Wheelman garaged until March 20

Midway delays long-awaited PS3, 360, PC driving game to "provide a more optimal launch timeframe"; demo hitting XBL, PSN beforehand.

When Midway Games came to an agreement with a first group of creditors this month, it emphasized that the deal would not affect The Wheelman's February 16 release date. Last week, when it made a deal with the remaining holders of its $240 million in debt, the long-delayed driving game also appeared on track.

No longer.

This week, Midway revealed that The Wheelman won't launch on the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 until March 20. A demo will be available on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live before the release of either version of the game, which will ship for the PC simultaneously.

First announced in February 2006, The Wheelman is an open-world road-action adventure that features the likeness and voice of actor Vin Diesel. The Fast and Furious star is an outspoken game enthusiast who starred in (and whose Tigon Studios helped develop) The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay for the Xbox and PC. Atari will publish an expanded PS3 and 360 remake, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, later this year.

Developed by Midway and Tigon, The Wheelman sees Diesel play Milo Burik, an undercover agent who is sent to Barcelona and eventually finds himself involved in a power struggle between three gangs that run the city. As Burik, players will need to infiltrate each faction, taking jobs in the game's sandbox city to work their way to the top of the Catalan capital's underworld.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of The Wheelman.

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NavIGOtoR25
NavIGOtoR25

Well, I hope it will be fantastic crash!

Apofis_SG-1
Apofis_SG-1

yap u right. i think better buy Dark Athena

Krazy-K
Krazy-K

Hopefully Midway can make a lot of cash from Wheelman to pay back the debt collectors. But I have no doubt that Dark Athena will bring Atari the big bucks. If I had to pick one from the two, my money would go to Dark Athena.

tidyspidey
tidyspidey

lol @ pure impact - so true. perhaps the company dying and being bought by someone who can manage them properly will be the best thing that happened to them.... I hope so.

MegaXtreme
MegaXtreme

This certainly won't help Midway at all with their financial problems. They need to get this out ASAP more than anything so they can get this debt off their shoulders. It probably won't do much to help them, but heck, it's worth a shot.

richioso
richioso

Why why why why.... would anyone want to buy wheelman. I have no problem with vin diesel because he likes games and the Riddick game was very good. This game looks like its gonna sit at the bottom of the ocean with the Titanic, I mean this 360 slo-mo lets shoot the engine bollix and vehicle melle attacks come on. You'd have to be a complete Matt Damon to buy this.

xbox4life76
xbox4life76

I hope this isn't just the first delay in many...this game looks interesting especially with the voice of Vin Diesel...I may rent it first.

beekayjay
beekayjay

I hate Midway, but have respect for Tigon and for Vin Diesel. Their efforts thus far have been surprisingly good. I'm rooting for this title, hope it makes it.

pure_impact
pure_impact

Die already Midway! Let a real company buy you out and make your games better! C'mon February!

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

As long as they improove and tweak the last minute problems that remain to make the final game a hit, i'm cool with the delay!

Pete5506
Pete5506

Dang we have to wait, but I hope they make it better with the time

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

They should put a disclaimer on every box when it releases. "This may be the very last Midway product to release. Do you like Mortal Kombat? Want it to continue? You might want to buy this, then."

Starcraft012694
Starcraft012694

I have a question about Chronicles of riddick, I get into the mines, and now I have no clue what to do, and i might have killed jagger valence, im not sure, i accidentally punched a dude and he got pissed

msudude211
msudude211

I'm not sure about this game, especially after the delay.

ZonaBoy89
ZonaBoy89

this will probably be their last game then they will go bankrupt. Sad that Wheelman has to be the last one.

Un4givingAsault
Un4givingAsault

Gamespot, sick pun skills lol. I doubt this game is that good if they need a big named actor to atract people to it.

Guzthon
Guzthon

It's a good strategy, because next month the new titles would crush Midway. Also releasing in march will be better. I hope that Midway will remake more Mortal Kombat (or making new games). Like a remake of MK: Armageddon (with all the mini games) for the Wii, XBOX 360 and PS3.

DM2438
DM2438

The game wouldn't make money anyway. Seems like another rental for myself when and if it does get released to the public.

mvlbr
mvlbr

Of course it's garaged after all Midway is pretty much bankrupt.

Xzakuter
Xzakuter

It would be really coll if Midway got out of debt with this game. Because that would probably mean more Mortal Kombat! Cmon people buy the game and it will help Midway so much.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

this game looks like it can be a lot of fun but then i remember that midway is making it and it probably wont be too much fun.

EnderSR388
EnderSR388

@akiwak Starbreeze was the real talent behind the Chronicles of Riddick. Tigon didn't have much to do with it, besides Vin's likeness/voice work. Unfortunately for us Midway Studios Newcastle, an internal studio, is the developer of Wheelman. :( I wouldn't get your hopes up.

LinconSixEcho
LinconSixEcho

What are the chances that this game might be released around the next Fast and Furious movie this year?

EnderSR388
EnderSR388

What they said was, "provide a more optimal launch timeframe". What I heard was, "We know this game will sell poorly enough as it is, so we don't want to go up against any big name titles to lessen our chances of barely breaking even." Just get it out there! Quit delaying stuff.

RonTorque
RonTorque

I just love Vin Diesel and love his work. He is amazing.

TWiSTEDmerc
TWiSTEDmerc

midway: release the game before its too late. Remember that you need revenues to stay afloat.

pakhair
pakhair

I am waiting really hard for this game that's a shame that it's late may be I will buy Mirror's Edge or Saints Row 2 with the money ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MAY BE I WILL BUY IT SO MIDWAY CAN GET THE TINIEST HELP POSSIBLE -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Gezquester
Gezquester

I had a feeling something like this would happen, I just hope that we do end up getting the game eventually, next thing we know it might just get cancelled but I hope not...

pakhair
pakhair

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thunderground2
thunderground2

I thought I saw an article saying this wouldnt be delayed again. oh well as long as the games good I dont care.

grigjd3
grigjd3

optimal launch time-frame means provide an excuse for their creditors not to shut them down for another month.

akiwak
akiwak

I smell another mediocre game.... But I pray to be proven wrong!!! If Tigon gives us another C of Riddick quality game then I would really keep an eye on this one. This is another way of psyching myself out, set expectations low then be amazed when delivered a quality product.

theunloved
theunloved

Well, as long as the delay lets them make the game even better. Though saying it won't get delayed and then delaying it anyways? What was up with that?

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

Looks like a good rental, but it will be no Riddick!

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

If it's a good game then more power to it. I'm so tired of games getting announced that sound promising and then fail to deliver. So here's hoping success for this game even if I'm not the biggest fan of Diesel.

ALLoY1717
ALLoY1717

Seems very close to Driver to me. I hop ethis is good though, not because I want it to be but because I hope it helps keep Midway on their feet. Then there is hope for a PSI OPS sequal!