I’m baffled as I write this article. Having poured over numerous comments on various message boards and comment sections regarding the recent announcement that two highly anticipated soon to be released games are being delayed, I can see only negativity comments ( mostly) and un-substantiated speculation . Why exactly are The Division and Rainbow Six Siege being delayed until Q1 2016 and what does this mean for gamer’s looking forward to what would have been a jam packed holiday season?
Lets first have a look at the official announcement from Ubisoft/ Massive in regards to The Division.
Tom Clancy’s The Division available Q1 2016
05/12/2015 05:38 PM
We have decided to release the game on Xbox One, PS4 and PC during the first quarter of calendar year 2016.
All of us at Massive, Reflections, Red Storm Entertainment and Ubisoft Annecy want to ensure the game not only meets our high expectations but also those of our fans and players alike. We are proud of what we have achieved so far and can’t wait to show you more next month at E3!
Thanks for your support,
The Dev Team
Interpreting this public statement one could assume that the game is just not ready and the developers are simply giving themselves some breathing room to keep working on the game in an effort to deliver the best possible game they can for all of us ravenous gamer’s.
I would tend to agree with that assumption.
I also believe that Massive Entertainment ( the Developers of The Division) had a forward look at the landscape in 2015 and realized the same thing that I did back in March, and that is…
There is no way that The Division would be able to launch in 2015 and not be at risk of getting buried under other well known games that are releasing or more established franchises.
Traditionally new IP’s release in a window that affords them some room to grow on gamer’s. Two examples of this were/are , Titanfall ( March 11, 2014) and Shadows of Mordor ( September 30th). Essentially anything before the fourth quarter of the year. This year we will have an onslaught of AAA games competing for players wallets in the form of Halo, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed ( another Ubisoft title), Star Wars Battlefront, Metal Gear Solid 5 and potentially other unannounced titles.
Ubisoft has had a terrible year as far as garnering community favor in their titles. With Watchdogs launching last year with all the controversy and then Assassins Creed unity finishing off the year with some major bugs,Ubisoft needs to reclaim some cred from gamer’s. If the Division is launched in a less than perfect state there will be rioting in the streets!
Massive knows this as well and is very in touch with the community that will be playing this game. They know what’s on the line as well as the potential rewards for delivering a incredible gaming experience. If they can come through with everything they have been talking about and shown we are in for one heck of an amazing experience.
While this delay may first feel like there is a feeling of disappointment about not getting a game that they told us would be launching in 2015, I myself am okay with it and will have more than enough gaming content to keep me occupied until March 2016.
Dwayne”EVO Knight” Morash