Furious Platinum: "We're Still In The Dark"
An E3 no-show and cagey release date changes started to ring alarm bells for Anarchy Reigns, the stylish brawler from Platinum Games. SEGA has now come clean and announced that the niche title has been delayed in the West, all the way back from this summer to Q1 2013.
Platinum Games aren't happy about it. At all. Especially since they've completely finished development and localisation on time, and were kept in the dark up until the announcement.
SEGA took to Twitter to address the growing fan concern over Anarchy Reign's E3 absence, stating that "the release of Anarchy Reigns has been re-evaluated. We now expect to launch in Europe and America in Q1 of 2013." The decision was almost certainly taken as part of some major project re-shuffling following some nasty financial projections.
We could have understood that. These things happen. But Platinum Games have been quick to respond to the announcement, stating that not only have they been kept in the dark about the delay, but that they've totally finished development in time for the original summer release window! Fighting fire with fire, Platinum boss Atsushi Inaba also took to the Twitterverse in order to set the record straight.
"First of all, we are done with all international versions of Anarchy Reigns. The delay is not due to further development on the game. Also, even though the release dates will be different, the content of both the Japanese and Western versions will be 100 per cent the same."
"Today's Q1 2013 release news was the first we'd heard of it. Even if we wanted to, we can't comment as we're (still) in the dark officially.
"Finally, I want to sincerely apologise to all the fans worldwide for all the confusion this situation has caused.
"Even though we are the game's developers, we can only do so much about this… However, we hope you can continue to support Anarchy Reigns and look forward to playing it with us in the future. Thank you."
For the life of me, I can't understand why Anarchy Reigns was taken out of its cushy summer launch window, in which it would practically release unopposed by anything save the official Olympics game, and thrust into the Q1 killing fields against the likes of EA's triple-A splurge. Since it's also ready to release, and no more development is necessary, the extra seven months aren't going to do the visuals any favours.
At least we've got plenty to look forward to from Platinum, who are working on Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Project P-100 for the Wii U. Both of which are shaping up brilliantly.