Harvey Birdman grounded until 2008

Capcom holds on to legal eagle's first gaming flight for a few more months to avoid some competition.

Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law needs some room to soar. That's the basic reasoning Capcom gave this weekend for delaying the release of Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Wii until next year.

Capcom's senior director of strategic planning and research Christian Svensson responded to a message board post on Saturday asking why online retailers were listing the game with a 2008 launch date.

"The game is and has been finished, submitted and approved," Svensson wrote, "however we felt releasing the game on the same day 112 other SKUs released was not ideal for its chances. Retail buyers agreed."

"As such, we've opted to move the title out into a slightly cleaner release window. This will allow us to get on more shelves, do a bit more outreach to the media and hopefully get the fans in on the action a bit more."

Some of the competition Capcom hoped to get away from is actually going to be joining Harvey Birdman in 2008, as Electronic Arts today delayed Army of Two until next year as well. Both games had previously been scheduled for release on November 13.

[UPDATE] A Capcom representative has narrowed the new release window for Harvey Birdman, telling GameSpot that the title is now expected to ship in January.

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31 comments
Space-Q
Space-Q

I don't understand, half of the most anticipated games are being delayed until next year. so they are just going to face the same problem next year as well.

grendel_hayato
grendel_hayato

if capcom wants me to buy this game but wait sooooooo long for it, they better put in some extras to compensate. like say.... the first 2 seasons as unlockable bonuses? :) i'm sure fans will agree.

boobush
boobush

Harvey Birdman!? Come on. On the other hand, Capcom is the publisher, on the other hand I just grew, the developer is High Voltage Software, which I haven't heard of, on the other tiny plastic hand I use to scratch my back with, the have been several cases of small studios who have made great video games, like Bungie, who was published by Microsoft. So it's to take a lookat or hear feedback.

Shishio817
Shishio817

Good decision. I'll definitely check it out.

bernieberry
bernieberry

Great idea. Will have a better chance of higher sales.

Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

Didn't know a harvey game was in production It's definitely worth checking out at least for me :)

jackanderson
jackanderson

Good descision, although with it not being released in Europe |:-(

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

Good call for Capcom. This a move often employed by the movie industry, yet seemingly not enough in the game industry.

kori911
kori911

whooo hah! Avenger, get me my game!

nihuna
nihuna

HA-HA! De-LAID!.....

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'd be more interested in a Wii version of Ace Attorney myself.

Acid_Kitsune
Acid_Kitsune

Greatest show ever (followed by Venture Bros. and Robot Chicken) I'm really looking forward to this game.

finaleve
finaleve

Looking forward to this game. I mean, Capcom brought us Phoenix Wright and that is a great series. And with the crew they have going, it might be a good game.

JonnyNemesis
JonnyNemesis

Can't really say I'm interested in the game, but it's good to see publishers are getting smart about releasing games. I'm so sick of having 20,000 games being released at the end of the year, and then being stuck in the doldrums during the summer.

NikBZero
NikBZero

Probbly moved it since they know it's a horrid game and I doubt it'll sell whatever time they bring it out Capcom = Sucks

n2Deepeth
n2Deepeth

Smart. It's hard to compete against established games coming out now like Phoenix Wright 3, and it's better to wait for a drought. I distinctly remember the circumstances surrounding the release of Tales of Symphonia: game drought on all consoles with the Gamecube having no RPGs plus a preorder bonus. It made ToS a resounding success.

nyoroism
nyoroism

Must... Replenish... My Strength... BIIIIIIIIIIIRD MAAAN

N8A
N8A

bundle the game with season one and two!

TalesofRaGnArOk
TalesofRaGnArOk

This show rocks...but Im still getting Pheonix wright before this.

Lord_Daemon
Lord_Daemon

For a niche game it's probably just as well they make room for the big titles lest they be another good title that went by unnoticed in a flood of holiday games.

xboxFan101
xboxFan101

i swear this game should be m- rated tho have y'all seen this show lmfao it's insane the tings that they say my gosh , no to mention they have sum gay talks in the show to. but whatever who im i to say anything right??

oliver_475
oliver_475

Scratch this, ill get Gykuten Saiban 4....

lilt0193
lilt0193

cause it's gonna get major sales in 2008....

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'd much rather have the Aqua Teen Hunger Force Ninja Pro-Am