Ubisoft today announced that South Park: The Stick of Truth has been delayed. Again.
The latest release date for the game is now March 4, 2014.
At this point the delay announcement should come as little surprise for fans who have been waiting more than a year for the title's release. The game was originally scheduled to launch in March of this year, but was delayed last November by publisher THQ. It was then caught up in the bankruptcy and piecemeal selloff of THQ, ending up in the seemingly capable hands of Ubisoft. The game had been listed as a tentative late 2013 release for months before Ubisoft gave it a December 10, 2013 release date just last month.
Ubisoft stated that the game has taken far more work for developer Obsidian to get it finished than originally anticipated. Apparently, the studio has had to change the game drastically from the form it was in in during its THQ days.
“Within three weeks after acquiring the game, we sadly realized we had to turn this thing upside down if we hoped to deliver the experience everybody wanted,” said Laurent Detoc, president of Ubisoft North America. “It’s been such a major overhaul to get to the point where we are that we couldn’t let it go, even if that meant missing December.”
The disappointing announcement was accompanied by a press quote from South Park's creators, making light of the difficult time this game has had in development:
“We always wanted the game to feel like you’re actually in an episode of South Park,” said Matt Stone and Trey Parker. “Getting the game up to the crappy standards of the show has been a real challenge and we’re excited to say it’s taken way longer than we thought it would.”
Along with the delay announcement, Ubisoft has released a new video preview of the game. This one shows actual gameplay from the title, demonstrating for fans that the title does, in fact, exist: