Games publisher 505 Games has announced that the upcoming Ashes Cricket 2013 has been delayed until November, as they do not feel that the game is currently good enough.
Ashes Cricket 2013 was originally set to be released on June 21, but now has a release window set for the second Ashes series that is due to take place in Australia later in the year. The game is set to feature dynamic gameplay, weather conditions and pitch changes to offer enhanced, more realistic gameplay.
Tim Woodley, 505 Games vice president of global brand and marketing explained that “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.”