South Park: The Stick of Truth was scheduled for release on December 10, 2013 after Ubisoft picked up the publishing rights to the game. Today via the Ubisoft Blog, the announcement was made that the game will now not be released until March 4, 2014.
Their blog post explains the reason for delay:
Why the new delay? Well, when Ubisoft picked up the game, we thought: Easy. We’ll put some marketing muscle behind Stick of Truth, toss some additional development resources at it, then take it to the finish line with Matt Stone and Trey Parker. The game’s almost done, anyways – so what more could we do?
Apparently, quite a bit more. “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,” says Ubisoft North America’s president Laurent Detoc. “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.”
As sad as the game’s delay is, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker agree with the delay. “We always wanted the game to feel like you’re actually in an episode of South Park,” say 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.”
While nothing can make up for a game’s delay, Ubisoft has provided a seven-minute gameplay video to help cope with the news and get you excited for March.
Longtime followers of South Park: The Stick of Truth will remember that the game was originally being published by THQ prior to the company filing for bankruptcy, with a release date set for March 6, 2013. In an auction where THQ sold off its properties, South Park: The Stick of Truth was picked up by Ubisoft, when the game was announced to release this December.
How disappointed are you with the delay of the game? Do you prefer it being delayed to give the developers more time to polish it? Let us know in the comments below.