Some of last year's most promising titles were pushed into 2010. Here's when to expect them.
Once again, publishers are trying to tip-toe around a crowded market with their big games, and that means some titles have shuffled around on the calendar. To keep you updated on what you can expect to play in 2010 we've compiled these delayed games in one handy list.
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In October, SEGA announced the Obsidian-developed action RPG Alpha Protocol wouldn't make its 2009 release window and moved the title to "spring 2010." We'll take their word for it, considering this isn't the only iron Obsidian has in the fire. The dev is also hard at work on Fallout: New Vegas, which is due out in the fall.
Expected Release Date: Look for this one in March. If you don't find it, it's not because our prediction is wrong. It's probably because you are not looking hard enough.
The cutesy virtual pet game from Sony was previously announced for last November 17th. The game was then delayed until spring to be part of Sony's motion control rollout. Seeing as the motion controller was then delayed until fall 2010 (see below), that probably means this game will follow its release. We just don't know when.
Expected Release Date: It makes sense that this title will launch along with the motion controller this fall.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
We never expected the next installment in the Ghost Recon series to actually come out in 2009, but now the game has been pushed even further out. Originally scheduled as one of its "confirmed 2009-10 targets," Ubisoft is now eyeing a fiscal year 2010-11 release for the shooter.
Expected Release Date: Holiday 2010
Gran Turismo 5
Due to "production-related matters" this game has been pushed from being released in March in Japan. There was never an announced release date for European or US territories, but fans were hoping for a worldwide release this spring.
Expected Release Date: Likely this fall. Either that or we will drive real cars off cliffs.
I Am Alive
Unveiled back in 2008, this survival game has suffered from a rocky release schedule. The latest news pushed the title out of Ubisoft's fiscal 2010 calendar. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guilliemot recently stated: "We have been totally re-engineering the product, so it is still on the way. It will use the Splinter Cell engine. We think it can become a very good quality product."
Expected Release Date: We won't be seeing the title until after March 2011. Stay alive! No matter what occurs! (Last of the Mohicans? Anyone? No?)
Lost Planet 2
During Capcom's revised forecast for 2010 they announced that Lost Planet 2 would be moved out of the first quarter of the year to avoid competing with titles like Mass Effect 2, God of War III, BioShock 2, and Final Fantasy XIII.
Expected Release Date: Capcom has announced an official date and it is May 18th, 2010.
Max Payne 3
Originally this big title from Take-Two was slated to hit in the first half of 2010. But with BioShock 2, Mafia II, and Red Dead Redemption on the way at the same time, something had to give.
Expected Release Date: Sometime between August and October of 2010. You'll have to wait until fall to put Max's chrome to some domes.
Red Steel 2
Ubisoft hit the trade shows hard with Red Steel 2 in 2009, showing it at E3, Gamescom and other conventions to take advantage of the buzz surrounding Wii Motion+. But the first-person shooter/slasher slid from 2009 into Ubi's fiscal 2009-10, which began last month.
Expected Release Date: Red Steel 2 is now scheduled to hit stores on March 23, 2010. Prepare to slice and dice.
This first-person shooter from Raven Software and Activision was said to be ready to roll out the door for the 2009 holiday season. But Activision pushed it aside to make way for Modern Warfare 2 and re-scheduled it for 2010 instead.
Expected Release Date: This feels like a summer release to us. We plan to play it by the pool while eating those frozen ice thingys that come in the clear plastic tubes. So delicious.
Sony Motion Controller
The unnamed motion controller from Sony was originally expected to launch this spring but recently company CEO Kaz Hirai announced a delay, saying, "We have decided to release the Motion Controller in fall 2010 when we will be able to offer an exciting and varied line-up of software titles that will deliver the new entertainment experience to PS3 users."
Expected Release Date: right around the time Microsoft's Project Natal launches. October sounds right.
Splinter Cell: Conviction
As part of the big Ubisoft "refocus" the new Splinter Cell game was once again delayed. After being rebooted and sort of pushed off to the side for a spell, the latest announcement was no surprise.
Expected Release Date: Conviction finally has a firm date -- April 13, 2010. Learn it. Love it. Live it.
Super Street Fighter IV
Super Street Fighter IV is another game that was been delayed due to the crowded schedule of early 2010. We've written extensive previews on the game so we know there's plenty of rockin' content. Stay tuned for more details on this one.
Expected Release Date: April 27, 2010
Unannounced AAA Title
On a recent Take-Two financial call the company's CEO stated that they are delaying a major unannounced title until 2011. What was the game? No, it probably isn't another Grand Theft Auto installment. Rather, it's likely Irrational Games' current project. We've heard it referred to as "Project Icarus," the "X-Com reboot" and "unannounced Irrational Games Project." May we suggest CompetitiveEatingShock?
Expected Release Date: Spring of 2011. If we're lucky.