Kane & Lynch's gold heist moved up to Nov. 14

Eidos announces that Io's cooperative crime shooter has stormed the factory, and will arrive on the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360 nearly a week early.

Though "Black Friday" isn't until the day after Thanksgiving, November 20 was shaping up to be doomsday for gamers' wallets. That Tuesday will see Rock Band, Mass Effect, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune all hit store shelves the day after the PC Unreal Tournament III goes on sale.

However, the November 20 herd was thinned by one today. British publisher Eidos Interactive has announced that its anticipated crime-action game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men has gone gold and will ship six days earlier on November 14 in North America. The M-for-Mature-rated game will ship simultaneously for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Developed by Io Interactive, the Danish studio behind Freedom Fighters and the Hitman series, Kane & Lynch begins with the titular pair of criminals embroiled in a prison breakout. Soon, the duo--a burnt-out mercenary and a medicated psychopath--are staging bank heists reminiscent of the film Heat, with bloody massacres straight out of Reservoir Dogs. The third-person shooter will have a heavy focus on co-op gameplay, although it will be offline only; the game does sport several online modes, however.

Kane & Lynch's release-date revision will be music to gamers' ears. However, if executives at Eidos parent SCi Entertainment think November 14 is any less competitive, they are sorely mistaken. Super Mario Galaxy, Assassin's Creed, Crysis, BlackSite: Area 51, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008, and Need for Speed: ProStreet all arrive during that week, which falls just after Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat hits stores.

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banodyne
banodyne

I call shennanigans on Gamespt for firing Jeff Gerstmann for his Kane & Lynch review. Just because Eidos paid a ton of advertising and they had a movie deal in place before the game was even released, it's not right for the business people to interefere with an honest review. The game wasn't good. That's the consensus from multiple reviews. It's pretty obvious they pushed it out before it was ready. The co-op play, which was a major promotion point in the play, was missing. More refinement was needed at every level except the graphics. This game needed more development time, plain and simple. Don't kill the messenger Eidos. Loonnngggg time reader of Gamespot.com but Jeff Gerstmann's firing makes me wary of this site's reviews if the advertiser pays enough. Sorry, going to EGM and 1up.com after this. Editor-in-Chief Dan "Shoe" Hsu has gone on record in interviews saying that Ziff Davis has a "seperation of church and state" policy with regards to advertising and editorial.

DeLashmutt1980
DeLashmutt1980

This game is going to be absolutely awesome! I love co-op shooters and the whole bank robbery component just makes the whole thing that much more fantastic... I'm sick of waiting. Lets blow the safe already!!!

rodrigo101992
rodrigo101992

tis ise a really good game and i dont want to wait more

dragonman46534
dragonman46534

the online heist mode looks cool, but the graphics look choppy, maybe a good rental,, but i would rather get cod4 and street pro before i even think about this, actually i would rather take my 70 dollars, and put the towards the next game console i plan on buying, i already got a ps3, i want a 360 now.

kerrman
kerrman

got my pre-order in today! Can't wait!

lil_d_mack_314
lil_d_mack_314

def. gunna pick this one up...maybe ill get this instead of Assassins Creed? huumm

Rayze78
Rayze78

Weird! A game is actually being released EARLIER than anticipated? Yay, a company that didnt delay a highly anticipated game until sometime in 2008. Go you.

zouhou
zouhou

I CANT WAIT !!!!!!!!!!!

theJZA
theJZA

Still gonna get it

De4d_W0lf
De4d_W0lf

Looks OK but i'll stick to crysis and AC for now.

tazz_ryan
tazz_ryan

Looks really good, but disappointed co-op is offline only

ragincoley86
ragincoley86

Doesnt mean anything to me. I'm still broke and only can buy Mass Effect for Nov.

KingSigy
KingSigy

Awesome, bring the game sooner. All the better for us.

Naganox777
Naganox777

This game looks good, but not the type of game I'd buy. Mass Effect, COD4 and Assassin's Creed are the real deal.

zouhou
zouhou

MAN i cant wait for this game only problem is im broke i probably going to have to sell some games.

sw_and_wet
sw_and_wet

Busy week i have to say.....anyway it's great news that they push Kane & Lynch early and we have so many good games to kill time, and I suppose it's my wallet crying like hell now........

d3vilg0d
d3vilg0d

I'm going to wait for all the reviews first before spending my hard earned moola.The only reason why I would buy Assasin's creed is to make Jade raymond rich.

Zcrimson07
Zcrimson07

this may be the most underrated game in a looong time...kinda like FREEDOM FIGHTERS. has anyone played and not loved FREEDOM FIGHTERS? sorry but i just loved that game and am still waiting for the sequel. btw did you know Io made FREEDOM FIGHTERS?!!!? p.s. they do hitman too which is also pretty badass

Moncada5
Moncada5

bautista787 "I haven't heard of a game getting moved forward in ages, although i still not gunna buy it lol" What about when bungie bumped up the release date for Halo 3.

powerframe8
powerframe8

Is anyone really looking forward to this game. its always been iffy with me, personally.

xitwenty20ix
xitwenty20ix

Well good news, now I won't need to decide which to pay first Mass Effect or Kane and Lynch.

lsny
lsny

I may get this somewhere along the line, but there are more than a few 360 games with higher priority than this that I still need to pick up before the end of the year.

Doolum
Doolum

i think it is one game that i should get but first my hands on Assasins Creed and Drake,after that we see. I might consider GSpot review of the game also before getting it,although i have stopped to trust reviewers here.

Monstromo
Monstromo

I totally can't decide what platform to get it for!

goliath98
goliath98

I can't wait for this game to come out. It looks so good

8bit16bitsowhat
8bit16bitsowhat

i dont get why people still wanna play mario. i had enough mario after super mario world, but to each his own. it sucks that kane and lynch wont be online co-op. ohwell, as long as its good then im good.

bautista787
bautista787

I haven't heard of a game getting moved forward in ages, although i still not gunna buy it lol

ewmgreendawg
ewmgreendawg

too many fricken games. I'll still be playing Halo 3 and Guitar hero 3.

JohnnyNeat
JohnnyNeat

This game with it's last minute ditch of online co-op is going to sit on the catch me later shelf with the one time rental grope. Sorry Eidos, you slipped & dropped the ball for a sure score with me. Don't feel all too bad though, Black Site: Area 51, with it's similar mistake, will keep you company while COD:4, Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed will keep most of us company through the holidays. Maybe the PS3 users will give you a chance. I know what group of people, Eidos, will be happy that MGS:4 moved on and Drake sits alone.

OfficerJurala
OfficerJurala

I think it was a good idea for them to move the game up... because between this and Mass Effect..I choose mass effect, however, I'll end up buying this anyways... problem is I'll probably still be playing COD4 by the time this launches and I plan on spending hours and hours with Mass Effect... The Holiday season should be great for the 360. PS3 better have a miracle in Drakes Fortune.

jackson84
jackson84

I got a few games to trade in hopefully I can get the games I want. But man I'm going to be BROKE!

dmish82
dmish82

This is yet another game I'm afraid could get lost in the shuffle. I wouldn't mind some of these titles getting delayed into December just to balance things out.

TwistedMinds
TwistedMinds

Wow, looks like I'll have to decide which games I want more... Ain't no way I'm gonna be able to get all of these at once :( Oh well... Assassins Creed and NFS here I come!!!!

mrkame16
mrkame16

Im Very excited about Nov. I want to get COD4, Assasins Creed, Kane & Lynch and Mass Effect. Then i want to know more about Drakes Fortune and Haze b4 i even consider buying a PS3. as for UT3, ill wait for the x360 version. Im glad kane & lynch got pushed up, i plan to spend some time with Mass Effect and was afraid that i would shelf the other game if it came out that same week.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

I am going to be broke this season, no gifts for anyone, just games for me

loominator
loominator

I'll start by saying this is definetely a game I'm picking up for christmas, if not only for the multiplayer, Fragile Alliance.. I somewhat don't think graphics are too good, but the game certainly looks good, and hey, when has a game from IO ever been bad?.. I bet it got a very interesting story, and the multiplayer just looks absolutely doublecrossingamazing :P I'm picking it up for Playstation 3, so I'll be doublecrossing you guys out there.. ^_^

smfes
smfes

I want Kane and Lynch so badly this holiday! Looks great graphics promising gameplay Eidos rocks!

collaspedasd
collaspedasd

s*^t to many gams what good does this do for us?- but game seems good- ill probably get cod 4 instead

KingKoop
KingKoop

Excellent !!! Even less of a wait now, this game looks a sure fire gem in my book.

johnenormus
johnenormus

i hope its a good game to buy, But I'm thinking I should rent it first what do you people think about buy or rent

hilltops
hilltops

This is great news...AC COD4 Kane&Lynch!! Get Excited... Great change from delays to..pushed forward for release!!

Mattyrock
Mattyrock

I can honestly say, this game will kick ass!

AmargaVida
AmargaVida

Damn, thats a serious line up but I dont care im gonna get Kane & Lynch, Assassins Creed maybe WWE and Blacksite, definetly COD 4... GEAH !

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

Not sure if this one can compete with CoD4 and Assassin's Creed, but it's definitely up there in games to look out for. This will probably be a rental if I get around to it. Nov. is insane as it is now for games.

generaltom
generaltom

Gonna give the game a rent, but its going to have to compete with Assassin's Creed for that. Nice to see it coming out ahead of schedule, hope we get an XBL demo maybe.