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Condensed Release Schedule |

There is a ton of amazing PS3 software coming out this year. I count nine titles that I am dying to purchase at full price. That’s an excellent year for the PS3, however, I have one complaint:

Why is every last title that I really want being released in a tiny four week release window from 10/23 to 11/20? Months like January we got nothing. Months like February through September we get some high quality products, but still not the games that many people such as myself really, really want.

Do all the big studios really think they have to put out all their software right before Christmas?

Or is it due to the newness of the PS3, that this is when the really good stuff is just starting to roll in?

Next year seems like the great releases will be spread out a little better: Burnout, GTA4, MGS4, GT5, RE5, and Killzone2 should all scheduled to be released throughout the calendar year, well before Christmas. Then again, anyone remember this post that I made in November of 2006? Most of the the titles we were expecting to hit at the beginning of 2007 got delayed to the end of 2007.

  • Mike

    Publishers do this every year. The leave the summer wide open for the most part, release everything in the fall, and then wonder why some games don’t sell well. In a lot of cases even if you have the money to buy everything you want, do you have the time to play all of them to the extent that warrants the purchase?

    I usually just try to pick which four or five games I want the most, buy those, play them, and pick up the rest after price drops the following spring or summer. I bought Ratchet & Clank Up Your Arsenal in 2004 and just played it this past summer. I’m going to try to avoid that type of situation in the near future.

  • I guess we have to learn that we can’t really trust a release date until it is one or two weeks away. Seems like these days, publishers are willing to discard a release date if the extra time means that the game is better. I guess it’s better than rushing a game but maybe the real problem is with the estimates. Wouldn’t it be better if they purposefully overestimated the amount of time it would take to finish making the game so we could get a nice surprise when it comes out early?

  • derrickgott007

    It has everything to do with Christmas…..

  • Matt

    I personally think the crowded Christmas release is a blessing. Right now I am playing and loving Bioshock. I should be about finished when Halo 3 comes out. Then I can take a break and play Mass Effect. That is honestly all the time I will have to game this year.

    The great thing is when January hits CoD4 will be a great pickup and maybe I can pick it up on sale then. Then Army of Two, Orange Box, and sooo many others will be available after that, hopefully on the cheap. I am not worried about 2008 until summer at the earliest, and even then I still might be catching up with Holiday 2007/early 2008 releases.

    The next 6 months will be a time to remember. This might be the greatest release window ever! Now I need to hit the lottery so I have the time to play all of these games.