Shellshock: Nam '67 Gold and Delayed

This Eidos Profit Warning (thanks Frans) shares Eidos' concern about their margins for this fiscal year, combining the contradictory news that ShellShock: Nam '67, their upcoming Vietnam shooter is both complete, and delayed. That's right, in spite of pronouncing "ShellShock: Nam '67, has been approved on PS2, is completed on PC and Xbox approval is expected imminently," the article goes on to warn not to expect the game's release until September, citing a soft market and a traditional summer slow season as the reasons for this unusual move:
On May 20, 2004, the Company reported that the recent and unexpected softness in the games market, particularly in the US, was negatively impacting unit sales of Hitman: Contracts even though it was charting well in Europe and the US (and continues to do so). Since that time, this market trend has not reversed and the industry is about to enter the traditionally quieter summer period for game sales. Given these circumstances, and notwithstanding that the game is now ready to release, the Board has decided to hold the release of ShellShock: Nam '67 until September so as to provide this important new franchise with a better opportunity to deliver its true potential.
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Delayed
Jun 17, 2004, 11:51
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Jun 17, 2004, 11:51
 
No great loss.

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Re: Delayed
Jun 17, 2004, 11:57
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Jun 17, 2004, 11:57
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Um the reason nobody is buying any games is because no good games are out. Summer is the perfect time to release a game as the grubby little kids all have summer job money to go spend.

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Jun 17, 2004, 12:06
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Jun 17, 2004, 12:06
 
Need more time to generate hype. The name is so cheesy though - I've always thought of this as a low budget title.

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Re: Delayed
Jun 17, 2004, 12:06
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Jun 17, 2004, 12:06
 
I was just reading an article which mentions that game publishers believe gamers don't buy games during the summer and that they like to hold off on selling games until the winter holidays. It doesn't make sense to me... Why would they want to compete with every other decent game being released at that time? A few good games suffered lack luster sales last winter mainly because of the fact that there was too much competition. For example, Beyond Good and Evil was a great game, that no one bought because it was released at the same time as 50 other "Holiday" games.

When I was younger and I had more time to game, it was during the summer... when it was too fucking hot to go out side.

I guess the publishers are too greedy to realize that Xmas winter isn't the only time they can get the parents out to WalMart to spend some cash.

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Delayed til Fall?
Jun 17, 2004, 12:22
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Delayed til Fall? Jun 17, 2004, 12:22
Jun 17, 2004, 12:22
 
Hmmm... This title will sell better with Doom 3 and Half Life 2 on the same shelf? Don't think so.. I got money to spend now, but I won't when I buy HL2 and D3 AND a new vid card.


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Jun 17, 2004, 12:23
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Jun 17, 2004, 12:23
 
I agree, hitman did not do well because they pulled a "Tombraider" and reused the same old engine with the same old game mechanics (which was especially painful for the PC version which was technically hopelessly behind the curve). Shellshock is the same cross-platform least common denominator stuff.

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More lies
Jun 17, 2004, 12:30
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Jun 17, 2004, 12:30
 
Done but not released? Can you HL2 will be out in September 2003? Can you say WMD in Iraq?

These guys are all liars. You might think that is harsh. Listen to this story.

There is a show called last comic standing on TV. The judges were drew carey, brett butler and 2 other people I forget. The show was them judging comics to go live in a house and do the survivor bit.

The show is held and the occupants of the house are picked. When they are done, Brett Butler says "This is bull%%## and walks off camera. They show her go to the losing comics and say "We did not vote for those people on stage. You guys got shafted".

Then they show drew carey talking to the shows producer. Drew carey looks at the camera and says the people chosen are bullshit. The producer then admits that it was not just the comics voting. He says that the production people were voting also. They just "forgot" to tell Drew and Brett and the other judges.

The comics chosen were chosen by the producers, even though all the hype for the show said "Panel of 4 judges starring drew carey will chose the comics". Drew was angry they had paid him to be a face while the producers made the decisions.

The producers chose about 3 good comics and 7 people for fireworks. 3 or 4 ho's, a black man bragging about the size of his penis, 1 guy who is a jerk and guaranteed to start fights when the house is filmed.

Everyone is a liar. Most of what you see in the press is a lie.

Growing up us really a disappointment.

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Jun 17, 2004, 12:49
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Jun 17, 2004, 12:49
 
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Re: More lies
Jun 17, 2004, 13:08
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Jun 17, 2004, 13:08
 
There is a show called last comic standing on TV. The judges were drew carey, brett butler and 2 other people I forget.

Yeah, I watched that last night also, and the selection was crap. The one guy from NY was killing me, the one with the crappy apratment and he had gone to Law School and the one that told the cameras to screw at the end of the show, his timing was great and he had an awesome set. The show is TOTALLY fixed, they just picked a token person to represent some male or female ethnical group and sexual orientation (your token unfunny gay guy) for TV ratings, stupid. I'm not going to even watch it anymore, dumb.

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Re: More lies
Jun 17, 2004, 14:15
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Jun 17, 2004, 14:15
 
so, did u get an idea as to what the judges selection would have been? were they all white? or were some of the ethnic lot actually funny?


I hate the political correctness crap. choosing some black guy so as to be 'fair' to the world in general, when the other guy is obviously more talented is so damn annoying.

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Jun 17, 2004, 14:37
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Jun 17, 2004, 14:37
 
I can only hope that translates to, the bush economy is SO ucking bad right now, that we would do better in September, even thou we would be going against Giants.

Thou, if is was a good game it would sell well most anytime.

Or quite possibly this could me that Eidos never ceases to amaze me with thier lack of intelligence.

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Re: More lies
Jun 17, 2004, 14:47
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Jun 17, 2004, 14:47
 
or were some of the ethnic lot actually funny?

Certainly some of the "non-white" male and female contestants who made it deserve to be there, but not as many as they picked. Hell even a couple "white" people shouldn't even be in the finals as they weren't funny, they were just people that the 'production' team felt would make waves in the 'house'. So it didn't really come down to talent in the end, just what looekd better for ratings.

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How did this smoke get up my ass?
Jun 17, 2004, 16:04
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Jun 17, 2004, 16:04
 
What a crock of shit. Since when has Summer been a bad time to sell anything that is primarily aimed at the under-30 market? I guess that's why all those big action movie blockbusters never come out in the Summer?

This is what happens when an industry becomes bloated and corrupt. When someone drops the ball, absconds with the funds, or there's a corporate power struggle underway, they have to find some insanely lame reasoning why.

Take the game industry back - support small, independent game developers and let the mega-scumbags starve to death.

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Re: Delayed
Jun 17, 2004, 16:50
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Jun 17, 2004, 16:50
 
This game does have potential. Ironicaly most Vietnam based war games I've purchased in the past were good games. I was really looking forward to it. I must agree with some of the other posters here. How could competing agaisnt Half Life 2 and Doom 3 be more profitable?

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Jun 17, 2004, 17:13
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Jun 17, 2004, 17:13
 
god forbid they don't release the world war first person shooter...
we've never seen any of those...for fucks sakes.

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Re: OOh yeah...
Jun 17, 2004, 17:28
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Jun 17, 2004, 17:28
 
fucking suits.

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Let's wait.... and lose
Jun 17, 2004, 17:33
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Let's wait.... and lose Jun 17, 2004, 17:33
Jun 17, 2004, 17:33
 
This meeting would have been fun to be at.

"Hey guys, we've got a finished produce here. Let's keep it."
"Yeah, that way someone can leak it and we'll never make a dime off of it because they already have the finished version!"
"That sounds great, I'm in."

Sheesh...

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Jun 17, 2004, 17:37
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Jun 17, 2004, 17:37
 
'Soft game market' is a joke. How "soft" would the market be if HL2 and D3 were released tomorrow?

Make a good game, people will buy it. It doesn't get much simpler than that.

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Jun 17, 2004, 19:02
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Jun 17, 2004, 19:02
 
Agreed.
I think September is one of the highest months for new PC Games as well. Doesn't this mean publishers have a higher potential to lose more sales from the gamer on a budget? I.e. choosing a better game from their perspective.



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"paradigm shift" (p.10)
"awareness is prerequisite to all acceptable changes of theory" (p. 67)
Reference: Kuhn, Thomas, S., "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions", Second Edition, Enlarged, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1970(19

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Mark.

"paradigm shift" (p.10)
"awareness is prerequisite to all acceptable changes of theory" (p. 67)
Reference: Kuhn, Thomas, S., "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions", Second Edition, Enlarged, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1970(1962)
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Jun 17, 2004, 21:20
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Jun 17, 2004, 21:20
 
All that's posted is too true. But the big trouble is that now, this game could find a cult following during the 'supposedly slow' summer months. Now it'll get lost in the torrent of good/cool games come september.

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