PS3 News: Oblivion, Sonic Delayed, NBA Live Deceased

Oblivion_logo.jpgThe bumpy road to next-gen is often plagued with casualties minor and major, so here are three more: the PlayStation 3 version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion will not be available as a launch title. Instead, the game has been pushed back to a ‘Q1 2007’ release, according to Bethsoft’s Pete Hines. No reason was given for the delay, but given the company’s dedication to detail, the extra time will no doubt be spent in optimizing the game even more for the PS3 hardware. Still, one of the games I was looking forward to diving into next week has me reaching for the oxygen tank along with other gamers who were expecting a top-drawer RPG on day one. Sega’s next-gen Sonic the Hedgehog has also been delayed, but only until sometime in December, hopefully before Christmas (think of the kids, Sega, think of the kiiiiids!).
Onward to the canned…

As for NBA Live O7, EA has decided to scrap that project in favor of the all-new NBA Street: Homecourt title to be released for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 next year. While this isn’t a new thing for EA Sports (remember Madden ’96 on the PlayStation?) This news will disappoint fans of the series who automatically snap up EA’s game year after year, no matter the quality of the finished product. Me, I’m more upset about no Oblivion ’til next year, but I’m sure the wait will be worth it…

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