505 Games has today announced its decision to delay Ashes Cricket 2013. Originally schedule for release on PC during the 1st Ashes series of 2013 in the United Kingdom, the release has been delayed to November 2013 when the return series starts in Australia.
Although 505 Games are disappointed with the announcement, the publisher admits that as it stands Ashes Cricket 2013 simply isn't worthy of the ashes name.
"It is hugely disappointing that 505 Games has had to make this announcement today. We all had high hopes of bringing out a stellar cricket game during the first leg of this unprecedented Ashes year. But the fact of the matter is, we took a long hard look at the game as it stands and decided it simply wasn’t good enough in its current state. It was simply not worthy of the Ashes name." said Tim Woodley, Senior Vice President Global Brand & Marketing for 505 Games.
"Unforeseen issues which developer Trickstar faced in latter stages of development have meant that they have been unable to do the requisite amount of polishing and fine-tuning which any game needs. We owe it to ourselves, to our licensors, the ECB and Cricket Australia, but most of all to the dedicated cricket fans and gamers to put our best foot forward.
"It is small compensation that we have the benefit of a second Ashes series in this unique cricketing year which affords us further time to work on the game and get it right for the return leg. We are confident that the time between now and the second Ashes series will be enough to add the final polish we believe the game needs. We are committed, as we always have been, to releasing a great game and we are doing everything in our power to ensure this is the case." Woodley continued.
Ashes Cricket 2013 will now be released in November for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.