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Kaser Focus: Starfall

Did you miss a session from GamesBeat Summit 2022? All sessions are available to stream now. Learn more.  I think gamers have been forgiving and understanding on the subject of game delays in recent years. Whenever a game publisher announces they are delaying a major release, I see a general response along these lines: “Of…

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I think that gamers have been more understanding and forgiving about game delays in recent times. I have seen a common response from gamers when a game publisher announces that they will delay a major release. It is “Ofcourse, take your time.” We’d rather have it be good eventually than botched soon.” I think that’s a good, gracious reaction, given the recent everything about the world and how it’s changed the industry. However, with the delay of Starfield and Redfall, I’ve seen a shift in this. Gamers are less accepting and encouraging and seem more tired and dejected.

Taking the temperature of reactions at this point, it sounds more like “Yeah! I figured that would happen.” Or maybe I’m just hearing what I want to hear. That was also my reaction. It makes me wonder if gamers are losing patience with publishers. These tweets that say “We want the best game possible, but we need more time” start to sound less sincere after a while. You might try this thought experiment: “Our schedule was impossible to be with, and now we are forced to admit it under duress.”

It’s not Starfield or Redfall this time. This year’s release schedule is looking pretty bleak. We are getting Gotham Knights , as of the time this writing (WB Games Montreal please don’t be a liar). The game was our first long glimpse in many months. Red Hood and Nightwing look great, but I will have to wait until I see the final version before I make any judgments. It’s still something. And apparently that’s what they’re getting these days. We’re also getting Dead Space Remembr just two days before my next birthday. Thank you, EA!

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