Haze clears in May

Ubisoft nails down release month for oft-delayed PS3-exclusive shooter.

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Ubisoft has today announced that Free Radical's Haze will arrive exclusively for the PlayStation 3 this May. However, since Haze first descended on the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo, nailing down its release date and platforms has been an exercise in futility.

Initially slated to arrive on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in the first part of 2007, Ubisoft bumped the shooter back in January 2007 and said it would arrive in the company's fiscal year ending March 31, 2008. In May, Ubisoft once again amended that date, this time saying the game would arrive for the PlayStation 3 in the fall. At that time, no mention was made of the Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game, primarily because the publisher had intentions to can those editions, perhaps because work on those editions had officially ceased by August.

Ubisoft then delayed the PS3 version of Haze for its January-March quarter of 2008 during its second quarter earnings report in November, and then bumped the game out of its fiscal year 2008 entirely during its third-quarter fiscal statement this January, which meant that the game could potentially have arrived as late as March 31, 2009.

Set in the not-too-distant future, Haze drops players into a strife-ridden world lorded over by all-powerful megacorporations. Check out GameSpot's coverage of the long-in-development shooter for more information.

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