One of the hazards of games development is ‘development hell’. The intentions of the developers always start off well – they spend forever working on their game because they want it to be just right. But just when they’re nearly finished, somebody points out that the market has changed from what it was when they first started, and technology has moved on. Often, any efforts to try and make any last minute changes cause enormous problems with the code – yet more time must be invested to make fixes and alterations. So much time, in fact, that by the time the game looks finished the goalposts have moved again. And so the cycle goes on.
While this struggle is going on behind the scenes, we consumers can only wait patiently for any news at all of a final release date. One of the most popular sports that has arisen as a result is 'Amazon Watching'. Of course, the dates that Amazon lists games being available from is by no means gospel – it’s often an educated guess and they’d rather put something than nothing: let’s not forget the false dawns of Half-Life 2.
One game that has languished in development for more than its fair share of time is Duke Nukem Forever. And it would be very easy to get excited about Amazon suggesting the Duke will be blasting his way back into our lives on December 2. They even have a picture of the pack art, but then so do we.
Don’t get carried away just yet. In the meantime, we’ll bring you more news on the release of this long-anticipated title as we get it.