God Of War Ragnarök – will it really make it out this year? (pic: Sony)
The Friday letters page looks forward to new game announcements from Capcom, as one reader is worried about the 2022 summer games drought.
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The shadow of Covid
So, the delay of Starfield was a bit of a bummer. I don’t think anyone was too surprised given how little they’ve show of it but it’s still a shame as it’s a new IP and just about the only exciting thing scheduled for Christmas at the moment. Now things are looking bleak and with God Of War Ragnarök being the only major title left that isn’t a yearly sequel I’m wondering… how long until that gets delayed too?
I know they recently said that it wasn’t delayed, but that wasn’t Sony it was just a random developer. And besides it wasn’t long ago that Microsoft was counting down 200 days till Starfield.
I’m not blaming anyone here, I would much rather a game be delayed than launch as a buggy mess, but I think it underlines how long the pandemic is going to have a negative effect on games. It might be largely over now but it’s going to be delaying games, and limiting stock, for years ahead – at least two from what I can see.
I won’t be surprised if God Of War is delayed and I wouldn’t be surprised if Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 and Starfield don’t make it out until next Christmas at the earliest.
The new norm
So that Indie World livestream from Nintendo really was nothing at all, not very exciting. It’s only a small example but it makes me think that the excitement of the first three months of the year is just going to end up with a completely barren Christmas and even more barren summer games drought than usual. Especially after those two Xbox games were delayed.
No one’s fault perhaps but as with most things in the world right now I can’t wait till everything goes back to normal, if it even will. If companies start releasing more games at the start of the year on purpose, I certainly won’t complain about that but is it really such a crazy idea to have them spread out across all 12 months?
Is there a time when people don’t buy games? I can see that the summer months would be down, a bit, but how long does the British summer really last? Two or three weeks? If I have to wait until next January for any interesting games to come out that’s going to seem like forever.
Getting very excited to hear that Capcom has a bunch of new games to announce this year. All this time and they’re still my favourite publisher, and I’m very glad they haven’t been bought up by someone yet.
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