Ashes Cricket 2013 delayed to November, “simply wasn’t good enough” says dev

Monday, 29 July 2013 10:39 GMT By Dave Cook

Ashes Cricket 2013 publisher 505 Games has chosen to delay its sports sim for a second time until November, to coincide with the second Ashes series.

In a press release sent to VG247 this morning, 505 Games confirmed that the second Ashes series takes place in Australia this November, and that the game will launch in time for the event.

Tim Woodley, senior VP global brand & marketing for 505 Games, said in a statement, “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.”

Bad times.