Koei delays Xbox 360, PS3 games

[UPDATE] Two titles no longer in the launch window for Sony's European console release, Xbox 360 counterparts also delayed; duo also slips in US release calendar.

Koei has announced that Fatal Inertia and Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War have been delayed until summer to "ensure the highest levels of quality possible." The two games were originally slated to be released in Europe in March and in the US in April.

Fatal Inertia is the debut title for the Toronto-based studio Koei Canada, which is led by Takazumi Tomoike, creator of the Dynasty Wars series, and Koei cofounder and chief advisor Yoichi Erikawa. It is a futuristic combat racing game, featuring a new physics engine and a variety of futuristic vehicles to fly. Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War is set in medieval Europe, with players assuming the role of a mercenary leader commanding troops in real time.

Both titles were first intended to be PlayStation 3 exclusives but were recently announced as coming to Microsoft's Xbox 360 as well. A spokesperson for Koei said, "The development cycles have been extended simply because of all the things the developers want to do with the new hardware."

[UPDATE] GameSpot has learned that the Xbox 360 versions of the game have also been slightly delayed. A Koei rep told GameSpot, "The 360 versions will also be pushed back to summer, as we want to release them all at the same time."

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jackle2071
jackle2071

zoiberg54 i could not agree with you more! we all should be happy with having 3 great companys making some kick a$$ games for us to play. i shore as heck dont want to just see M$ run the show (have you seen vista? other then just the eye candy know as DX10) i dont want sony running the show whats next PS4 complete with microwave? and i shore as heck dont want nintedo running the show. as fun as mario is i also dont want to play mario spin off's for the rest of my life! with all 3 in the "game" (really no pun intended) we get a great and fair balence of new content. also one company that makes a 4 star game inspires the others to step it up a notch! they all play off one anouther. but like a wise man once said i can only show you the door your the one who has to walk through. you can continue to be blined by your own hate for one anouther or you can deicide to open your eye and see the world with out borders P.S. sorry for the matrix quote =)

malmeid2
malmeid2

Isn't Koei the company that brought that awful Samurai Warriors 2 to my 360? Well it's good to know that they're putting more time into these games...

Zoidberg54
Zoidberg54

Don't be so far over to one side that you can't see over the ridge to the other.... Why does eveyone want the PS3 to fail? Even if you aren't a sony fan, what good can come of it. That goes for eveyone else who hates the box, why do you want it to fail. Is everyone jealous of the other, is that it? Because I'm sure there aren't any CEOs of CFOs or any of the upper management from either Microsoft of Sony here. Enjoy what you like and hope both systems prosper. It can only mean better games, both exclusive and non.

Zoidberg54
Zoidberg54

Nikefreak As an answer to your " D. Beta, Minidisc, UMD, BluRay,etc. What do all these have in common? " Not a whole lot, besides that Blu-Ray is not a Sony exclusive format like minidisc, beta and UMD. And it seems to have a few more studios behind it that Beta, Mini, and umd. www.blu-ray.com amd www.blu-raydisc.com are the links before anyone asks. Don't just blink hate. It makes you look ignorant.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

KOEI ... haiz ... you can do better than that can't you?!

Dshenlong
Dshenlong

eh dont mind us americans....some of us are jerks....not all of us are complete a**es.....and whats the big deal? delayed games usually mean better quality...so yay.

nikefreak
nikefreak

"There still both delayed so i really cannot see your point if any?" You are obviously missing the point, and avoiding the main reason I said that. Regardless of how Sony fans want to spin-doctor news so it doesnt appear as harsh on them, the fact remains a PS3 exclusive, has now went multi-platform, and the 360 version that was already due to release AFTER the PS3 version (Summer 07), and now is due to release alongside it (And again, you cant delay something to the time it was already due to release, but if you want to say "Well, it was delayed because they say so" then I cant argue that, as you are oblivious to the fact they are spinning it, it didnt change).

funhabbit
funhabbit

"I said the Xbox360 versions would be delayed and that they had completely missed it in the title.See both versions are delayed so get over the whole "PS3 is doomed" crap. " If you call it a delay... I personally have never really thought of a date pushback from "Summer 07" to "Summer 07" exactly a delay.. While the PS3 versions that were to be released before the 360 ones, are now releasing alongside them. There still both delayed so i really cannot see your point if any? "nobody likes the british, sorry but its true." Er..... The US isn't exactly winning friends over on the world stage are they.Anyway, we are your allies.

From90ne
From90ne

XaK2 "nobody likes the british, sorry but its true." "drink you tea and eat your crumpits" Don't call us British... I am English, some other people are Scottish and others are Welsh, we just happen to control them. Oh and you forget that we also have a diverse range of stereo types here, southerners are your stereotypical 'british' people, just as your southerners 'are' all 'incestrial hillbillies'. "D. Beta, Minidisc, UMD, BluRay,etc. What do all these have in common?" - They all failed/will fail?

white_sox
white_sox

"highest level of quality"- well then koei should give the project to someone else if they cared that much.

nikefreak
nikefreak

"FYI if you put linux on the PS3 you can copy blu-ray movies and games straight to the hard-drive and never need the disc to play them again. So whoever said that Blu-ray was developed so companies coudl have control over everything your an idiot. " A. Linux was available on the Dreamcast too... And? It can run on nearly any decently powered device, including my old 3com Ergo Audry. B. Link to page saying that BluRay has been cracked? All I have seen are rumors and ponderings... C. If the PS3 really needed all that BluRay space, wouldnt your lowly little 20/60gb drive only hold 1 or 2 games? ;p D. Beta, Minidisc, UMD, BluRay,etc. What do all these have in common?

nikefreak
nikefreak

"I said the Xbox360 versions would be delayed and that they had completely missed it in the title.See both versions are delayed so get over the whole "PS3 is doomed" crap. " If you call it a delay... I personally have never really thought of a date pushback from "Summer 07" to "Summer 07" exactly a delay.. While the PS3 versions that were to be released before the 360 ones, are now releasing alongside them. :D

smidsy85
smidsy85

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smidsy85
smidsy85

XaK2 "nobody likes the british, sorry but its true." "drink you tea and eat your crumpits" :( Why do people keep saying about crumpets? Right I'm from England and work at a USA summer camp for kids and this kid kept saying it and saying it so I told him to shut up! Whats it from? Was it on a USA advert or something? :P

caseyrugby
caseyrugby

FYI if you put linux on the PS3 you can copy blu-ray movies and games straight to the hard-drive and never need the disc to play them again. So whoever said that Blu-ray was developed so companies coudl have control over everything your an idiot.

Christopher1Bub
Christopher1Bub

"daniel665 oh and some of us like to beable to COPYING DVDS and watching them. this is NOT GONNA BE POSSSIBLE WITH BLUE RAY. BLUE RAY was designed to stop us from sharing dvds and PUT CONTROL IN THE HANDS OF THE BIG COMPANIES so im not suprised that there backing it. i for one enjoy being able to stick my external drive in and watching my hundreds of dvds. Good luck having to start your collection again and paying god knows how much for it. it takes long enough to make games like gow and oblivion do you really think developers are gonna spend the extra money and time UTILISING THE SPACE (i think not this is a bussiness people.). its NOT ECCONOMICALLY VIABLE. AS FOR THE MEDIA WARS IF YOU HAVEN'T NOTICED 360 IS A GAMES MACHINE." Actually that's kind of weird that you'd say something like that. I actually like that Sony made the Blu Ray to stop bad people from playing illegal crap. What happens when the companies who made the movies get less and less and less money?? What happens there? They're either bought out or they go out of business right? My point exactly. Smart move Sony. And i just said that to piss you off. The part about you saying developers spending time and utilising higher capacity is a waste of time?? Haha you make me laugh. I guess games will never advance into the future cause all these developing game companies are just too lazy. FYI.. HI Def takes up more space. So if game developers were creating a game with Blu Ray (which is Hi Def) then they would be taking up necessary space. If the Xbox 360 is a gaming machine, why are you able to download Hi Def videos and TV shows from Xbox live service? Why are you able to store your digital music colleciton on it? Why are you able to stick in your camera and download images?? Why are you able to watch DVDs and Hi DEF DVDs? To me it sounds more like an entertainment Hub that should go in your living room. The part where you say good luck having to rebuy your collection or whatever, who said that you had to get rid of your current DVD player? Do not try to argue with me that Xbox 360 is better because I just proved that they both do the same thing. I think Sony games will be better. I'm getting the PS3, perhaps microsoft payed the news people to trash talk or w/e. But who says I wont play 360? heck my friends have 360's but i'm getting PS3. I'll play 360 at there house and they can play PS3 at my house.

XaK2
XaK2

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asdfpo
asdfpo

I dont mind waiting. Finnish the game, THEN ship it.

hemakm3
hemakm3

Koei take your time.

Frags-o-Plenty
Frags-o-Plenty

Fanboys: Take it somewhere else. Other people who have spoken in relation to the article: I find that delays are often a good thing; it gives the devs some more time and hopefully manages to let them get some better quality coding done. Sure, it might go the way of Superman 64, but I think a little bit of optimism might do well.

MayIbURpimp
MayIbURpimp

Wow, every thread that has both systems does end up in a damn console debate. Im glad many companies have not sold out to either side though some have. In any case that sucks for the delays, pushed back to summer thats a wait. Im looking forward to bladestorm: 100yr war. also keep these games in mind they seem very very promising: Metal gear solid 4 guns of the patriots blue dragon

Dante565
Dante565

Thats ok im just tired of watching every article turn into a battle between people and systems its getting really repetitive. But I do agree and disagree with some points in your article. But your opinion is your own and I respect it.

daniel665
daniel665

Sols bro but i only started posting yesterday cos im sick of some people being so blind to change and the possibility of sony getting it wrong (n64, 3do dre amcast). I dont want those that haven't yet made up their mind not making an informed chance as there is to much money at stake this time. Got a 360 and soon gonna buy a wii and ive gotto say that i think that this is the best choice if you cant afford to have it all. Even if you can afford it i personally can't see the pointg in ps3 unless you want a cheap blu ray player (im not that bothered happy with my dvds on my external hardrive.)

Dante565
Dante565

I like how this article was simply about some games being delayed but then it turned into a fanboy war and console battle yet again.

daniel665
daniel665

look I WAS PRO SONY as PS and PS2 were great, but they got to cocky and arrogant and ended up making critical mistakes. they tried to push technology but took it in the WRONG DIRECTION and have ended up in 3d0 country. BLUE RAY IS NOT A GOOD GAMING MEDIA. it means that games run at a slower frame rate (fact), slower loading times (fact), and due to sony spending so much money investing in it they have had to DOWNGRADE THE REST OF THE SYSTEM. The smaller amount of memory compared to the 360 means that the enviroments produced are not gonna be as immmersive. Not to mention that the big selling point was all the extra space. it takes long enough to make games like gow and oblivion do you really think developers are gonna spend the extra money and time UTILISING THE SPACE (i think not this is a bussiness people.). its NOT ECCONOMICALLY VIABLE. AS FOR THE MEDIA WARS IF YOU HAVEN'T NOTICED 360 IS A GAMES MACHINE. you can get hd drive add on but its purpose is to play games which is what i care about AND SOMTHING THAT SONY FORGOT ABOUT. oh and some of us like to beable to COPYING DVDS and watching them. this is NOT GONNA BE POSSSIBLE WITH BLUE RAY. BLUE RAY was designed to stop us from sharing dvds and PUT CONTROL IN THE HANDS OF THE BIG COMPANIES so im not suprised that there backing it. i for one enjoy being able to stick my external drive in and watching my hundreds of dvds. Good luck having to start your collection again and paying god knows how much for it. The proof is in the pudding the games that are out on both formats look better on 360 RUN FASTER has a BRILLIANT ONLINE NETWORK to play against friends and strangers, is SUPERIOR IN THE GRAPHICS DEPARTMENT and to make matters worse IS CHEAPER. Face it SONY ARE PLAYING CATCH UP LIKE MS LAST WAR and even ff and mgs are not going to be enough WITH 360 PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES WITH THEIR 2007 LINE UP. APART FROM THE MAJORITY OF JAPANESE that FEEL that by BUYING THE 360 IS SUPPORTING THE ENEMY, those that wanna just play games and don't get wrapped up in politics are already making their choice and buying 360 and wii as they know that times are changing and power has shifted. For the truth of what developers really think read this even thought the fanboys dont want you to. MAKE UP YOUR OWN MINDS AND DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE. http://www.hardcoreware.net/reviews/review-348-1.htm

funhabbit
funhabbit

I said the Xbox360 versions would be delayed and that they had completely missed it in the title.See both versions are delayed so get over the whole "PS3 is doomed" crap.

nikefreak
nikefreak

"LOL Daniel665 will you stop posting that annoying link of some so called game dev with his opinion...NO ONE really knows what the cell chip and the processors will be able to do and accomplish " You are actually right there... Considering the architecture of the system, the memory, and the fact the Cell was orig a GPU, not a CPU, and Sony decided to make it their "nextgen" CPU...

nikefreak
nikefreak

"So the 360 versions are delayed as well. Does that mean it's time to start flaming the 360? It is *obviously* the 360's fault, so we should all tear it apart like rabid animals, as we smile smugly at each other because we're enjoying the taste of fresh blood and don't really have anything better to do anyway. " No, considering the 360 "delay" was a play on words to help PS3 owners feel a bit better. The game was already scheduled for Summer 07, and they just delayed it to "Summer 07"... Yeah...

lilwoa
lilwoa

Mr_Doung your obviously a Sony fanboy if u say something as biased as this. "tired of fanboy crap all over the place, sony, xbox, pc (never seen nintendo fanboys lolz). dont understand why everyone hates eachother, can we just please just play our gamez in peace without the oo halo 3 and and gow own the ps3 etc etc. its just pointless. the fact that gow wasnt all that great in gameplay but graphics wise was great. resistence was opposite of it (actually fun online and 40 people compared to gow 8?, just the fact that nobody really cared about it as much as gow. too much hype killed gow, that probably wont happen to halo 3 or mgs4, but hey who knows. its like ppl least fanboys just go to forums to argue about which is better. bsdies nobody gives ps3 a chance like they did to original xbox cmon 2 months in and wat it has already done looks good enough, 360 is in the same position ps2 was in back in 2001 and 2002. "

knnth
knnth

So the 360 versions are delayed as well. Does that mean it's time to start flaming the 360? It is *obviously* the 360's fault, so we should all tear it apart like rabid animals, as we smile smugly at each other because we're enjoying the taste of fresh blood and don't really have anything better to do anyway.

internetmovies
internetmovies

I just can't wait till the PS3 starts out-performing the 360 and starts actually getting going...then what are all these early-bird sony bashers going to talk about??? I'm sure they will find something but "Hollywood_RFC_" with your Halo avatar let's be "real" you are a MS fanboy and of course there's PS3's sitting on shelves in towns in the middle of no where where no one wants to drive to get it or even knows its there...at least where I live (Washington state) there is absolutely no PS3 in site in the populated nucleus I would have to drive for 6 hours to pick up a PS3...so it's still pretty vacant system..and it was the same thing with the 360 those things sat on shelves right after X-mas as well I know this because I work at a retail store that sells electronics...the 360 was almost in this exact sammmme position with a crappy launch lineup and non-interest....took them about 8 months to get it going as well I expect it to take that for the PS3 to get some solid titles going but March looks to be a good month for the system.

Mr_duong
Mr_duong

tired of fanboy crap all over the place, sony, xbox, pc (never seen nintendo fanboys lolz). dont understand why everyone hates eachother, can we just please just play our gamez in peace without the oo halo 3 and and gow own the ps3 etc etc. its just pointless. the fact that gow wasnt all that great in gameplay but graphics wise was great. resistence was opposite of it (actually fun online and 40 people compared to gow 8?, just the fact that nobody really cared about it as much as gow. too much hype killed gow, that probably wont happen to halo 3 or mgs4, but hey who knows. its like ppl least fanboys just go to forums to argue about which is better. bsdies nobody gives ps3 a chance like they did to original xbox cmon 2 months in and wat it has already done looks good enough, 360 is in the same position ps2 was in back in 2001 and 2002.

internetmovies
internetmovies

LOL Daniel665 will you stop posting that annoying link of some so called game dev with his opinion...NO ONE really knows what the cell chip and the processors will be able to do and accomplish as it is now with all this games they of course are not utilizing them to even half their potential yet the freaking PS3 has been out for less then 2 months how bout we stop these stupid fanboy wars...enjoy what's out there right now ....honestly I wouldn't buy a 360 right now because I cannot stand FPS games on a console I'll take my pc mouse and keyboard for those genre of games...the PS3 has a lot of exclusives coming out in the next 2 years that will amaze people and this debate of "OH NO THE SYSTEM IS GOING TO FAIL" will end both systems will release great titles in the future...Sony's online is still being tweaked and will get a lot better once it is smoothed out. We gotta remember that no one was even expecting Sony to go with their word of a Nov. release but they finally kept to their word there system is innovative and something totally new to technology so it needs some time to work its way in and it will....I forsee Blu-Ray beating out HD-DVD in the format wars..I read a interesting article the other day forget from where but a lot of big motion picture companies have already started backing Blu-Ray (Remember Sony makes pictures too) so they might have the upper hand here in the format war as well as having PS3's in households....it also stated that all the previous format wars have been heavily decided by the pornography industry which made me laugh but it is true goes back to VHS vs. Beta and the biggest porn dvd company has already stated to release blu-ray format first and then decide if they want to release a HD-DVD format of their films later. I'm just saying Sony is not dead its sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo early for the console..remember the 360 was terrible paper weight at launch as well...took it a year to get going all it takes is a hot title which was GoW for them...the hot title for Sony will of course most likely be Metal Gear Solid which will be out the end of this year...so it's about the same time frame of the systems growing up...anyways i'm done just wish people would just play some games and shutup.

Hollywood_RFC
Hollywood_RFC

Battle of the fan boys. Guys lets be realistic. First, Intel_s, the 360 is doing better than the PS3, i've read tons of reports. In Japan, where the system is most popular, there are PS3s sitting on the shelves already. That tells you right there that the PS3 isn't doing better. Second, the reason the Xbox was destroyed by the PS2 was because the PS2 got a head start. The Xbox was a better built system, Sony simply had the jump that generation. Now, Microsoft has the jump with the 360, and Sony took to long to make the "more powerful system." Again lets be realistic.

lostn
lostn

"I love Gamespot: GAMES ARE DELAYED FOR PS3, by the way, they are *slightly* delayed for X360 too, but hey, you only care the PS3 got owned right?" It was only 'slightly' delayed for X360, but significantly delayed for PS3, because originally they were going to release on PS3 first, then 360 later. Now Koei wants them both releasing at the same time. Soon enough GS and other news sources will report that the 360 version sold better than the PS3 version, and that will be reason enough to say that the 360 versions are superior, and the japanese audience is bigger on 360 than PS3. Bladestorm is looking awfully close to that craptacular Ninetynine Nights game, or Dynasty Warrior XVII.

intel_s
intel_s

seriously, jackassultima, gamespot is so annoying they have such a biased opinion as they favor xbox360...im sure kuz its american, where as Sony destroys it but its Japanese, so who cares right?...i hate gamespot You fools, xbox is gonna get owned just like the first one was massively slaughtered by ps2, LOOK At the charts!!!! ps3 destroyed it already as it is selling in a MUCH faster rate...

jackassultima
jackassultima

I love Gamespot: GAMES ARE DELAYED FOR PS3, by the way, they are *slightly* delayed for X360 too, but hey, you only care the PS3 got owned right?

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

Yohan, you're easily fooled by sarcasm. And if you're not a fan of Koei's copy pasta, I'm sure they'll cope. Now, can we get back to the console flame-warring, please? Anyway, if they're delaying a game to "ensure the highest levels of quality possible," I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. This is, after all, a company that puts out the same game every 6 months. (Looking forward to SW2: Empires in March. lol)

gemgembobbie
gemgembobbie

I wish Koei could start making games, especially Dynasty Warriors series, with new people. If Koei cannot show us improvement on Fatal Inertia, it is wasting time and budget. HaHa~

yohanjr
yohanjr

oh boy, only a fool doesnt know what a PS3 is but this game is gonna suck senseless fight ing returns and guys the look like ladies are back Zang He and Zhou Yun i mean you. I cant belive i played that game.

Limonadi
Limonadi

WTF!!!! PS3!!!! OMG!!! WHEN THIS HAPPEN?!?!?! WHAT IS PS3? NEW PS2?

GSVale
GSVale

Bladestorm is probably going to be Samurai Warriors 3. i.e: Dynasty Warriors with lame characters and a bad story. I'm pretty sure that's all they make at Koei. Was anyone really planning on buying these?

X_CAPCOM_X
X_CAPCOM_X

This isn't a spot to argue about system choices. I got a PS3, and developers are making games for it.

killuminati4181
killuminati4181

why make the 360 gamers pay for faulty ps3. if the ps3 version is taking too long then please release the 360 one.

Ackad
Ackad

Yea I like The Graphics But I love Playing resistance more with my ps3. Mgs4 looks seriously cool! :)

ricebowlbad
ricebowlbad

I loved it. The graphics looked very good. The game exprience was much more fun on co-op. The game was pretty awsome.

daniel665
daniel665

rice bowlbad im british and my mates have all bought 360's along with me this christmas as it has more going for it and better games coming out for it. ps3 will have a few really good titles but ff and mgs not worth buying the console. your mate made the right choice. developers are also making the same choice http://www.hardcoreware.net/reviews/review-348-1.htm Might aswell get an xbox 360 so you dont have to become a logger at your friend as you wait for ps3 few and far off good games. played resistance and it was good but art direction was bland and game didn't really get me excited and glad for next gen as gow has. honestly what do u think of resistance even though you've paid a high price to play one game