After Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE:SNE)’s delay in launching PS4’s Uncharted 4, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has also announced a delay in its new IP, Quantum Break. Both these consoles will not greet the fans in 2015 and their release will go to the next year. At the same time, Nintendo Co., Ltd (ADR) (OTCMKTS:NTDOY)’s Zelda title will also push towards 2016. So, this means, there will be nothing new for the gamers this year.
Microsoft’s “Incredible Portfolio” shifts to next year
Microsoft Studios’ Publishing Head, Shannon Loftis told Forbes that there are a range of Xbox One games that will be unveiled this year. Therefore, the gamers need not worry about that. But, the company said, by shifting Quantum Break release to the next year, the incredible portfolio of Microsoft will be added to next year’s scheduled launch of monster new IP.
Will the delays hit these companies hard?
According to Forbes, the delays seem to be a part of the PR spin, but according to it, Quantum Break delayed launch will hit the company lesser hard than Nintendo and Sony. This is so because Microsoft is completely unknown to Quantum Break at this moment and there is absolutely no notion in the mind as to how the new IP will impact the company.
Forbes however believes that this would be a “solid offering,” even though it has not excited the audience as much as it should, as of now. But, if Titanfall and Watch Dogs (the favorite ones to create a buzz among the audience) scenarios are to be seen, it is not necessary that a buzz among the audience indicates product’s quality or success.
But, if truth be told, the delay announced by Microsoft does not seem to stand on the same podium as Zelda of Nintendo or Uncharted of Sony. This is so because these two will prove to be the biggest exclusive launches of the two companies. There is just one way for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to stand equal to these two companies, and the way out is to announce the launch of Halo 5 in 2015 itself.