Two high-profile delays have been announced over the last 24 hours, shunting an exclusive game and new peripheral back into the murky depths of 2015.
The Order: 1886 is the first casualty. The PS4-exclusive singleplayer shooter has been gathering momentum over the last few months, recently showing off some gameplay and its Victorian Steampunk aesthetic in a livestream, but will now miss its Christmas launch window in favour of an "early 2015" release. Apparently Ready At Dawn needs more time to shore up the visuals, which have been praised by practically everyone who's seen it thus far.
Hopefully it can match looks with engaging gameplay and decent value, especially if it releases at full whack.
It's galling to see Sony lose a Christmas exclusive - after all, the PS4 is an exceptional machine that doesn't quite have the game library to back it up at present. Fingers crossed for an emphatic E3 that doesn't mention the phrase "2015" too often.
The Steam Controller has also been pushed back. Valve's innovative touchpad-equipped peripheral (which we fondly refer to as the 'Owlface') has already undergone numerous revisions and was slated to release later this year. However, apparently Valve needs more time to address additional feedback and implement improvements.
It's unclear whether the entire Steam Machine initiative will also suffer a setback, seeing as the plan was to bundle each SteamOS PC with a controller as standard. We'll keep an eye on the situation.
We're always willing to wait for quality, but here's hoping that we don't have to report on any more delays this year...
... oh, The Evil Within has now been delayed into October. Dammit.