If you think back to this past year’s E3, the biggest title (besides Uncharted 2 of course) by far had to be Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. A couple of weeks before the convention IW released their very 1 teaser trailer that ended with the release date of 11/10/09. Prior to the trailer there were many other titles slated for a November release as well. However, following Modern Warfare 2’s showing at E3 that all would change, like a domino effect, one title after another it seemed all had begun backpedaling into early 2010. This epidemic of delays in the gaming community would come to be known as the “modern warfare flu”.
Not every title was delayed, as some managed to actually move up in the calendar. Some titles like Uncharted 2 did the right thing. Naughty Dog and Sony, had probably the most impressive showing of any title at E3, yet they still adjusted to Modern Warfare and moved up from their original November date to October 13th. This was done in order to make sure it wouldn’t get caught in the holiday release shuffle (*cough* and avoid Modern Warfare *cough*). While Uncharted 2, was making moves in the right direction, other titles we doing the absolute worse thing (besides cancel the game of course) they could have done by slipping into 2010.
Please take a look at the following list:
- Army of Two: 4oth day
- Red Dead Redemption
- Bioshock 2
- Mafia II
- Mass Effect 2
- Gran Turismo 5
- Splinter Cell Conviction
- Heavy Rain
- White Knight Chronicles
- God Of War III
Of the 13 titles listed above, 7 of them are now hitting shelves in 2010 because of their “delays” and they will all launch within a 3-month period. That’s right 13 big name titles launching in just 12 weeks time. It’s usually bad enough when this happens before the holidays, when everyone is spending his or her money on gifts. I for one, am interested to see how this will all work out, especially because it will be right after the holidays when everyone’s bank accounts and credit cards have more mileage on them then a hooker in Hunts Point.
So I’m guessing you want to know how Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will affect these games, even if they’re in the safe haven of 2010? It’s simple really, and it revolves around the fact that us gamers are creatures of habit. More often than not, especially if a game has a very strong online component, gamers usually stick to it. That’s why games like Halo, Gears, CoD, and Killzone to this day still have such big and strong online communities. When playing Halo 3 for example usually the players that pwn everyone online, if you check their achievements you quickly realize that more often than not it’s basically the only game that they play.
I’m not saying that all gamers do this, but I can attest that I myself have been guilty of it. When COD4 was released back in 2007, I was knee deep into it’s multiplayer. There were plenty of good games out that holiday, but to me it didn’t matter because I was too busy working on my next prestige without enough time to really delve into anything else. I did buy some other games that winter, but all they really did was collect dust on my shelf. COD 4, because of its highly addictive online game play had me in its rapture and I didn’t want to be bothered by any other game.
I am sure many of you out there can agree, when you find something you like you don’t really need anything else. With that said, if Modern Warfare 2 (a game who’s predecessor is still selling for $60 to this day) can possibly improve on its addictive online component then who the hell will even bother buying games 2 months later? How about when there are 13 AAA titles to choose from? This is why the 2010 delay, I think will hurt many titles more than it will actually help. All they will be doing is providing MW2 a window of 7 weeks to gain even more momentum than they already have.