Ashes Cricket 2013 delayed to November


Ashes Cricket 2013’s release has been pushed back to November, 505 Games have announced today.

Citing “unforeseen issues” during the closing stages of development, the publisher deemed the game in its current state to being “simply not worthy of the Ashes name.”

It’ll now see release when the return series starts in Australia later in the year.

“It is hugely disappointing that 505 Games has had to make this announcement today,” explains Tim Woodley, 505 Games’ senior vice president for global brand and marketing.

“We all had high hopes of bringing out a stellar cricket game during the first leg of this unprecedented Ashes year. But the fact of the matter is, we took a long hard look at the game as it stands and decided it simply wasn’t good enough in its current state. It was simply not worthy of the Ashes name.

“Unforeseen issues which developer Trickstar faced in latter stages of development have meant that they have been unable to do the requisite amount of polishing and fine-tuning which any game needs. We owe it to ourselves, to our licensors, the ECB and Cricket Australia, but most of all to the dedicated cricket fans and gamers to put our best foot forward.

“It is small compensation that we have the benefit of a second Ashes series in this unique cricketing year which affords us further time to work on the game and get it right for the return leg. We are confident that the time between now and the second Ashes series will be enough to add the final polish we believe the game needs. We are committed, as we always have been, to releasing a great game and we are doing everything in our power to ensure this is the case.”

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