It appeared as if Microsoft was all set to begin bringing regular, weekly updates to its retro Game Room on Xbox Live. Laying out its plans for the remainder of April, Microsoft said that it would begin expanding upon the channel's 30 initial offerings with new additions, such as Super Breakout and Pitfall, as of today. Unfortunately, that now seems not to be the case.
This morning, Xbox Live Europe's Daniel Maher updated his Twitter feed with news that Microsoft has postponed the release of this week's update. "The latest batch of Game Room content has also been delayed until further notice--I'll let you know once a new date is confirmed," the Microsoft employee said in 140 characters or less.
It would appear as if the delay isn't limited to the European Xbox Live network, either. As of press time, Microsoft had not updated the North American version of Game Room with this week's batch of new content. Last week, the publisher noted that "new games will release every Wednesday alongside Xbox Live Arcade titles." This week's XBLA release, Tecmo Bowl: Throwback, is currently available.
One possible reason for the delay could be the recent round off layoffs at Game Room developer Krome. Last week, the Australian company confirmed for GameSpot that it had trimmed its staff, though Krome declined to quantify the extent of the cuts. According to unconfirmed reports, that figure stood at some 50 developers.
[UPDATE] Microsoft director of Xbox Live programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has since affirmed the Game Room disruption via his official Twitter feed, promising an update as details become available.
"We're working to bring you additional Game Room titles as soon as possible! I'll let you know the moment I have more details," he said.