After weeks of speculation it's been announced that All Blacks Rugby Challenge will be out 'no later than the 30th of September'.
Before this time the official line was the game would release prior to the Rugby World Cup 2011 kick off on September 9th.
Announced on the Official Rugby Challenge Facebook page, Sebastian Giompalolo from Tru Blu Entertainment Pty. Ltd had this message for eager gamers -
'Dear Rugby Challenge Fans,
We know there is some frustration and speculation on the release date for this title. We have invested an enormous amount of funds and effort in this title, and if we could have released it yesterday, we would have.
There are two general paths that can be taken when creating video games:
1) The release date and budget are set, and you work within these parameters to complete the game. The advantage is that everyone knows the release date. The drawback is that over a two year period it is easy to miscalculate your budget and time. This leads to a game that will likely fall short in features and quality; or
2) There is an estimation made for the release date/budget, and work on the project commences. The drawback is there is no set release date however, this option allows you to continue working on the game until you are satisfied that the product is of the highest standard.
Tru Blu Entertainment Pty. Ltd. have chosen the latter path and make no apology for the choice, as we believe this is the only way to produce a quality game.
Our initial intention was to create a great game featuring the great Jonah Lomu and release upon completion. There was no plan made to release prior to or during the World Cup. We later found out that we had a competitor and the race was on to release before them. We must apologise to our fans as we will not make this deadline, but we can assure you that the wait will not be much longer.
We are still on track to release before the end of Quarter 3, which is no later than the 30th of September.
Please be patient. Soon you will have the pleasure of playing the best rugby game ever.
MD, Tru Blu Entertainment Pty. Ltd'
This release window gives the upcoming release of Rugby World Cup 2011 releasing August 26th, a decent time advantage to market.
For those who didn't catch our recent All Blacks Rugby Challenge hands on article, check it out here.
So, with this latest news, are you likely to pick up Rugby World Cup 2011, wait for All Blacks Rugby Challenge or just get both?