TrickStar and 505 Games have decided to push the release date for Ashes Cricket 2013 back for a second time to November to coincide with the second Ashes series of the year after the publisher ruled that the game "simply wasn’t good enough in its current state" to hit its original summer release window.
Tim Woodley, senior VP global brand & marketing for 505 Games, revealed the news in a statement sent to Dealspwn this morning:
“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.
“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.”
Given our concerns regarding the game, an the fact that we weren't permitted hands-on time with it less than a month before the original release date, this is hardly surprising. It'll be a slight disappointment to impatient fans, but we wager that this will be for the best. You can check out our developer session preview here.