Dead to Rights pushed to 2010?

Namco Bandai's canine-and-cop action game won't walk the beat until next year in UK; US retailers also listing game as delayed.

Dead to Rights fans have been waiting four years for a new installment in the third-person shooter series, and at least some of them will have to wait a little longer still. Namco Bandai Partners updated its UK release schedule today and in the process gave Dead to Rights: Retribution for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 a 2010 launch window.

Shadow heroically drags a SARS patient into oncoming traffic.

While a Namco Bandai Games America representative had not returned GameSpot's request for confirmation as of press time, British gamers may have some company on the sidelines. Originally announced for a 2009 release, Dead to Rights: Retribution on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is being listed by North American retailers with 2010 shipping dates attached.

GameStop is accepting Retribution preorders for either platform with a March 1, 2010, release date. Amazon.com is the slightest bit more optimistic, pegging both versions as coming out February 28, 2010. CD Universe is the most conservative of the bunch, advertising the game with a March 24, 2010, date attached.

Whenever it releases, Dead to Rights: Retribution will attempt to distinguish itself by hybridizing the third-person shooter and beat-'em-up genres. At range, players will be able to put dedicated cop Jack Slate's marksman prowess to the test, using cover, blind fire, and human shields to down his foes. Up close, players will have access to branching hand-to-hand combos, counterattacks, and disarming techniques. Players will also be able to take control of the Hooch to Slate's Turner, Shadow, in certain situations throughout the course of the game.

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Dead to Rights: Retribution.

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15 comments
splacc
splacc

wow akiwak is right whoz going to have the money to buy all these great games coming out this year smh not me i already know witch one im going to buyz

akiwak
akiwak

Too many big name games coming out this year lets let this one stay in the oven a little more. I want a solid third person action game!!!

shkar
shkar

wow.........Modern Warfare 2 beats the **** out of almost every company and that's why they r pushing back their games like that.......

denicola_a_god
denicola_a_god

alot of good games being pushed back to 2010 i dnt blame the devs alotta great games for holiday season 09

JedixMind
JedixMind

ya take that year and plz make it a lotttt smoother. btw how much of a newb is this reviewer? the creative director says the dogs name"shadow" like 10 times, @3:01 Whats the dogs name again? lollllz u clearly have never played Dead to rights....haha he called it Dead rising.

NuKkU
NuKkU

thats cool man its to make the game better and plus i have way to many games to buy this year :D

jenguando
jenguando

Hmm if they use this time for a much needed polishing, then i have no objections.

OldSchoolPlaya
OldSchoolPlaya

Just like most games released for both the 360 and PS3, the difficult-to-develop-for PS3 is holding up the release date for yet another anticipated title.

hortys_999
hortys_999

in every interview i heard them giving at e3 they were all saying '10, i don't see how this is a surprise... even in the gamespot's own e3 stage demo posted below this very article he's says it comes out in 2010...

YoungDab
YoungDab

This game looks hella bulky.I felt like it was dead to rights:Gears Of War. This game isnt soppose to be lookin so chunky,the character is massive word up Lool.

Paul_GameFury
Paul_GameFury

This could be a good sign. This means they aren't going to rush the game to make a Christmas release date.

ropumar
ropumar

At least the lights, shadows and reflection are are great. Of course everything else is bad.

robfield
robfield

2009 or 2010 I don't think many people are interested in this. Better chance in early 2010 though, so still a smart move.