Recently, Bethesda announced that their two very highly-anticipated games: Starfield and Redfall, would be getting pushed back a bit to a 2023 release date. Their reasoning was simple: they felt that the games needed more time in the oven, and they didn’t want their projects to end up as the new Cyberpunk 2077. It’s pretty sound reasoning that I would expect most fans to get behind. Instead, people are actually angry about this. Huh?
Look, I get being excited for games, and I get feeling disappointed when something you’re really looking forward to gets delayed. However, I really don’t understand the very real anger that so many have expressed over these delays. I mean, it sucks but so what? If the developers need more time, then we should all be able to understand that. For one thing, we don’t want them having to crunch, since absolutely nothing good comes of that. Even if you don’t care about that though and just want your game, wouldn’t you at least want it to be good?!
For so many years we’ve been complaining about developers rushing their games out to market unfinished. We’ve raged about the games we’ve gotten suckered into buying, and we’ve all laughed at the bullets we’ve dodged. Seriously, take a second and think about all the high-profile games that wound up being utter disasters because they were pushed out the door too early: Halo Infinite, Battlefield 2048, Cyberpunk 2077, Fallout 76, Anthem, Mass Effect: Andromeda, No Man’s Sky, etc.! These are just a few of them too! Do we really need that list to grow?
Seriously, after years of seeing what happens when these games are rushed to market and raging about it, why are so many people now complaining that a developer isn’t doing exactly that? Is there really no pleasing people when it comes to release dates? If that’s the case, these companies might as well plunk out whatever shoddy effort they can get away with, because apparently that’s what we deserve! I’m sorry, but I can’t stand the fact that people are screaming like little children now that a major game maker is choosing to do the right thing for once. This is Bethesda too; we know they’re not above putting something out before it’s ready.
So yeah, I think this was a good move on Bethesda’s part, and I think more game developers should follow the example they’re setting here. If we want good games, we need to be willing to wait. It’s absolutely worth it! So, in the interest of getting products that are actually good, please don’t ask these companies to go back to their old ways!
What do you think of all this? Think we’ll still get a good game even after the dealys?