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Monday, September 24, 2007
Gods & Heroes delayed

Via Common Sense Gamer I heard the news that Perpetual is delaying the release of Gods & Heroes to early 2008. They are also "restructuring", a.k.a. firing people. While Darren worries about the impression that makes, and the fate of the fired people, and the originality of Gods & Heroes, I'm personally more worried about the timing. If WoW's Wrath of the Lich King second expansion, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Age of Conan and Gods & Heroes are all released around the same date, the latter two are likely to fall through the cracks. Yeah, I'm not a big fan of WotLK, and I have certain doubts about WAR, but I'm pretty sure that these two will sell very, very well. In comparison AoC and G&H are definitely second league.

Speaking of second league, I don't think anyone confuses Pirates of the Burning Sea with the mythical "WoW killer". But apparently PotBS is well on track to be released in time for the christmas business, and lo and behold, now it will be the only MMORPG released then. This is a chance for Flying Labs, they could really profit from this good timing if their game is in a playable state on release. Not talking millions of subscribers here, but over 100,000 would probably be enough to get back the development cost and keep them afloat. I wish them the best of luck.
I posted about this in the DVD thread.

In any case, you're right. Age of Conan and Rome Rising are in for a massive world of hurt if they go up against Lich King.
Yeah, it would be a very good time to get a game released before christmas. But of course it would probably hurt them more to release an unfinished game before christmas. I have no idea how playable the game is at the moment but it would still be nice to remember. :)
Excellent point regarding second league...might even get worse than that. Hope not...
And only four people (counting Tobold) care enough to actually post.

This game is doomed.
don't think it's doomed.

there will always be a lot of mmorpgs that won't hit the 200K mark, yet that is very profitable in itself i think. i have no clue what a break-even-point for an average mmorpg is, but it won't be a million ;)
I believe it to be I have had some...uh...thoughts on GnH..
Only questing, only killing, no crafting, housing or other amenities that most MMO's offer.
They will be on the sort list and headed toward a Vanguard ending is my belief!
GnH was given the benefit of the doubt when it was split off from Sony and nobody knew if it was Sony leaving them because of a bad product or them leaving Sony because they felt that their product could stand on it's own.

I guess we know now.
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