Despite originally being slated to release at the beginning of the first Ashes test Ashes Cricket 2013 has received delay after delay and publisher 505 games has today announced that the game will not release until November at the start of the second series in Australia.
Tim Woodley, Senior Vice President of Global Brand & Marketing at 505, said that the game simply wasn’t good enough to live up to the Ashes name. He also added that “unforseen issues” led to the game lacking polish.
“It is hugely disappointing that 505 Games has had to make this announcement today. We all had high hopes of bringing out a stellar cricket game during the first leg of this unprecedented Ashes year. 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.”
One consolation that fans can take from this delay is that the game appears to have been delayed for the right reasons.