Doom 3, True Crime, Trinity delayed

Activision's latest financial earnings call reveals delays for several major games.

In its quarterly earnings call, Activision announced several significant changes to its release calendar for 2003 and 2004. Most notably, Activision said that it will, "for planning purposes," assume that Doom 3 won't be out until early 2004, but reminded that "as you know, id decides when it ships, not Activision." At many occasions since E3 2002, id has said the plan was to release the game by the end of 2003, but id's Tim Willits told us in May that the game won't ship until the studio is happy with it.

True Crime, the free-ranging action game set in a satellite-photo-perfect rendition of Los Angeles, is also being delayed, and it will ship in late 2003 rather than in September. Farther in the future, Trinity, Grey Matter's sci-fi action game, will now ship in Activision's 2005 fiscal year, which starts in April 2004. Activision mentioned a number of new games scheduled for release in 2004, including a Tenchu game for the Xbox. A summary of the release schedules mentioned in the earnings call is as follows:

Q4 2003:
Tony Hawk's Underground
True Crime: Streets of LA
Call of Duty
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World

Q1 2004:
Doom 3
Pitfall Harry
Tenchu for the Xbox
MTX Mototrax

Q2 2004 or later:
Trinity
Spider-Man 2
Shrek 2
Shark Slayer
Lemony Snicket
Rome: Total War
Quake IV
Call of Duty console game

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