It's that month prior to E3 where some games are announced to come stand in the spotlight, and others are delayed and fade back into the shadows. Ubisoft announced today that The Division has been delayed out of 2014 and into the nebulous 2015. Three months? Six months? There's no indication of how severe the delay is, but odds are fans should probably pull back their anticipation until Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment are in a better spot to talk about The Division's current state.
Massive Entertainment posted a blog post to their website that unsurprisingly doesn't mention the word delay at all and also doesn't read like an apology to fans in any regard:
"Working on The Division is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us at Massive, Reflections, and Red Storm Entertainment. We are creating something we are really proud of and we don't want to compromise on quality. We are going to release the game when it's ready.
We want to thank you again for the exceptional ongoing support. Community is at the heart of what we are doing and we’re very much designing the game with you in mind, so your involvement means a lot to us."
I'm sure they had their reasons to write a post that's so lacking in humanity it literally turned me into the Predator. Literally. The reasons probably had to do with marketing or money or something. Come on, guys. Respect your players intelligence and call it what it is -- a delay. Apologize, and say The Division will come back better than ever. You can score a lot of points by being respectful.
The Division was previously announced for release prior to the end of 2014, which Ubisoft has since replaced with Far Cry 4. The Division will now come out some time in 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Let's just hope the delay wasn't because the game is going through the same graphics devolution that Watch Dogs went through.