Microsoft's sci-fi RPG, Mass Effect
, has slipped back to January 2008 according to retailer GAME's website.
The game was initially expected in June, before dropping back to September
. While a September release – dropping it in front of Christmas rather than summer – would probably not have hurt the game's sales, a delay until January and the post-Greedmas doldrums almost certainly will.
SPOnG has put a call into Microsoft today to see whether this is merely a clerical error, or another slab of slippage.Mass Effect
joins a growing list of big releases that have slipped beyond their expected release date.
In the last few months we've seen Halo 2
for the PC, BioShock
, Mario Party 8
, Metal Gear Solid 4
, Half Life Episode 2
, Guitar Hero 2
for the 360 and Spore
, all slip.
That list begs the question: what's the game industry playing at? It's mature enough by now to have worked out how long it takes to build a game.
SPOnG will be thoroughly unsurprised if we start to see the PR machine getting more and more tight-lipped about release dates, with internment camps set up for loose-lipped developers and execs who can't keep schtum.
For more on Mass Effect
see SPOnG's dedicated game page.