Square Enix has revealed that Deus Ex: Human Revolution, previously reported to be due in March 2011, has been pushed back into the next financial year.
This begins in April 2011, so that’s apparently the earliest we can expect to see the game. Square used some crazy business language to explain this decision to its investors, which I will attempt to translate for you:
“With weak sales performance of console game titles that have been newly released during the current fiscal year as well as harsh market feedback regarding a key title” (translation: ‘oh god, Final Fantasy XIV was and reviewers noticed.’)
“the Group recognizes the reinforcement of development capability in our Digital Entertainment segment as our most critical managerial issue.” (translation: ‘we’d better make sure our next game is really good.’
“We therefore have decided to spend additional time to further polish our upcoming game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, resulting in a shift in release timing from our prior plan of the current fiscal year to next fiscal year.” (translation: ‘Deus Ex will be our next big game, let’s give the developers some extra time to make sure it’s as nifty as possible.’)
You might be wondering why the poor performance of Final Fantasy XIV and delay of its PS3 version has anything to do with the release of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. After all, it does seem somewhat unrelated. But if Square feels the new Deus Ex will do well, it makes more sense for them to push it into a new financial year – which will ultimately give the company a better-looking fiscal performance for 2011 – rather than let it come out at the end of a year which the publisher is hoping to write off as a financial blip.
The upshot, however, is that there will be no Deus Ex: Human Revolution until at least April 2011.