Monday, August 22, 2005

PC Game Releases in September

...suck, by the way.

Traditionally, the end of Q3 features some outstanding, AAA titles. This year, though, it's a wasteland. Look at what's coming up in September (this doesn't include online titles):
--Fable: The Lost Chapters
--Black & White II
--Indigo Prophecy
--The Suffering: Ties that Bind
--Warhammer 40,000 expansion pack

That is unbelievably weak. A port of an excellent Xbox game (Fable), a sequel to a game that was an ambitious failure (Black and White), an adventure game with an innovative design (Indigo Prophecy), a sequel to a game that was sloppy but interesting (The Suffering), and an expansion pack.

Fable's going to sell a jillion copies because nothing else is out there. Very nice release timing. Same thing with Black and White II--it's going to get much more attention than it could have expected otherwise.

Q4 looks like it's going to be the only decent quarter of the year for PC games--and that's with an asterik, because quite a few games could still get moved into 2006.

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