Sims 3, Dragon Age, Godfather II delayed

Maxis' life sim now set for June 2, BioWare RPG pushed to back half of 2009, and open-world crime game cooling heels until at least April.

One might think that the slumping economy would have publishers pushing games out of the door to boost revenues in the near term, but Electronic Arts is pushing a trio of big game releases into its next fiscal year, lowering its expectations for the current one in the process.

This game needs a little more time in the oven.

Today, the publisher revealed that a trio of games that it had previously expected in its fiscal year 2009 (which ends March 31) have been pushed at least to April. The affected games include the open-world crime game The Godfather II, BioWare's fantasy role-playing game Dragon Age: Origins, and the much-anticipated The Sims 3. No explanation was given for any of the delays.

Previously announced as a February 20 release, The Sims 3 has been pushed back to June 2. Dragon Age: Origins' "early 2009" PC debut will now instead coincide with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, reportedly due in Q4. EA's delay for the game has moved it to the back half of the year, "coinciding with the release of the console versions of Dragon Age: Origins." As of press time, the company had not offered any updated release window for The Godfather II, which had been set for release on February 24.

[UPDATE]: In a conference call with analysts after announcing the delays today, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello provided some light on the reasons for the postponements.

In the case of The Sims 3, Riccitiello said, "We see this as being one of the most important launches in our company's history, and certainly in the upcoming fiscal year." He added that the delay was called in the interest of investing more time and effort to make the marketing campaign for the game more innovative.

As for The Godfather II, Riccitiello said that it was set to ship in a competitive environment cluttered with the last wave of games selling at discounted prices. EA felt that by pushing it back a bit, The Godfather II would have better luck in the market.

Finally, Riccitiello admitted that the rationale for delaying Dragon Age may sound a bit odd, but said, "Too much quality can make you reassess your options." The game was shaping up to be so epic in scale, quality, and innovation--according to Riccitiello--that EA thought it would make for a stronger launch to have the console versions of the game arrive at the same time as the PC edition. Additionally, the time would allow for extra polishing of the content.

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ShiroKitaHoshi
ShiroKitaHoshi

Sims 3 will have DRM.....AND in game advertising. Therefore, an internet connection will be required at all times. Yet the game price will not go down. At this point the game is definitely off my list permanently. EA keeps trying to extort it's consumers - when all they have to do is remove DRM and advertising to solve all of their public relation issues. It's common sense - alienating customers is not good business. How come they can't see this simple fix?

BoUnCiNBoOtY
BoUnCiNBoOtY

This is crap... I've been waiting for the Sims 3 for ages. I've been playing the series since the beginning... I was in the 6th grade when I got the original Sims. I'm 22 now and still faithful to the series. I play tested the Sims Online and The Sims 2. Now WTF EA!!! This is bull....

yocki
yocki

Why EA should pending the release of The Sims 3...... it's ridiculous! i hope the sims 3 is not dissappointing coz we waiting too long... ok???

flawless_blade
flawless_blade

GAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! DANG IT EA!!!!!! greedy sons of.... delaying to make more money next year... WTF?!?!?!?!? I HATE EA! i would boycott these but i want sims and dragon age so badly. what else of theirs can i boycott....?

siggypop
siggypop

I urge everyone to write to EA to express their disgust with the current decision. To delay a finished game for the purpose of advertising is unacceptable and it is up to us, the gaming public, to remind them of what they create and who they create for. While a few may not matter if they get a large response they may realize the amount of interest they have already created in the Sims 3 and may realize that further advertising is not necessary. Who knows what will come of things but if you sit and say nothing then you have as good as accepted their bull. Write away angry gamers, I will do the same.

cblink
cblink

Yet another reason not to support EA. Not like I was planning on in it the first place, but this is the nail in the coffin.

Twilight-Ghost
Twilight-Ghost

......It took about 5seconds..but i remembered why I hate EA

Twilight-Ghost
Twilight-Ghost

ha! to think i almost preordered. (it was going to be my b-day gift to myself.) good thing I Didn't. My Little sister, also was so hoping for this..it would of only got her hopes up more. I guess i'll be spending my money else where......

antipunt1
antipunt1

well this kinda sucks.. especially since there's nothing that can be done about meh (smashes face into desk)

AlexLove
AlexLove

It`s all about money .....you should be ashamed :( :( :(

BrandonC3000
BrandonC3000

"We're delaying it to make it sell better." more like "We're delaying it so we get more immediate sells and jump to the top of charts for fastest sells in short period of time."

bugonguitar
bugonguitar

Well, you gotta figure that it's these idiot CEO's who are primarily to blame for the economy being in the toilet in the first place. If we expect them to behave in a manner that in any way adheres to logic, it's really we who are at fault. The best part is, the chugnuts making these decisions will still take home their hefty salaries and bonuses even after running their company with all the foresight of a spider monkey on a case of Jolt and a felony's worth of crystal meth.

P90E21
P90E21

Riccitiello said that it was set to ship in a competitive environment cluttered with the last wave of games selling at discounted prices.-- Thus an excuse to why you don't see a game u want. But on a good note it helps me make up my mind on who gets my money on the 24th. Star Ocean and GF2 was the choice I had to make. Sorry to hear about Sims 3 for you die hards I know how you feel.

Nokoryous
Nokoryous

really? sims 3 is delayed so they can market it to more consumers? sweet. thanks for keeping the announcement within 20 days of the previous release too. awesome.

Desertdback
Desertdback

This is exactly the stupidity that I was hoping EA would not become part of. The simple thought that gamers only buy games during the holiday season. We as gamers are starving for games throughout the year, not just two-three months out of the year. Pushing Dragon Age and Sims 3 back are horrible ideas, because yes the economy looks to only be getting worse, you would think they would be trying to get it out as soon as possible. But no they like to push it even further back. This makes me so frustrated that I will be calling EA tomorrow and demanding some type of explanation as I have already preordered these games, I will now be canceling both of my preorders. I am FURIOUS!

madglee
madglee

This is all doublespeak - CEOs are good at that. We may never see these games if layoffs keep rising and the economy keeps falling.

strykerwolfMLY
strykerwolfMLY

oh man,i cant believe this is happening. you guys are like asking for the sims 3 to be leaked. when it is so leaked,be prepared to lose even more profits. the faster the sims 3 release, the lesser the chance to be leaked. pardon my english,im not that good in speaking english :)

jndry
jndry

Wow, pushing the Dragon Age release back 8 months seems like a truly interesting move (considering it is supposedly a nearly finished game) ... I guess they are banking on the holiday spending spree, even though all accounts point towards the economy being worse 8 months from now than it is now. I guess we know where they got the "Age" from the title considering how long this game has been in development.

123outlaw
123outlaw

damn i was really looking forward to godfather II

TheStrayCat34
TheStrayCat34

Pardon my language, but this is an 'effin joke, especially to all of those people (like me) that preordered their games in advance. And I've seen ads for the TS3 online and it looks pretty damn polished to me. Keep on suckin', EA. At this rate, I wouldn't be surprised to see Big Rigs 2 on the shelves for this company.

Saije
Saije

Wow, those are some of the most extremely lame reasons I've ever heard to delay a game launch. My sympathies go out to anyone anxiously awaiting one of those titles.

Habadacus
Habadacus

"Too much quality can make you reassess your options." Now there's a problem EA hasn't had in a while.

mav_destroyer
mav_destroyer

its no surprise with all the job cuts. now they have less people working on projects so naturally it will take more time

twilightx101
twilightx101

that's ridiculous i've seen maybe 5 or 6 TV commercials marketing sims2 and its expansions, come on every sims fan knows about the sims3 and are eagerly awaiting its release. i'm so mad the game is done for god's sake!

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

does it make any difference if the sims is released before the advertising

Kalundume
Kalundume

I want to see game market in some more competition, the crisis is a good moment to die for some mammoths. EA is one of them. Cleansing the game market can be only good for the players, less uninspired, graphics-pumped games and more original, artistic stuff. As for delaying Dragon Age, it does not bother me, if the game that I will get at the end is really good and without SecuROM or other corporate anticustomer invention

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

... they are delaying sims 3 to market it better? WTF are they talking about, I haven't seen one sims 3 commerical on TV yet.. they gonna delay the game so they can throw together a commercial? You don't need to market the sims, you retards, it already has a HUGE install base. EA, please go DIAF.

korven2004
korven2004

i totally agree with Wcw6 Up yours EA, you bleeping bleeps

TCC4U
TCC4U

I'm sure that because of this delay The Sims 3 will break the world record concerning "the most pirated game ever". People "punished" EA and Maxis with Spore for it's secure-rom system and I believe that they will do the same with sims 3, not accepting a 4 month delay for an "advertising" plan.

frazzle00
frazzle00

LOL @ wcw6. Dude relax :P. As long as the extra time in development is well spent... ;).

wcw6
wcw6

EA's the crappiest company that ever existed. I hated EA since they destroyed Westwood way back. Now they give us crap like this. I thought I could respect Bioware for releasing the PC version much earlier than the console version, I thought that was still hope for it to become a true BG successor, and then this. Now I can't be bothered with the game anymore. How can you call it a successor the great Baldur's Gate when you muliplatform it with consoles and release it the same time with them. It just spoils the BG name. The console gamers didn't even care about the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate, they just wanted their ME2 etc, why cater for them, POS. Just a bunch of idiotic EA's fatcats decision to make more money. You guys will suffer, you guys will ALL SUFFER!

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Uh, I thought "Maxis' new life Sim" was bing developed by Redwood shores? And is it just me, or does the Sims 3 box art change every day? :-) I would be excited about Dragon Age, if it was published by anyone except EA... (Ex BioWare fanboy!)

Sephiroth36
Sephiroth36

Well, Ive seen this commercial, similar i could say, that is if they want to spend more money on advertising, like the apple commercial of I'm a Mac and a PC where the mac ask PC whats with all the money and the PC is dividing the funds for advertisement and to do a better product, in which they should spend more to improve the product, same here in the games specially sims 3, they should spend that time more in to the improvement instead of a whole spending on advertisement, if those cases are true about the advertisement, well, another example of bad management of money.

Precyse
Precyse

Damn man can't believe they won't release dragon age until the end of the year, it's been in dev for years and is pretty much done. If the polishment turns out to be the same as the consoles i'll be pissed, because it'll really mean they pushed it off for multi-plat release. I hate when they do that s***.

pituf080
pituf080

Seems like the shareholders werent so pleased with the last quarters revenue. This does not seem to be just a market strategy to get more sales out of every game or to "polish up" the games but also a money issue, considering revenue, taxes, and maybe possible subsidies for the next fiscal year.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

I guess that's good, at least they'll have more time to patch up some bugs that might have popped up during their original release time. It's the finished product that counts so stopped being so impatient! =)

SteveRambo
SteveRambo

All I will say is that if sims 3 came out this month I would definitely buy it but come June I don't think I will as it is summer then and we all like to enjoy the outdoors at least weather permitting so unlucky EA you did it again didn't you. The other two are forgettable.

blaggart
blaggart

disappointed to say the least. if it's for improvements and better for the gamer then EA better make good...

bennae66
bennae66

i cant believe ppl are even complaining about a sims3 delay. dragon age for me thankyou, and take all the time you need bioware, ive just finished mass effect again last week. i live in a sim enough world to not feel the need to play sim games too in my spare time.

alex13echo
alex13echo

I was really looking forward to playing the Sims 3 in a couple weeks too....

barber_force
barber_force

Sounds like the usual crap EA put out. Most likely the games are no where ready for release and dont wanna piss ppl off, and put them off any further titles. I know EA have improved loads of the last few years, but i was hurt too much by their release and patch later or on the day method!

mhsdrake
mhsdrake

What a joke... The Sims 3 delayed so they can market it better!?

maverick_76
maverick_76

Dang it! I just put up the Godfather signage at the Blockbuster I worked at yesterday. Now I'm gonna have to take a magic marker to the release date, crap!

Sir_Hobo
Sir_Hobo

OH MY GOD. They delayed the Sims 3 because THEY WANTED TO ADVERTISE IT BETTER! AAAGAHAHAAGAHAGAGAG!

arual7
arual7

This is ridiculous.

Gunnygopher123
Gunnygopher123

I have no good games right now. I've been waiting for the Sims three since the website was launched. I was looking forward to the new Godfather. And my Pc won't run the new Empire total war.

BenBenBen93
BenBenBen93

mass effect has an epic story and i would love to see how they solve that multi-ending of the first game i mean their a 3+ major different endings. also i want to fight 1000s or reavers. it was a good game. But yo know what crack for RPG fan is TES especially when 5 comes out

Evenios
Evenios

darn it... the sims 3 was delayed for its marketing campaign! thats crazy! they should release the game now not wait 4 months to do so! :-( and wait untill the last minute to let everyone know they are doing so i think thats pretty poor.