Monday, September 24, 2007

Gods & Heroes delayed

Via Common Sense Gamer I heard the news that Perpetual is delaying the release of Gods & Heroes to early 2008. They are also "restructuring", a.k.a. firing people. While Darren worries about the impression that makes, and the fate of the fired people, and the originality of Gods & Heroes, I'm personally more worried about the timing. If WoW's Wrath of the Lich King second expansion, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Age of Conan and Gods & Heroes are all released around the same date, the latter two are likely to fall through the cracks. Yeah, I'm not a big fan of WotLK, and I have certain doubts about WAR, but I'm pretty sure that these two will sell very, very well. In comparison AoC and G&H are definitely second league.

Speaking of second league, I don't think anyone confuses Pirates of the Burning Sea with the mythical "WoW killer". But apparently PotBS is well on track to be released in time for the christmas business, and lo and behold, now it will be the only MMORPG released then. This is a chance for Flying Labs, they could really profit from this good timing if their game is in a playable state on release. Not talking millions of subscribers here, but over 100,000 would probably be enough to get back the development cost and keep them afloat. I wish them the best of luck.

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