Two Worlds II retreats to January

[UPDATE]: SouthPeak delays Reality Pump's fantasy action RPG to early next year in North America citing need for more polish, TopWare says game's been done for weeks.

Two Worlds II's road to release has already been long and winding, but fans of Reality Pump's action role-playing series will have to tolerate one more delay. Having previously confirmed Two Worlds II for an October release, SouthPeak announced today that the sequel to the 2007 original will now arrive in North America in January. SouthPeak indicated that the game's release in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand is still scheduled for this year.

SouthPeak is doing its part in keeping these guys off the streets.

"We understand that this is not great news for those of you eager for an October release, and we can understand that you might feel that our European cousins' potentially getting the game before you is frustrating to say the least," the publisher said. "However, there's a reason for everything, and although we feel that the game is truly at 'AAA' level…we want Two Worlds II to be absolutely flawless when it launches in the North American market."

First announced as an expansion pack in 2007, Two Worlds II was initially scheduled for an early 2008 release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. However, the fantasy role-playing game then picked up full sequel status, as well as multiple delays.

Reality Pump has made use of the extended development time to make substantial updates to its fantasy RPG universe. Most notably, the developer has built an entirely new game engine designed to enhance atmospheric gameplay and visual fidelity. The new engine includes support for motion-capture animation and dynamic lighting.

As for the game itself, Two Worlds II picks back up with the original's hero, after having languished in prison for a number of years. Gamers find themselves first confronting the nefarious Gandahar (the villain from the original), before setting out on a new quest to save the world.

Two Worlds II also includes a new multiplayer component, where gamers can team up to undertake 12 cooperative, story-driven quests. The game also includes a cooperative city-builder mode, in which players can create thriving towns that produce high-quality items.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Two Worlds II.

[UPDATE 9/28]: Reality Pump partner TopWare Interactive today stepped in to refute SouthPeak's statement, saying the game was delayed over concerns of a crowded holiday quarter in the RPG market. As for the game not being finished, TopWare said development, QA, and localization were all completed in mid-September.

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TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

With a serious drought for multi-player RPG's on consoles, I really hope they deliver. The first one was kind of a disappointment, but I remain cautiously optimistic.

craftieman05
craftieman05

@TheColdBlooded Nope, I'm just telling you what they told me at Gamestop.

TheColdBlooded
TheColdBlooded

@craftieman05 oh really ? are you saying they want to release it "so close" to Dragon Age 2 , well that would be a HUGE mistake.

Gliave
Gliave

That's gonna need a life time supply of polishing agents. Say, wot's the big idea though? Does this mean the EU / others version will be "less" in quality than that for NA?...The heck are you ppl thinking..? In that case then, drop the price for the early release at least to justify the favoritism....Ya jackals.

naomha1
naomha1

From what I'm seeing tonight, looks like all the EU sellers are listing it as January of 2011 as well. Looks like it might be a playasia import....

AZ_sofa_king
AZ_sofa_king

" ...we can understand that you might feel that our European cousins' potentially getting the game before you is frustrating to say the least..." our European " cousins " are more like red headed step children getting the shaft with the trash.

jupsto
jupsto

They want europeans to beta test it first, as usual with indy companies who make buggy games :(

lock445
lock445

LOL I guess they value American sales better than European ones... that is just naive. Anyways, it's the quality that matters. Time developing doesn't go down in the record books and in our memories. It's the quality of the game, and if they need more time making, then let it be.

dkdk999
dkdk999

wait are you telling me their going to release one version for europe and one later on for north america? i'm confused.

Stabby
Stabby

@ Targzissian Ok... then why should Europe and elsewhere get a worse product?

McStrongfast
McStrongfast

@wwlettsome Precisely. This is just bizarre.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Delayed until Jan. for quality reasons...but still ok to launch in Oct. in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Huh? I guess gamers in the UK, Australia and NZ are ok with crappy quality.

Nate401
Nate401

Two Worlds is one of my favorite games. I can't wait 4 the sequel. I wish its multiplayer is like Monster Hunter. The single player is what I am most interested in though. I hope I can still flawlessly defeat dragons. Probably can't, but the game will still rule.

catausha
catausha

If any other game that's due for release in Oct. gets delayed, I'm going to be pissed, not that anyone would care about me being pissed. Fallout NV better NOT get delayed, that's all I know.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

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gbyd
gbyd

AAA? hhhmmm I'll have whatever he's having.

aaddron
aaddron

What a lie... they couldn't of just said we want a better release window? Just last week Reality Pump (Dev) announced beta testing was done and everything looked good and just a couple days ago ZuxxeZ (continental Europe publisher) announced the release date for Europe as October 21st... so either ZuxxeZ is clueless or the reason for the delay isn't quality control.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

I am amazed Two Worlds II has been given the go ahead. The devs really do have to push throught that thick layer of (well deserved) criticsm.

craftieman05
craftieman05

That's not what Gamestop told me. They said the publisher didn't want to release it so close to Call of Duty 7

blackfray
blackfray

The first one was one of the worst RPGs i've ever played; i'm actually quite shocked to see they've made a sequel... I'll definitely buy Fable 3 and Gothic 4 this year buy i won't waste my money on this until i see all the reviews and IF they were good MAY BE i'll consider buying it AFTER the Witcher 2 and Dragon Age 2 in 2011.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

I can see the reason for pushing it back to january. cause there's many games coming out throughout next month. like Castlevania: Lords of shadow (due out a week from today), Fable 3, medal of honor, NBA 2K11, Smackdown vs Raw 2011 and Fallout New vegas amoung others. and they don't wanna have to have two worlds 2 try to compete with any of the games i mentioned.

Alex_09
Alex_09

@BearsRideLions Because some people hate great games for no good reason. You should check out the two worlds 2 forums, some of the things the fanboys say about Oblivion is hilarious.

k_oldsoul
k_oldsoul

a Lot better than the first ..i mean look at the water,the magic and the Characters.I just hope that the graphic won't feel old after 1 year.

SoetSout
SoetSout

january is also a bad time, a good time for a game would be june july next year, too many highly anticipated games arriving now

Jinx1988
Jinx1988

October is a pretty deep release date for alot of great games (Fallout:Las Vegas, Fable 3, Forced Unleashed 2), this is probably for the best for this game. First Two Worlds was OK, hopefully this is a step up.

Targzissian
Targzissian

I think this is for the best. If they rush this one it could be buggy and disappointing. If they take their time and test it out on the guinea pigs* (I mean gamers) in Europe first, it could potentially be a fantastic RPG when it releases here in the US. *For anyone without a sense of humor, that's a subtle joke.

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

I bet there just pushing it back because of how crowded October and November and they think everyone in America will be too busy with Fallout, Fable, and CoD. If its good to go In Europe and AU then America should not be left out.

xjgunsx
xjgunsx

ok... so while we wait can we have a downloadable DEMO at least?

Stabby
Stabby

"we want Two Worlds II to be absolutely flawless when it launches in the North American market." So Europe, the continent where this was developed is getting an intentionally WORSE version? @ jmgar24 I doubt it's like Demon's Souls release since that didn't have a publisher in Europe at the time, whereas this does in both NA and EU.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

It would be great if this game wasn't terrible like the first Two Worlds. I am a huge Diablo fan, so when I got that game, I desperately wanted to like it. But that was made impossible because it was boring and just not good. Sad, because it held such promise, but there are too many great games to waste time on bug-filled crap.

IkedaTeramusa
IkedaTeramusa

I have to say, you guys cry and whine about bugs entirely too much. Most of these games are NOT polished at launch. Shall I go through the necessary list or will you guys allow me that little statement? Just a few to backup my thoughts (Risen, Two Worlds, Divinity II from the same genre, FFXIV, Champions Online, Warhammer Online from MMO's). Now, that having been said. I didn't find Two Worlds COMPLETELY unplayable. But of course, I'm working my way through Risen so you can take that for a grain of salt. IF (and that's a pretty big IF) the developer fixes their bugs/glitches/what-have-you then they can shine in my eyes. If I find another half finished product by them I will swear them off and never EVER buy another of their products. I don't care if it gets a straight up 10 in the review at that point. I was burned too many times. Why are ya'll all talking about Gothic 4. Do you not realize the shambles that Gothic 3 was? Hence Risen? Which itself was a mediocre game. Any RPG shows promise nowadays because the players REQUIRE so much anymore to be in an immersive world. That being said, how is the obvious competition for X-mas anything BUT Fallout: Vegas and Fable III. Course the Fable team has let me down in the past as well but it's still a viable option.

Jackc8
Jackc8

Looks like an interesting game, but I'll be waiting for the reviews. Funny, I guess the UK, Australian and New Zealand folks don't need an "absolutely flawless" version?

BearsRideLions
BearsRideLions

sigh.. does nobody remember the "oblivion killer"? How can you have high hopes after that game? I must have walked to the game store 15 times only to be told its been delayed another week. When I finally get it, it turns out to be complete garbage. I will be waiting for a lot of reviews before even considering this one.

Ares360
Ares360

Hoping two worlds 2 is great, only thing that keeps me from buying Gothic 4 over this is Two world's new multiplayer and as long as its not laggy I'll be happy also glitch free. South Peak this is your chance at redemption you failed with two worlds not to mention section 8 and several other small titles in where the best was blood bowl which was like a arcade game for $50.

darkbuky
darkbuky

They know lot of people wait toward this game and they don't want to miss the shot. You guys will be happy when come january :)

wahyudil
wahyudil

"…we want Two Worlds II to be absolutely flawless when it launches in the North American market." .... its mean, Europe get the BETA version :D

danaketh
danaketh

I hope it won't end up like Mafia II. Rescheduling due to quality concern and then becoming a fail of the year.

ArcticGabe
ArcticGabe

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Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Im glad it rescheduled..Gives me more time to pre order it..Ive got to many games already in october do out..Not to mention rock band, fallout, fable, arcadia, sims for my wife..Its a packed full month..Have 3 rpgs already..Not going to give me enough time to play..Im sure this game will be pushed to march next year also..Wont come out in january for sure...

zato_number_one
zato_number_one

Wow, I'm actually relieved about this. There are just to many games on my "must play" list this fall. Now I won't have to agonize between TW2 and Castlevania. Sweet.

jmgar24
jmgar24

You also have to understand that they are not releasing some piece of crap movie game like Kung Fu Panda. This is something that cost millions and years to make.They are confident in their quality of the product already but it would be a shame for the game to fall by the wayside with all those new titles coming out in october.

Stressthesky
Stressthesky

Just look at the october release schedule and you'll see why they did this. It was scheduled for launch on the same day as Castlevania and Enslaved. Not to mention games like Fable III, Fallout and Vanquish coming out later in the month. Too much competition.

blood_in_dark
blood_in_dark

i think they are affraid of arcania:gothic 4:))...not that i prefer gothic instead of this one

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

BTW, just so you guys know, when the trailer says that everything is customizable, they really mean it. If you found/looted the right items, you can make literally any weapon you want. You can also create spells, rename any and every item you have, and make some awesome staffs and stuff. I made a spell that casted fire and froze the enemy at the same time, it was so over the top it was awesome!

tiggerboy
tiggerboy

I am glad that they are delaying the game! I honestly believe it is for quality concerns. I played the game at PAX this year, and even though it looked and played 1000 times better than the first one, there were still many minor bugs that could be fixed i.e. hit detection, enemy location, and a couple of control bugs. All kidding aside, if they fix the problems I saw when playing it, this could very well be a blockbuster, no effing joke at all. This game has gone from waste of time to brink of epicness. I am stoked and cannot wait to see it next year!

Supabul
Supabul

This better not be another Risen, a game that was a half finished port but got release in the EU anyway while the US version got delayed for improvements

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

I don't buy their excuse "quality concerns". So many companies get 'the fear' in them this time of year, what I don't get is, why not just say you were going to release before/after the holiday season to start with.