Ashes Cricket 2013 has been delayed for a second time by its publisher 505 Games.
The reason? In blunt terms the publisher admitted that the game “simply wasn’t good enough in its current state”.
The game has already missed its previously scheduled for release of June 21st. It will now be released to coincide with this year's second Ashes series in November.
“We all had high hopes of bringing out a stellar cricket game during the first leg of this unprecedented Ashes year,” 505’s senior VP of global brand and marketing Tim Woodley stated. “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.”
MCV is unable to confirm rumours that the development issues revolved around the inability to make the Aussies competitive in-game.