Sims 2, MOH: Pacific Assault Delayed
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Multi-platform game publishing moguls Electronic Arts announced on Tuesday that the release dates for the sequels of two of their most popular franchises have been delayed.
In a financial conference call announcing Electronic Arts' Q4 2003 earnings, company executives declared that the release date for The Sims 2, the second generation of Will Wright's popular "life simulator", will be delayed until the later half of 2004. Calling the development of the highly-anticipate sequel "a huge undertaking", game developers Maxis confirmed that they will take advantage of the extra development time to further polish the game, and ensure that the title will fulfill the developer's vision. From the EA website:
EA will ship The Sims 2 in the later half of Calendar Year '04. We have learned from past launches that a game is ready when it is ready. The extra time in the studio will ensure a great game – one that is consistent with the high standards set by EA’s Maxis studio. When games spend more time in the studio, it almost always results in a better experience for the people that play them.Also announced on Tuesday, the latest expansion for EA's popular World War II-based shooter, Medal Of Honour: Pacific Assault, is also being delayed until the second or third quarter of the company's 2005 fiscal year. Due to the timing of the company's financial year-end, that means the game will not be released until after June of this year.
While the game was declared "on the cusp of being finished" over three months ago, EA's chief financial officer, Warren Jenson, assured stockholders that the delay is required only to finish polishing the game. According to Jenson, "...[the delay is] about the entertainment experience, critic meta-rating, and, ultimately, sales."
While there has been no official word on OS X-friendly versions of either of the two games, strong sales of the original series on the Mac all but ensure their availability on our favorite platform. Stay tuned to IMG as the tales of these two titles unfolds.
EA: The Sims 2 Delayed
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