The list of games getting pushed from Fall 2009 to 2010 has grown once again. Publisher Take-Two has announced that Bioshock 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2007 first person shooter, will be delayed until fiscal year 2010. Take-Two specified two main motivations behind the delay, both to give the developers additional time to meet fan expectations, and to give the title more of a chance competitively.
The original Bioshock released in August 2007, only a month before the hugely marketed Halo 3, but did extremely well nonetheless, selling over 2 million copies on the Xbox 360 alone. Bioshock 2 likely could have held its ground against any competition, but Take-Two might be wary of Modern Warfare 2’s massive popularity taking a hit out of Bioshock 2’s sales.
In early 2010, there will be less competition and less chance of Bioshock 2 being lost among other new games. However, other big hits like Mass Effect 2, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and potentially even Starcraft II might also be hitting in early 2010, perhaps making it more crowded than publishers initially expected. In any case, fans will now have to wait a little longer to return to the underwater dystopia of Rapture.
Modern Warfare 2 seems to be playing a role in the rapidly thinning release schedule of Fall 2009, scaring away many publishers from releasing games in the same time period. Do you think Take-Two made a wise decision in delaying Bioshock 2? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
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