AAA games should follow Bethesda’s lead with the Fallout 4 reveal. For the love of all things gaming, I’m tired of seeing titles announced and showcased two or more years before release. There are numerous examples of why this is not a good idea. Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts 3, and, most recently, Starfield are all examples of this. Announced on November 11, 2018, with a very short teaser Starfield took over the gaming news. Fast forward four years, It was announced today that it will be postponed until an unspecified date in 2023.
Delays are not necessarily bad. I am all for games getting their due. The reason this bothers me is that they announced it in 2018. This is the same company that revealed Fallout 4 before releasing it five months later. What happened to this model of showcasing and releasing games? It was ideal because the game could be released at the height of its hype. In the weeks leading up to it, they released content almost weekly. There was a mobile game to go along with it, and it was just a lovely rollout.
It’s understood that the pandemic threw a large wrench in game development. In addition, I do not create or market games; I am simply a consumer. To be honest, they’ve already demonstrated that they know how to reveal and launch a game. Hopefully, in the future, the pandemic’s development hell will push companies to hold off on revealing games until they are closer to launch. Do I honestly believe it will change? No, but ranting about it for a while feels good. Simply go back to the Fallout 4 style of game reveals.
The Fallout 4 Reveal
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