The second interview… well, calling it an interview stretches the term… it is more “Quotations from Chairman Smed”… contains a look at what else might be coming out from SOE in the near future. And while it galls me a bit that EG wants to play along so badly that they count FreeRealms on PS3 as a new title (wasn’t that supposed to ship concurrent with the Windows release originally?), for me the jaw dropper was this quote:
“And we haven’t announced a release date for it but you can expect it… We’re looking at late first-quarter, early second-quarter .”
My first thought was “typo.”
Surely they meant 2012 at the earliest.
But, no, the title of the whole interview is “Expect PlanetSide Next Q1/Q2,” which I initially read as a date of “Next Q1/Q2” but which I realized really meant 2011… this year… since the title of the project is “PlanetSide Next.”
So somebody at EuroGamer thinks we’ll be playing PlanetSide Next by, say, the end of May.
Really? They just took that statement and asked no questions? Journalism at its finest.
This, for me, flies in the face of the marketing ramp time requirements to launch a new title. Not that I would be shouted down if I suggested that SOE isn’t the sharpest spoon in the drawer when it came to marketing. But still, the SOE of the last five years has been more about announce and delay, hype and silence (think The Agency), and not about hitting very aggressive dates.