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Spore: "Delayed Indefinitely"
Posted: Thursday June 21st, 2007 by

The June issue of Game Informer, in an article about EA / Will Wright's Spore, states that the game has been "delayed indefinitely".
Source: Kotaku [ more info ]

Since this information hit the wealth of gaming news sites, EA has issued statement after statement reassuring fans that the dates have not been pushed back any further. The truth of the matter is, EA's fiscal '09 extends from April 2008 to April 2009. So, if spore releases in May '08 it will still be considered a fiscal '09 release.

Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens all the time. One slight mistep on fact checking and the whole article starts to fall into a spiral of misinformation. I know, I've done it myself more than once.

I'd like to make a comment here reassuring you that, given EA's actual fiscal year dates, Spore will be released next year. The thing is... I don't actually believe it. I HOPE the game will be released sooner than later. But, I have this nagging feeling that the game will not hit shelves until 2009. Notice the lack of the word "fiscal".

Consider this writeup yet another request from yours truly for companies to just say "it'll be done when it's done" unless they are 100% certain of the release date. Oh, and my apologies to Blizzard. I didn't mean to pick at them about issues with hitting initial release dates. **whistles**

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