Hell's Highway beta near, release delayed to early '08

[UPDATE] Gearbox confirms incoming beta test of multiplatform shooter, but Ubisoft has pushed the game back to the first quarter of next year.

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With the Halo 3 hype, Wii frenzy, and PS3 announcements dominating the headlines, many lower-profile games are being overshadowed in the public eye. One such game is Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway, the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 World War II shooter from Gearbox Software and Ubisoft.

Thought it was expected to hit retail before the year's end, it now seems Hell's Highway could be taking a detour to an early 2008 release. When asked if the game was still on schedule to ship for the holidays, a Gearbox rep said that nothing is currently set in stone. "Gearbox has yet to announce any release date," cautioned the rep. "There has been a good deal of speculation about the date, but we'll send out a news item when there's a real one. ... [Gearbox CEO] Randy [Pitchford] has recently stated that a release date will be coming very soon."

[UPDATE]: Shortly after press time, Ubisoft circulated an updated release calendar confirming that Hell's Highway would indeed miss its previously announced holiday 2007 launch window. The game will now ship in Ubisoft's fiscal fourth quarter, which runs from January to March. Despite the delay, fans of the series won't be entirely at a loss this year; a Wii version of Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 is set for a December release.

The delay will frustrate fans eager to play the game, but one piece of news that will be universally welcomed is that work on the game--which drew praise for its detailed graphics and intense gameplay at the 2007 E3 Media & Business Summit--is nearing a crucial phase. "We're rapidly approaching Beta status on Hell's Highway," promised the rep, raising the prospect of a Call-of-Duty-4-style test before year's end.

Discussion

99 comments
fearless15
fearless15

I guess they got rid of Double time for the Wii, and instead get Road to Hill 30.

kmart_43210
kmart_43210

Though it would be awesome if they released a demo, it wouldn't matter because I have a child account! Oh well. I'm buying this anyway, whenever it comes out.

autostarzpaul
autostarzpaul

does anyone know if there is a demo or a beta version coming out anytime soon on the 360, i cant wait any longer for this game......

benj94
benj94

i can't wait for this game!

Lion55
Lion55

Bad news. BIA isn't coming out 'till fall '08 at earliest.

Lion55
Lion55

Bad news. BIA isn't coming out 'till fall '08 at earliest...

king_halo_king
king_halo_king

When this comes out it will be the best (historic) war game ever made! Cant wait :)

Lion55
Lion55

PLEASE RELEASE A DEMO!

LPH79
LPH79

I like what i have seen so far, the game looks really great... so i think this is a game worth waiting for :D

Rx_Nightmare
Rx_Nightmare

delay, delay, delay, delay, delay, delay, delay, delay, delay, the least they could do is release a demo

Chobitts2212
Chobitts2212

cant...wait...nother...second need game NOW!! *panting* *more panting* *even more paning* game....loook...good...brain tissue tearing from exitement!!! getting...dark

bestkilla
bestkilla

yah we do that last update we got is in september

Lion55
Lion55

:0 yeah dunno Meto....we really need another update on it....

bestkilla
bestkilla

does antbody know when the beat is comin out?

Meto_360
Meto_360

what m i gonna get 4 Christmas now?

Meto_360
Meto_360

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-Saint
-Saint

I'm not bothered at all by yet another delay from Ubisoft. It just gives Gearbox some more time to polish up their game which already looks spectacular. Think about how it's going to be when a possible Beta comes out and when it's a finished product. Also, keep in mind that 2008 is right around the corner as well so it's not like the release is a lifetime away.

billz90
billz90

In my own opinion, I am proud to say i'm not buying this game anymore, i've waited long enough and now your holding it back again, theres plenty of other games to buy I don't nessecarily like them but oh well. I guess i'll take my money somewhere else.

Spartan6692
Spartan6692

I don't want a **** wii BIA road to hill 30 I want BIA hell highway for the 360 this is so stupid

Bull_Of_Mors
Bull_Of_Mors

beta on ps3?...man that wud b sweet i hate how 360 gets all the betas y not pc or ps3?

HESSLER1960
HESSLER1960

How about making E.I.B. and Hill30 compatible w/ the 360 while we're waiting ? (AGAIN !)

Ghaith_89
Ghaith_89

ahhhh i cant wait all that long i love the BIA series!!!!!!

zidjian
zidjian

its gonna be raw!!!!

marco_1
marco_1

are they scared of MOH and COD? They ´re great games too!

maximus_2
maximus_2

beta beta beta!!!!!!!!!! can't wait// I live this game so much.. !

Xbox_Gamer_117
Xbox_Gamer_117

I love the BiA series! They are some of the most realistic WW-II games out there.......

DChy
DChy

About time.

F10yd
F10yd

"Call-of-Duty-4-style test" Dammit does that mean it will be a 360-only beta test?? Sucks that pc users dont get to take part in the COD4 mp beta

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Wow. 2007.......The Year Nothing Shipped. By my count around 6500 games are going to be release next Spring ;)

shaggyaz
shaggyaz

Im glad its not coming out till next year.Ill have way too many games to play this holiday season,Itll be just one more title im looking forward to next year.

SpartanCell
SpartanCell

I was wondering what the deal was with Hell's Highway when I realized I hadn't heard anything new about it for a while. They might have hit a snag in their development or something and that's probably why it was delayed. Then again I could be wrong. I have nothing against WWII games as long as they're good. And even though, I didn't really like the first two games, I am interested in at least trying this one out, because it seems to have a lot of cool features in its design and gameplay that makes it look like an awesome game.

JDubs07
JDubs07

I hate World War II games.

jordan1
jordan1

whats with all the games getting delayed latly?

gamer-clemm
gamer-clemm

Why does it have to be delayed! I was getting happy that it was coming out soon.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

whatever works, probably won't get the game anyway

ctg867
ctg867

If they brought out a beta test, that would definitely be sweet. The COD4 beta really got me into COD4, which otherwise I wouldn't of picked up. So a beta test this holiday (the later the better) or early next year (the earlier the better) would be a good idea. Then come out with the game is Q1 08. Only problem is, Q1 08 is almost as jam packed as Q4 07. There have been so many games that have been pushed from Q4 07 into Q1 08 it's crazy. Hopefully the game does well, I've always been a fan of the Brother's in Arms games. And no, I crappy Wii port will not hold fans over until Hell's Highway release. But a beta, even if it's only on one platform, certainly will.

xXHackettXx
xXHackettXx

I loved the last ones, I hope I can get into the Beta when ever it happens.

tatu2004
tatu2004

i hope i can get into the beta.

Miss_Wacy
Miss_Wacy

woo this and SP conviction early 08 FWD

awarriorofgamin
awarriorofgamin

damnn o well the i agree with ryir554 hopefully this game will revive the tired world war II genre

Ryir554
Ryir554

I can wait, as long as its as good as it can be. But I will NOT play the beta, I want the game to surpirse me

mattlom03
mattlom03

That sucks that they delayed this, but there will be a beta, and we all have halo 3, cod4, timeshift, and a few other cool games to look forward to.

the_undisturbed
the_undisturbed

as long as the game is amazing then take all the time you need

rdo
rdo

that sucks. this it twice it's been delayed. the first time was because of assasins creed, probalby the second time as well. i hope assasins creed flops. they are delaying a AAA series for a possible AA ip? it makes no sense to me.