SouthPeak Pushes Two Worlds II Launch to January

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Have you noticed the growing trend over the past couple years of notable games scheduled for holiday season releases being delayed to early the following year at the last minute? It seems publishers have caught on to the fact that it’s probably better business to spread games out across the year instead of rushing to dump them on consumers all at once within a three-month span.

LittleBigPlanet 2 has been the most prominent casualty of this holiday season so far with its recent delay to January (SOCOM 4 and Portal 2 were also pushed to next year after initially being announced for holiday 2010), and now SouthPeak has announced that Two Worlds II, originally scheduled to ship next week for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, has been put on hold until January in North America.

Here’s the official statement from SouthPeak:

There have been numerous posts recently regarding the release date of Two Worlds II. First of all, it’s gratifying to see that so many people care so much about the game and we thank you for your enthusiasm and passion. It’s definitely a game that we’re proud to publish; Reality Pump is on the verge of delivering a benchmark RPG experience.

Here’s the vital news: Two Worlds II is set for a January release in North America. We understand that this is not great news for those of you eager for an October release and we can understand that you might feel that our European cousins’ potentially getting the game before you is frustrating to say the least. However, there’s a reason for everything and although we feel that the game is truly at ‘AAA’ level, that reason is that we want Two Worlds II to be absolutely flawless when it launches in the North American market. Although we could bring the game to market earlier in order to take advantage of the holiday buying season, we felt that we would do a better service to you by making sure that the game you want is absolutely as it should be. It’s vital to us that we always give you the best possible information and this is the reason that we haven’t commented on the date before now; we did not want to say something to you, only to have that information change once again. Now, we are in a position to confirm the January release date.

For those that have said that they will torrent or import the game because they simply cannot wait, there’s nothing that we can do to stop you. However, please remember that by pirating the game, you are hurting those who worked hard to make the game for you, reducing the chance of another game in the future. By importing the game, you’re paying more money for something that if you can wait, you’ll be able to buy in January at a cheaper price and that will have benefited from heavyweight Quality Assurance (QA) for the North American market.

We’ll have a further update for our friends in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in the near future.

We are continually grateful for your understanding, patience and continued support.

Sincerely,

The SouthPeak Team

‘Tis sad news indeed, but after the disastrously buggy release state of the original game I’m all for Reality Pump taking the time to make sure the sequel is up to snuff before shipping.

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