Publishers 505 Games have had to break the news of the unfortunate delay of the release for Ashes Cricket 2013. Originally intended for PC and console release coinciding with the 1st Ashes series of 2013, game has had to be delayed until November 2013 so that it can be released alongside the return of the Ashes when the Ashes series returns to Australia.
Tim Woodley, Senior Vice President Global Brand & Marketing for 505 Games, said: “It is hugely disappointing that 505 Games has had to make this announcement today. We all had high hopes of bringing out a stellar cricket game during the first leg of this unprecedented Ashes year. But the fact of the matter is, we took a long hard look at the game as it stands and decided it simply wasn’t good enough in its current state. It was simply not worthy of the Ashes name.
“Unforeseen issues which developer Trickstar faced in latter stages of development have meant that they have been unable to do the requisite amount of polishing and fine-tuning which any game needs. We owe it to ourselves, to our licensors, the ECB and Cricket Australia, but most of all to the dedicated cricket fans and gamers to put our best foot forward.
“It is small compensation that we have the benefit of a second Ashes series in this unique cricketing year which affords us further time to work on the game and get it right for the return leg. We are confident that the time between now and the second Ashes series will be enough to add the final polish we believe the game needs. We are committed, as we always have been, to releasing a great game and we are doing everything in our power to ensure this is the case.”
Whilst it is sad to hear of a game being delayed, at least it’s with good reasons and hopefully this means that anyone anticipating this release can look forward to a much more solid game experience when it is finally released later this year. Any Cricket fans here who want to voice any disappointments? Let us know in the comments.