SIONR: The Gaming Holiday Season Sucks

So, the new Assassin’s Creed game is out.  Already, stories are coming out about a BUNCH of problems, from framerate issues to bugs.  Not to mention the HUGE amount of online stuff that makes the other problems worse.  The same thing is happening to the Halo: Master Chief Collection that has also been rushed to market.  With that game, the online multiplayer is broken.  Both Ubisoft and 343 Industries are saying that they are working ’round the clock to fix them.  Hey, here’s a thought – why not get them right at launch?  The holiday season comes every year, and every year, you have games being rushed out the door to meet it.  And almost all these games have problems.  This needs to be fixed.  How?  That’s easy – by getting rid of the holiday season for gaming.

This isn’t a new concept.  It’s been done several times.  The reboot of Devil May Cry was pushed back to January of 2013.  And it was awesome.  The Evil Within was continually pushed back, to the point that gamers were about to lose it.  But when we got our hands on it, it was fucking awesome!  It was worth every second of wait.  And, of course, both of these games made bank hardcore.  The final chapter of Rocksteady’s Arkham franchise has been delayed until February, and you know what, I am fucking stoked!  They clearly put a TON of TLC into this game, and it looks amazing.

Why do publishing companies not understand that you can release games anytime and they will still do well?  The best game of last year, The Last of Us, came out in April, and it made bank like a fucking boss.  The DLC game Journey came out in March of 2012, and it was one of the best games of that year.  Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch came out in January of last year, and it was fucking amazing.  The best years in gaming are the ones where you don’t have a holiday gaming season.  Where they just release games.  Yet so many game developers are being pushed to get their games out the door in time for the holidays.  I just don’t get why.

Why are they unable to learn from Hollywood?  The best movies of this year didn’t come out in the summer holiday season.  The two best Marvel movies, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy came out at the beginning and tail end of the summer season, respectively.  And both made bank hardcore.  Good movies can come out at any time of the year, and they will make money, if people know they are good.

Let’s look at next year.  You have February.  That is going to be a HUGE month for gaming.  You have Bloodbourne, a GORGEOUS and dark action horror RPG.  You have The Order: 1886, which is another action horror game that is dripping in atmosphere.  You have the final chapter in the Arkham franchise, Arkham Knight.  The demos for this game have been unreal.  Everything looks amazing.  They are offering a TON of DLC with a new copy.  Rocksteady has shown that they don’t rush games to market.  If it is out there, it’s good.  And before you say that Arkham Origins wasn’t that good, that wasn’t their game.  That was a studio called Splash Damage.  And I don’t actually think that that game was bad.  It wasn’t especially exciting, but it had its moments.  Not to mention Troy Baker’s Joker.  All of these games are going to make bank.  Guaranteed.  They come out at the beginning of next year, and they will make bank.

Then you have a game that I have been waiting for for years!  Nine years, it will be, since it was announced.  I have put it all together.  See, in their newest preview for the American version of Final Fantasy Type-0, there was a bit at the end of a code coming out with it for a playable demo of Final Fantasy XV.  To me, that says one thing – a later release of the game!  I have it all figured out.  They’ll release that playable demo, then have an awesome dub trailer at E3.  There, it’ll have the release date, which will be a couple months later!  It’s perfect!  Get the hype train running at full speed.  Square Enix is making this game a flagship for their efforts on the next generation, and it is so obvious that this game got love and care.  Tetsuya Nomura regards this as his baby, and he wants his baby to be flawless.  I can’t wait!

Lastly, there is Ubisoft’s new MMO, The Division.  This game has been delayed too, so that they can get it right.  It’s weird how Ubisoft gets that right with one game, but not another.  Did they just ignore the memo or something about taking the time to work out the kinks?

Gamers aren’t the most patient lot.  When we spend a fair chunk of change to buy a game, we want it done right, the first time.  We don’t want to have to wait for a patch or DLC to fix the problems of a game.  There are SO many games coming out this holiday season.  Almost all of them in the same day.  Who’s got the time or money to invest in all that?  Games aren’t cheap.  We need time to recharge our wallets and play games.  That’s not something we can just do.

I get that the suits who run gaming companies are probably never going to read this post.  These people want money, and lots of it.  It’s the reason that there is a new Call of Duty game every year.  Big AAA gaming companies depend on big hits and getting them out fast.  What these companies don’t seem to get is that they can still make that money if they release a game in April or October.  So long as the final product is good, we’ll buy it!  Any time of the year, if you release a good game, and reviewers tell people that it’s a good game, people will buy it.  I guarantee it.

We just don’t want to be dicked around.  Or given the finger, as Crystal Dynamics stupidly did by making Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One exclusive.  Fucking idiots.

Until next time, a quote,

“I always wanted to play this!” -Ellie
“Yeah, I was never a big fan of these things.”  -Joel, The Last of Us

Peace out,

Maverick

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5 thoughts on “SIONR: The Gaming Holiday Season Sucks

  1. What confuses me more is that these titles already have the swell of people wanting to buy them, it isn’t like they NEED the holiday season when most people are letting the money fly to get bank, I myself had money in storage for games coming out that I’ve followed released on dates across the year.

    • I know, right? You’d think that the publishing companies would see that. If they know they have a guarantee of business, why feel the need to push it out the door? You’d think they would be cozy waiting, knowing that the money is going to come. Or, in the case of pre-orders, already had.

      • Suits: Quick! We need to throw half of the budget into marketing for the new “insert AAA title with a massive following here”!

        Everyone:……Why?

      • Suits: Because, if we don’t make money at a fast pace, we don’t get as big a bonus! Can’t you think of us?!

      • My man you earn enough to live well for a year in a month, why do the rich need MORE money, I could live as I as am (with a few extras) fine.

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