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Wednesday, September 20, 2000

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Black and White Delayed, Again
11:06 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

Lionhead Software's upcoming 'god game' Black and White has been one of the most anticipated titles of the past year, but it appears that gamers will have to wait until next year to play it. The team has decided to delay the game yet again, in order to give it more polish and avoid the post-Holiday lull in the game market. A report on Well-Rounded Entertainment confirms that the game has indeed been moved back:

Electronic Arts has confirmed that, despite longstanding hopes and assurances, Peter Molyneux's Black & White will not ship in 2000. The game has been pushed back to Spring 2001 for a number of reasons.

Competition's a big one. B&W was shaping up, at best, for a mid-December release date - which traditionally has been a very, very slow period for game sales. By that point, most consumers have done their holiday shopping and don't have leftover money to buy games. B&W has been building such a strong buzz over its development cycle that EA wants to ensure the game gets the attention it deserves.

Also, while EA officials tell us the game could have been rushed to meet the holiday sales period, they chose to give Molyneux a little more time to polish things, which should result in a better playing experience.

Nearly three years in development, Black and White has progressed in complexity and beauty to become a game found at the top of every gaming site's 'most wanted' list. After such a long period, a few more months shouldn't matter. For more information on this title, visit the Lionhead web site. While there are no official plans to bring this game to the Mac OS, we have suspicions that such a port may indeed be in progress. More details will be available soon.

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