R.U.S.E. pushed to late September

World War II real-time strategy game bumped back several months as Ubisoft incorporates feedback from public beta.

Recent months have shown that release dates for Ubisoft's deceit-driven real-time strategy game R.U.S.E. are not to be trusted. In January the game was pushed out of its original first quarter release window, and today, the publisher confirmed it would not be making its expected June launch date, either.

Fool us once, shame on you Ubisoft. Fool us twice, and we clearly wouldn't be very good at your game.

A new post on the official R.U.S.E. Facebook page states that the game has been postponed yet again; this time to late September. Ubisoft said it needs the extra time in order to incorporate more feedback from the recently concluded public beta session into the final product. Specific parts of the game being changed according to feedback include the multiplayer menus and matchmaking filters, pathfinding and AI behavior, and general game balance.

R.U.S.E. is in development for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC at Eugen Systems, the France-based developer of Atari's Act of War series. The game encourages players to resort to deception, using special cards to fool players with nonexistent units, make weak units look strong, and vice versa.

For more on R.U.S.E., check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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codymcclain13
codymcclain13

i dont know how much longer i can wait for this !

Abberon
Abberon

Hope they fix the matchmaking and networking first, and then take a look at faction balance. It was a joke how much better the USA was compared to the other factions.

CruiserCaptain
CruiserCaptain

I hope they fix the Flame Tank so it doesn't shoot a mile and a half. And the speed at which the vehicals mve when zoomed in, they went to fast and it looked silly.

Koi-Neon-X
Koi-Neon-X

The key for me is this: incorporates feedback from public beta. Listening to those who have an interest in the game (such as myself ) and supply feeback (though I haven't supplied any feedback as of yet) is a very smart thing to do so pushing it back will not lessen my interest in this game and it gives them time to not only incorporate but, polish as well. Plus, it gives me time to save $;)

uberjannie
uberjannie

Maybe the new release date is a... ruse?

jamyskis
jamyskis

@LordBaphomet & @Gelugon_baat: It does actually have a legal background. The display of the swastika is illegal in Germany except for artistic, historical and, most recently, anti-Nazi purposes. Any media promoting National Socialism as an acceptable philosophy or glorifying the Third Reich is not permitted by law. Films, for example, count as art and so films such as Indiana Jones and Rocketeer, where the Swastika is openly displayed, are permitted. Games count as art, you may say, and I'd agree with you, as would the governments of almost all European countries as well as the German Kulturrat. Unfortunately, successive German governments have always been extremely hostile towards gaming and have refused to allow it to be recognised as an artform, and so the display of the swastika is currently not permitted in any form in a game, no matter how critical of the philosophy and how historically correct the game may be (see Medal of Honor as an example).

HuSSaR83
HuSSaR83

This might be first real strategy game for consoles

LordBaphomet
LordBaphomet

What's with all the phasing out of all the swastikas in WW2 games? Political correctness has gone way too far, I mean the flag of Nazi Germany in this game looks like the modern flag of Norway!

sentencer
sentencer

I will not be getting this game until the Ubisoft DRM is removed.

strayfies
strayfies

This game seems very dependent on one little gimmick of movement-feinting. Otherwise, what is it? I don't understand, they should've just made an RTS and included some concept of faking out the AI but made that a feature not a central theme.

jamyskis
jamyskis

@parrot_of_adun: In principle I agree with you - the vast majority of recent Ubisoft titles have been utterly ruined by the DRM system. I guess I'll never get to play Settlers 7 or Silent Hunter 5, and I'll only get to try AC2 if I ever decide to buy it for the PS3. Given that I don't have an XBox 360, the new Splinter Cell is a definite no for me. I won't touch DRM with a barge pole, certainly not Ubisoft's. RUSE is a unique case, however, as it is primarily a multiplayer game and it would be very difficult to create a reasonable AI opponent, except perhaps for training purposes. In this case it's not unreasonable to assume that the player will be connected non-stop. For all the vitriol directed against UPlay, maybe this game will put its matchmaking capacity to good use. They'll have to stop it conking out every half an hour though first...

MasteroChieftan
MasteroChieftan

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k0r3aN_pR1d3
k0r3aN_pR1d3

I think the real reason is that Ubisoft doesn't want to compete with StarCraft II's launch in Q2.

Maxynator
Maxynator

The Steam beta was okay, kinda dull, not really pushing me to play more.

ZFPC
ZFPC

they might be delaying it back because of the "beta testing" and the feedback they got from it, hopefully nothing to worry aboot.

saurabhfzd
saurabhfzd

its very sad. it really is. i think by the time they do manage to release the game most gamers would've moved on and forgotten about it.

minhas27
minhas27

Waiting for it and starcraft 2

acerpg007
acerpg007

This is so lame, before It was late March 2010 and they move it to June and now September.. But if it means giving it a boost on gameplay/graphics then I don't mind, This game is definitely a buy for me anyways..

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Hell, maybe by then Ubisoft will have abandoned their mad DRM scheme...

bobstos
bobstos

this is actually good news; an honest delay to improve on the game itself. I'd much rather wait for a finished, polished piece of software than get shovel-fed some useless pile of bug-ridden crap that has seem to become the norm among developers/publishers. I'm all for the delay. Hell, take as long as you need to guys, no rush.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

I dunno this game looks like it has a high chance to be a dog. Hope I'm wrong but to send it back for retooling twice is not a good sign. Well I guess we'll find out later this year.

blakeney
blakeney

I agree, first thing i thought when i saw an iPad was R.U.S.E!

MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

From what I played, very cool game but it did have some problems. The stalemates being one of them, so glad to see this is getting delayed. Very fun game once you get past the steep learning curve.

lilmurfer
lilmurfer

whaat. I thought it was already out

lamprey263
lamprey263

well, at least they're delaying it to polish it up before release, originally I thought Ubisoft just delayed their games to avoid the competitive releases before the end of the last fiscal year

maverick_76
maverick_76

Man I can't wait, hopefully they are really putting out a good product and not just sitting on their hands.

musheduptom
musheduptom

I dont mind the delay as im looking forward to this game and if it came out in june with problems it would ruin it for me so its good that they listened to the public and I hope they make this game clean,crisp,sharp,easy to use and fun to play for hours.

sanjeevbgupta
sanjeevbgupta

I don't mind this delay ,Also, I appreciate the reason for the delay. As having been part of beta test(very few session i had) and wanted to post my opinions in the forum... and to my surprise these were already being discussed left and right, and thrashing black and blue about the imbalances/others in much DETAILED manner which I considered as "petty issues". The testing community is doing a good job and I have to retreat as I felt insignificant. Good luck guys - get a better product that can give lots of replays value.

Wow100
Wow100

@ Lov3IsPAiN 99% of gamers complain that games are rushed and it's because of people like you. They could have released it Q1 with all its bugs and unbalancedness or they could spit shine it beautiful and release it when it's actually finished. I'd take the latter.

shkar
shkar

fortunately there are so many great games these days that a delay or two like this will never be felt...

Lov3IsPAiN
Lov3IsPAiN

yeah . Shame on you Ubisoft . I was so excited about this game after i played the beta with my friends , I couldn't wait till june , now I had to wait till September ...Why do you even announce games if you're gonna release them with 1 year delay ... All the games I'm expecting , and I expected from Ubisoft are or was delayed several months . Specially Conviction that has been delayed , and delayed , and delayed again for almost 3 years ..... That's so pathetic O yes . I almost forgot . After Activision showed us what they're doing for some extra money , now Ubisoft is failing too . What the f*ck ? Is EA the only publisher that is still serious ?

ryuz4kee
ryuz4kee

RUSE is a good game, its just not my kind of RTS. I like RTT games mostly, like World in Conflict.

kujajonjo
kujajonjo

this game should be made to work with the ipad people only wanted to play this when they saw the trailer with the big table thing. dont have an ipad and doubt it would be made compatible but meh just thought id say anyway

oflow
oflow

I played the game extensively in the first beta. Its not buggy the engine runs really smoothly. But, it had some serious balance issues (British airpower > all and paratroop rush > all) and the designers are actually taking the feedback from the players and making the changes required, even small things like changing the menu interface. Also, SC2 is a different type of game all together so they actually wont be competing against each other. SC2 is basically SC1 with updated units and the same ol bnet cheese as before. RUSE is more like World in Conflict combined with the game Risk.

Cillerboy
Cillerboy

@mrklorox, that wud mean they make less money, u gotta think from the businessmans point of view, i know that despite my hatred for capitalism haha

mrklorox
mrklorox

The game itself is pretty fresh. But I dunno if it's $60 worth of fresh. I'd buy a smaller, more limited $15 XBLM version though for sure. I'm just not into it enough to pay full price. UBISOFT, you have a chance to make a $15 sale instead of not making a $60 sale.

adabter
adabter

Looks Like Theres Some Serious Bugs To Delay.

Slayerduckie
Slayerduckie

Give me one reason to buy this, after what they did with pc drm. And their drm is already cracked too, lol failsoft.

slowmanrunning
slowmanrunning

one thing i gotta say was buildings died too fast, on some smaller maps, the longer range artillery couldn't really be stopped without you invading their base, or maintaining constant camoflauge on your base. Also america was badly over-powered. Mainly 3 factions dominated the beta, U.S., Russia, and UK

badtaker
badtaker

it doesn't matter starcraft 2 is going to kill it :P Only one RTS will rule for decades it's Starcraft 2.

isnot-important
isnot-important

Not too worried bout the delay, as others have said it's better than getting an un-balanced or buggy game early. Let's just hope that the extra time will allow Ubisoft to finally realise how utterly pointless and internationally-hated their DRM is, and maybe R.U.S.E will actually get released with out. Long shot i know, but i'm trying to stay optimistic...If not, well it'll be sad to watch a game come and go all because of one insanely stupid decision from the Publishers...

MetallicFPSNut
MetallicFPSNut

Well, it looks like this game's release is a moving target in the same vein as Lost Planet 2 and Alpha Protocol.

ropumar
ropumar

this game will be a financial failure even if sells 1 million

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

I'm not so sure. Ubisoft have just cancelled the realease of the Patch 1.2 for "Silent Hunter 5" claiming the same sort of thing (neeeds more work, etc.). Makes me feel very wary as to the true reasons Ubisoft are doing this. Either they are having QA issues across the board, or something else is afoot. Then again, I might be completly off track here.