idea to delay it, it'll give them more time to polish the game to the highest quality. From the trailers, the game look pretty good already, and now they can make it even better.

MindBullets:
I want Deus Ex as much as the next person, but I think it's good to see more companies prioritising quality over earlier release dates. I'm ok with this.

+1, especially for a title I'm really looking forward to.

Better to be delayed than to rush it out and have it be rough
I am VERY interested in this game despite not having play any of the other Deux ex games, so I want it to be bloody good. It's giving me a bit of a MGS vibe which I love, because Rising certainly isn't scratching that itch right now ><

1 word: HHUUUHHGGGNN!!!!

Well, I bet I will like the game even better now. Mostly because I now have to wait in pain longer and that they (hopefully) work more and better on the game. :D

Damn, was really looking forward to this one. But I guess there's worse reasons to delay a game, at least this sounds like a good decision in the long run.

Ephraim J. Witchwood:
'Kay. News I care aboot, plox? :3

It never ceases to amaze me how people that have no interest in the subject matter bother to voice that fact to everyone else. JUST DON'T COMMENT.

OT: I haven't been following this game that closely, but I am keen to give it a try. I'm all for delays that are required polishing.

Adzma:

Ephraim J. Witchwood:
'Kay. News I care aboot, plox? :3

It never ceases to amaze me how people that have no interest in the subject matter bother to voice that fact to everyone else. JUST DON'T COMMENT.

OT: I haven't been following this game that closely, but I am keen to give it a try. I'm all for delays that are required polishing.

It's a public forum, I'll comment wherever the hell I please. It never ceases to amaze me how people don't realise that.

I am sadfaced by this. Sigh ._.

At the least they learn from their mistakes :D

Dammit.
Goddammit.
Must...Not...Lose...Easygoing...Demeanour...

Well, they've lost the 'wait for the bugfix patch' excuse...

Fine, I'll play through DX1 again...again...

...again...

While I'm bummed by the delay I'm more surprised by the 90% cut in projected earnings. That is an amazingly high change. Whoever made that projection must have been wildly optimistic as to how well their games will sell. I know extraordinary circumstances are in play, but 90% is way off.

S'cool.

Just don't send it to 2012.

I'm slightly disappointed by the delay but considering the amount of games coming out early next year this might work out quite well for Square-Enix in the long run

Delays for making the game moar dakka are welcome.

However, I want to see more gameplay footage. Unedited.

part of me just wants to scream "LET THE NERD rAGE BEGIN" but then the optimistic side of me escapes from his padded cell at the back of my head to say "maybe they are just getting the game perfect?". if however it is released and we see that square have ruined one of the greatest IPs in gaming, then please ... NERD RAAAAGGGEEEE!!!!111

I'm really trying not to build this game up too much in my head since it probably won't be as awesome as I like to think, so a delay is good. It gives them time to iron out issues and details.

Ephraim J. Witchwood:

Adzma:

Ephraim J. Witchwood:
'Kay. News I care aboot, plox? :3

It never ceases to amaze me how people that have no interest in the subject matter bother to voice that fact to everyone else. JUST DON'T COMMENT.

OT: I haven't been following this game that closely, but I am keen to give it a try. I'm all for delays that are required polishing.

It's a public forum, I'll comment wherever the hell I please. It never ceases to amaze me how people don't realise that.

The site isn't solely for your use and that comment makes you sound like an selfish prick, is what he's getting at, no offense.

Logan Westbrook:
Square Enix blamed the delay on the poor critical performance of a number of big releases this year.

OH GEE REALLY, I never would have guessed this after the shit stain that was FF14.

Vaccine:

Ephraim J. Witchwood:

Adzma:

It never ceases to amaze me how people that have no interest in the subject matter bother to voice that fact to everyone else. JUST DON'T COMMENT.

OT: I haven't been following this game that closely, but I am keen to give it a try. I'm all for delays that are required polishing.

It's a public forum, I'll comment wherever the hell I please. It never ceases to amaze me how people don't realise that.

The site isn't solely for your use and that comment makes you sound like an selfish prick, is what he's getting at, no offense.

I can see how my comment could come across as such. Perhaps I should voice my lack of giving a shit about Deus Ex in a different way. >.>

Ephraim J. Witchwood:

Adzma:

Ephraim J. Witchwood:
'Kay. News I care aboot, plox? :3

It never ceases to amaze me how people that have no interest in the subject matter bother to voice that fact to everyone else. JUST DON'T COMMENT.

OT: I haven't been following this game that closely, but I am keen to give it a try. I'm all for delays that are required polishing.

It's a public forum, I'll comment wherever the hell I please. It never ceases to amaze me how people don't realise that.

What are you 10 years old?

Ldude893:
I see Valve's not the only one applying Valve Time to their game development practices.
I think it's a good idea to delay it, it'll give them more time to polish the game to the highest quality. From the trailers, the game look pretty good already, and now they can make it even better.

Difference, Square is doing it to be catious because of FF14 cluster fuck of a release. Valve is just a bunch of lazy fucks with ADD (I DONT care if they released several games after Ep.2, Those things were suppose to be short and quick expansion-ettes.)

Good they need to think about quality after FF13. Besides Deus Ex is on my "get whenever" list

well I guess htats not such a bad thing..still

ManThatYouFear:

Ephraim J. Witchwood:

Adzma:

It never ceases to amaze me how people that have no interest in the subject matter bother to voice that fact to everyone else. JUST DON'T COMMENT.

OT: I haven't been following this game that closely, but I am keen to give it a try. I'm all for delays that are required polishing.

It's a public forum, I'll comment wherever the hell I please. It never ceases to amaze me how people don't realise that.

What are you 10 years old?

Oh, I'm sorry. Did my snarkiness towards one of the most revered game franchises of all time offend you? Really, insulting someone's maturity because of the way they express themselves isn't the best way to go about things. I don't care about the game, but since it's a public forum, I'm still gonna post something if I feel like it. If you don't like it, start your own forum and ban anyone saying something that even hints at them being there only because they feel like being there.

As long as it's just polishing I'm fine with that. Whenever a company tries a dramatic, last-minute actual change it doesn't end well.

Better delayed than a half finished buggy game.
I'v waited ten years for a proper sequel to Deus Ex, a few months longer don't bother me.

I just hope this doesn't mean Square Enix is going to take a more hands-on approach with the game's polish. I realize that Square Enix own Eidos, but Eidos Montreal seemed to be doing a great job to me and I really don't trust Square Enix's decision making at this point.

And Gaming Gods decreed "Square Enix, thou shalt preform penitence for your sins (FFXIV). Thou shall find your annual earnings reduced by 9 of every ten yen, and thou shalt delay the release of thine most anticipated game, for low, it was incomplete."
And low, it was as the gods said.

Ephraim J. Witchwood:
'Kay. News I care aboot, plox? :3

'Kay. Comment that's not useless, pl0x? x3

Good. I want the game to be awesome. There's no point releasing a game that's not polished.

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