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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.'s Latest Slip

THQ delays Xbox 360 titles on Eurogamer pokes through the publisher's latest financials for the status of their upcoming console releases, also finding the latest delay for S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, GSC Game World's tardy shooter: "In addition, previously delayed PC title S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl has slipped further, and is down for an October 2006 release at the earliest."

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23. ... Oct 29, 2005, 19:27 theyarecomingforyou
 
Yeah, just like HL2. 6 years to develop and when it came out it was so outdated and boring.

It was delayed by 1yr (as was the original) and by the time it came out the graphics were far from revolutionary (in fact even before the delay it didn't look especially amazing) - it was successful purely because of the gameplay and well constructed storytelling.

This news takes STALKER to a delay of 2yrs (a quick search lead me to an original release date of Q4 2004, though it's possible I missed one and it was earlier). If they can get the gameplay right (which still looks promising) then they could still do well but they've damaged their credibility and the impact the graphics will have. The problem is that the scales are now tipped against them, rather than in their favour... this games has gone from being a pioneering DirectX9 game to being a DirectX10 game (as Vista is due out next summer with DX10). If there are any surprise hits before release then it may be hard to maintain interest, like Farcry did to Doom 3.


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  1. Oct 29, 14:26 xBox 360? Jim
  10. Oct 29, 15:02  :-/ zerra
  17. Oct 29, 17:17  Re: xBox 360? Overon
  18. Oct 29, 17:57   the term.. runnerct32
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