One of Sony’s trump cards for the PlayStation 4 this holiday just got hit with a delay.
The gorgeous game you see above is named “The Last Guardian.” It’s a long-in-development game that’s exclusive to Sony’s PlayStation 4. You can only play the game on Sony’s console.
But now, rather than the game launching in the crucial October, pre-holiday time period usually reserved for blockbusters (like “The Last Guardian”), the game is launching on December 6.
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The move doesn’t impact fans dramatically, but could certainly impact how well the game sells during the holiday season.
The month of October is stacked with blockbuster games: the latest from “Call of Duty,” “Gears of War,” “Battlefield” and “Titanfall.” There’s a good reason for that – October is the month to release your blockbuster game. That’s because games tend to see explosive sales at launch, with rapidly-decreasing sales after that. Releasing your blockbuster game in October means you can extend that sales window with – what else? – the holiday sales season.
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On top of that, customers are more inclined to buy your game because of the nature of the holiday season: People buy and give games to friends and family.
With a December 6 launch date, “The Last Guardian” may get some of that bump, but it’s missing the crucial post-Thanksgiving sales week in the US.