At least, that was my knee-jerk reaction to hearing last week’s news that this MMO just announced its fourth delay — and this coming shortly after the beta concluded and just weeks away from launch.
If it’s needed, it’s needed. The beta had pretty strong word-of-mouth, but there were concerns over balance and the game bricking graphics cards and some other issues. I get it. I get that you only get one first impression and that Amazon has yet to launch an actual successful game. They’ve got to be second-guessing everything over there. I’ll trust that this was a good call, just like many other MMO delays of past game launches, and hold back from raging out.
Still, on a personal level, this really stinks. Right here, right now is the perfect time of the year for an MMO to launch for me. Fall’s only going to get more busy, both in my work and with gaming. There’s Endwalker and Gundabad and Legacy of the Sith coming up, and now we’re shoving New World into this fall corridor. It’s going to be an awful lot within the last three months of the year. It’s going to be really tough to carve out time for all of them.
So yeah, ideally I would’ve loved to have New World already launch and have August and September to enjoy it properly without feeling rushed of crowded. But there’s no use crying over it now.
This means that I’ll just keep on trucking with LOTRO and FFXIV this month, with a side dish of Book of Travels and Ship of Heroes. Here’s hoping — REALLY hoping — that New World uses this extra month to get extra good and ready. Because I’m not going to brook another delay, let me tell you, and I’m going to expect it to be top shelf.