August 4th, 2010
Were you excited to play Fable III or Crysis 2 on PC this year? Too bad. You’re gonna have to wait until at least next year, both Microsoft and Electronic Arts announced this week, lending further credibility to the belief that PC still plays second fiddle to consoles when it comes to shipping games on time.
Microsoft, for its part, couched the bad news with the following, noting that the Xbox 360 version will still make its Oct. 26 release: "The console and PC versions are now on different schedules as we’re focusing on building experiences optimized for each platform. We aren’t announcing a ship date for the PC SKU at this time, but expect news soon.”
Upon announcement of Fable III last year, Microsoft said the PC version would release simultaneously alongside the console version. In June, the company remarked that Fable III on PC this holiday marked “a great first step” (albeit a delayed on now) as Microsoft recommits itself to the oft-overlooked gaming platform.
But the Windows-maker isn’t the only publisher asking for renewed gamer patience. Electronic Arts today quietly revealed in their first-quarter report that the highly anticipated Crysis 2 would be delayed until sometime in the first quarter of 2011 for a "better window” (aka less competitive release calendar) and more “polishing."
The news comes as PC gamers continue to see an unfair share of game delays, as recently documented here, here, here, and here.
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