BioShock Infinite Hit With Another Delay

BioShock Infinite Hit With Another Delay

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Your ticket to Columbia just got put on hold, but only temporarily.

Before I and the rest of the journalists who had assembled for the BioShock Infinite preview event on Thursday were allowed to put our hands on the game, Ken Levine spoke briefly about the project as a whole. While it was largely upbeat news regarding Irrational's new title, he also revealed that the game would not meet its February 2013 launch date. The latest entry into the BioShock saga will launch instead on March 26, 2013.

When speaking about the delay, Levine noted that while the game is progressing fantastically - and you can read my own impressions in a hands-on preview just published - Infinite could use one more round of "polishing and bug fixing" before it hits store shelves.

While news of a delay is never easy to take, especially when it comes to a game as anticipated as Infinite, this one appears to be for the best. During my play time with the title, there were a few unfortunate bits of slowdown and some awkward loading pauses even during combat, so it's best to get these things ironed out before release.

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Could Mr. Ken Levine be one of the very few game developers who can say to a publisher "wait, we need more polish" and get that time?

Or is it really that buggy? :P

But after all that, I'm gonna have to change a date in my iCalendar. How freaking inconsiderate is that.

Well, I would rather it be released right rather than quick, I can wait.

A one month delay is a small price to pay for a considerably less buggy game. I'll live.

If only this could be an example for other publishers that force their developers to rush the game out of the door.

Ken, you can spend as much money fixing up your game as you want. But, you do have to release the thing eventually.

You'll not deny me my Bioshock Infinite forever! I'm coming for you!

*froths at the mouth*

You see people, Stop using the words 'Infinite' or 'forever' in your title, because it clearly leads to the games themselves taking an inordinate amount of time to get out the door...

Alright, people, you know the drill.

Repeat after me: "Better to be delayed and improved than on time and sub-standard."

ZehMadScientist:
A one month delay is a small price to pay for a considerably less buggy game. I'll live.

If only this could be an example for other publishers that force their developers to rush the game out of the door.

Given the typical highly scripted and linear nature of Bioshock, I wouldn't call this a good sign. Still, they could feed us any crock of shit.

I can wait for the game to be released, but Kevin don't pull a Final Fantasy Versus XIII on us.

Ruairi iliffe:
You see people, Stop using the words 'Infinite' or 'forever' in your title, because it clearly leads to the games themselves taking an inordinate amount of time to get out the door...

How do you explain Versus XIII then? XD

Sorry, I just enjoy making fun of how long it's taken for them to release what was supposed to be a PS3 launch title.

maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrch?

I pre orded this thing dammit! 0_0....

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So she needs to change her costume yet again? http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/7.395233-Russian-Cosplayer-Becomes-Bioshock-Infinites-Elizabeth

I wonder if we'll even end up being able to see her face till this game is released.

(^... and here we go again...^)

Take your time, Ken. I'd rather a game be released late but polished rather than one pushed out the door and patched later.

Neronium:

Ruairi iliffe:
You see people, Stop using the words 'Infinite' or 'forever' in your title, because it clearly leads to the games themselves taking an inordinate amount of time to get out the door...

How do you explain Versus XIII then? XD

Sorry, I just enjoy making fun of how long it's taken for them to release what was supposed to be a PS3 launch title.

Oh well this is an easy one to solve. Ever notice how each FF game takes longer and longer to come out? Simply put as the number in the title Increases so does time it takes to come out until it reaches complete synchronization of Number/Years.

This clearly is additional proof of this phenomenon, which i like to call The Grand Theory of Titletivity.

Ruairi iliffe:

Neronium:

Ruairi iliffe:
You see people, Stop using the words 'Infinite' or 'forever' in your title, because it clearly leads to the games themselves taking an inordinate amount of time to get out the door...

How do you explain Versus XIII then? XD

Sorry, I just enjoy making fun of how long it's taken for them to release what was supposed to be a PS3 launch title.

Oh well this is an easy one to solve. Ever notice how each FF game takes longer and longer to come out? Simply put as the number in the title Increases so does time it takes to come out until it reaches complete synchronization of Number/Years.

This clearly is additional proof of this phenomenon, which i like to call The Grand Theory of Titletivity.

...My god that is genius! I never thought of it in that way. Although how do you explain the delay of Kingdom Hearts 3 then, and I know that most of the KH team is working on Versus XIII.
All I know is that this game better not be full of bugs when it's released or it would seem that during the time of this delay all the bug testers did was twiddle their thumbs.

antidonkey:
Take your time, Ken. I'd rather a game be released late but polished rather than one pushed out the door and patched later.

This.

So many games are pushed out the door with glitches and bugs that require patches to be released within the week.

Neronium:

Ruairi iliffe:

Neronium:

How do you explain Versus XIII then? XD

Sorry, I just enjoy making fun of how long it's taken for them to release what was supposed to be a PS3 launch title.

Oh well this is an easy one to solve. Ever notice how each FF game takes longer and longer to come out? Simply put as the number in the title Increases so does time it takes to come out until it reaches complete synchronization of Number/Years.

This clearly is additional proof of this phenomenon, which i like to call The Grand Theory of Titletivity.

...My god that is genius! I never thought of it in that way. Although how do you explain the delay of Kingdom Hearts 3 then, and I know that most of the KH team is working on Versus XIII.
All I know is that this game better not be full of bugs when it's released or it would seem that during the time of this delay all the bug testers did was twiddle their thumbs.

Development Event horizon, as a separate team pass though Event horizon of project work load the game Increases in mass to the point that Crunch time dilation occurs, thus all orbiting game titles are trapped until the Project blackhole evaporates either due to reaching critical mass and releasing the game to market or entropy of the Dev team occurs.

Also, as a QA i'd like to defend by peers by saying we do NOT sit on our arses, that is the job of the programers who don't reply to Bug reports.

Chrono212:
Could Mr. Ken Levine be one of the very few game developers who can say to a publisher "wait, we need more polish" and get that time?

I wish he had that kind of clout during the original BioShock's development. We could have ended up with a game that had the same story but the much-improved gameplay of its sequel.

Steve the Pocket:

Chrono212:
Could Mr. Ken Levine be one of the very few game developers who can say to a publisher "wait, we need more polish" and get that time?

I wish he had that kind of clout during the original BioShock's development. We could have ended up with a game that had the same story but the much-improved gameplay of its sequel.

That's exactly what sequels are for.

Steve the Pocket:

Chrono212:
Could Mr. Ken Levine be one of the very few game developers who can say to a publisher "wait, we need more polish" and get that time?

I wish he had that kind of clout during the original BioShock's development. We could have ended up with a game that had the same story but the much-improved gameplay of its sequel.

If I recall correctly, the original Bioshock was delayed to all hell too. And it was still fairly buggy. What makes anyone think this will be different? System Shock and System Shock 2 were also buggy messes.

DANGIT IRRATIONAL! Why you gotta string me along like this???

O well; less bugs is always good.

Looking forward to it all the same. A month really isn't all that long to wait; especially considering how much other games have to play at the moment. ;D

Zhukov:
Alright, people, you know the drill.

Repeat after me: "Better to be delayed and improved than on time and sub-standard."

Or you could just hold up a copy of 007 Legends. Speaks for itself really. Or rather, gargles hideously.

I completely understand and respect this decision. It's kinda good because I can save up a little more and not feel totally outrageous sinking $150 into a game in one month. I just wish other developers/publishers could do this :(

Zhukov:
Alright, people, you know the drill.

Repeat after me: "Better to be delayed and improved than on time and sub-standard."

Better to be a great game with finely balancde gameplay and no massive crippling technical issues than a rushed out the door before the competition mess sent to die at the hands of critics.

I'm sure we can think of certain titles in recent times that fell into the latter.

OT: Good, I'd really rather this game was as polished as can be, just gotta keep hope that it doesn't somehow vanish from the face of the earth.

I suspect this may have less to do with "Bugfixes" and "Polish" and more to do with the proximity to the holiday season.
There's a reason we see a two month gap in major game launches after Christmas: Bills.

March is the first month we generally see big titles drop in the year, with most of the very worst coming out in January and February.

Makes me wonder how many pre-orders this game got that they can delay it so many times for polish. Also makes me wonder how many pre-orders this game got that they potentially might be pulling a Duke Nukem Forever. I trust it's the former =D

Take as long as you need guys. Seriously...take as long as you need. Better having wait a little longer for an awesome and almost flawless game experience than a quick wait which results in a horrible buggy mess.

Ohh no, what a shock. Nobody saw this coming. (this sentence is so filled with sarcasm it have now spawned a new Charlie Brooker)

Well, delay is better than a clitch party I suppose, just wish they would Finnish it before I had to start thinking of watch to give my grandchildren for Christmas. Please

Whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine and complaaaaaaaaaain!

*Sigh* Fine, it's just one more month. But it better be fucking mind blowing awesome! >_____>

Honestly, how long is it possible to retain hype for such a game.
Well it better be f*cking awesome then!

I hope this isn't a delay while they design Elizabeth to look even more like a Japanese schoolgirl. Maybe they can deflate Songbird a little, if the rumour's I heard about her design are true.

Oh well, I probably still won't buy it anytime soon. I'll need some serious convincing from certain people I know before I take a stab at the game.

 

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