I can’t really say I’ve been counting the days until Ubisoft’s new strategy title hits store shelves, so I’m not exactly devastated to hear it has been pushed back until September 2010 from the original June date.
What does surprise me is the honest reason that Ubisoft has given. Over the past month or so Ubisoft have held open beta tests of the product, which has apparently culminated in them being overwhelmed with feedback. Announced on the game’s Facebook page earlier today was the reasoning behind the change of date.
“Following the massive feedback we got from the community during the Public Beta, we have decided to postpone the release of the final game to September 2010. While we understand how disappointing this news will be for many, rest assured that this is the best decision for R.U.S.E. and that this extra time will allow us to implement many of your suggestions and improve the multiplayer experience while polishing the overall game.”
The list of fixes being addressed include but are not limited to:
- Multiplayer menus and filters
- Unit selection
- Order assignment
- Unit behavior and pathfinding
- Strategic AI behavior
- Anti-lag policy and kick system
- Game balance
I find it distinctly heartening that Ubisoft is taking the time to roll the feedback of real players in to their title. Hopefully this will mean that R.U.S.E will launch with a more robust gaming experience with the community and testers to thank for that. If only more companies actually used the data gathered in these open betas; since, unfortunately, most of the time it’s just an excuse for a rough and ready demo.
R.U.S.E ships in September 2010 on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.