Please, forgive me Father for I am about to sin. I promised never to think, speak, or even type the dreaded "D" word again... oh, to hell with it! Blame it on Beelzebub!
I am trying to remember... besides DNF (before it totally dropping off the radar) and Diakatana, has any other game ever slipped this many times? And if so was it even worth buying when it finally released? None that I can remember.
We all know Diakatan sold approximately 150 copies and those were ION employees who where forced to purchase copies or become John Romero's bitch. http://www.onlineconfessional.com/html/humor/Diakatana.htmlhttp://rome.ro/games_daikatana.htm
My point is... even if they can pull off a finished product it will never live up to the hype and features list they created over two years ago. If I remember right (and correct me if I am wrong) they originally claimed Stalker: Oblivion Lost to be a Fall 2003 release.
Then the first slip to spring, then summer, then fall.. then 2005. All along the way features were dropping and hype was created... and even if it was fansite hype it still was marketing over-kill. They need to go under ground with it like DNF. And hope the backlash subsides before release day 2006.
There may be a few dozen people besides the suits and the developers that want to see the full glory of Stalker released more then I do... but in the end I think we will all be disappointed.