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Epic: Gears Of War 3 Success Could Signal Extended Dev Times

Posted on September 2, 2011 AT 12:00am

THE BUZZ: Epic Games could consider longer development times for future titles if the extra work put into Gears of War 3 turns out to be a success.

WHAT WE KNOW: Gears of War 3 was originally slated for release back in April however it was delayed to make it one of Microsoft’s major holiday titles.

Epic President Mike Capps has said that the extra 5 months allowed the team to make the best game they have ever made and suggested that this lengthy development time could become the norm if Gears Of War 3 is successful.

He told CVG in a recent interview when asked about the increased dev times;

“Wow, that’s a good question. Every one of these Gears took a different amount of time so it’s hard to draw a conclusion.”

“Gears 2 took two years, but it was bigger than the first one which took a lot more than two years because of all the pre-production work.”

“I guess the real question coming down to it is going to be, do the fans appreciate that we spent that much more time on the product? If this game is really successful, if the multiplayer is really successful in a way that Gears of War 2 was, then that will really tell us if we did the right thing by putting all that extra time in.”

“So I’d like to say yes but I’m going to wait and see if everybody likes it on September 20.”

EGM’s TAKE: We’re all for developers taking time to ensure that games are as polished as possible and are not rushed out of the door to meet deadlines however nobody likes waiting an extra 5 months on top of what they expected. So go ahead and take the extra time but don’t gives games a release date you’re not expecting to keep.

Are you behind the idea of developers taking extra time to ensure their games are the best they can be?

Nick Baumfeld
Bio: Nick Baumfeld has been involved in the video game industry for a good 12 years. He has seen the industry from all view points and has a background in websites, website integration and social media. Nick pioneered the online video game rental business back in the day, moved forward into online video game trading and then moved viral with the well received Video Games Application on Facebook. Today, he has joined up with EGM founder Steve Harris to create something truly unique and special; EGMNOW, a community dedicated to all manner of gamers.

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