18/03/2010

SCEE Cause EFLC 2 Week Delay

Rockstar have just announced that the release date for Episodes from Liberty City for Playstation 3 & PC has been pushed back two weeks due to a request to change certain content from SCEE. Rockstar have not announced the specific changes Sony have requested but stated the decision had been taken to delay not only the PS3 version of the game but also the PC release in order to create a level playing field for all players. The new release date will be April 13th 2010. Some additional questions have also been posted.


Those game changes sound pretty minor.  Why does the game have to be delayed a whole two weeks?


Unfortunately, with each round of changes comes fully re-testing the game and a full re-submission to PlayStation.  This is the nature of the game submission process.  Believe us, if we could expedite the turnaround any sooner – we would.  We are dying to get this game in the hands of fans who’ve waited for it for so long in the first place.


Why is content being edited just for the European release?  This doesn’t seem fair.


There are different regional requirements for content – whether dictated by ratings boards like the ESRB and BBFC or by SCEE – this is pretty standard in the world of entertainment.


If this content is only being edited for the PlayStation 3 release, and only in Europe… why does everyone in North America etc have to wait?  And why do PC players have to wait at all?


This was a tough decision but with a simultaneous release, everyone can experience multiplayer simultaneously, take part in online events together, be on level ground on leaderboards, etc. 


What about those Episodes from Liberty City PSN and GFWL Social Club multiplayer events you announced for April 2nd and 3rd?