Electronic Arts and Sega will be going head-to-head in the tennis market next month, following news today that Sega is delaying the release of Virtua Tennis 2009 from May 14 until June 2. The delay affects all versions of the game, including the MotionPlus-supporting Wii version.
"It's kind of a bummer as I know everyone is looking forward to the game," said a company representative on the Sega of America message boards, "but believe me when I say it's almost always worth it to add an extra level of polish and make sure the game is top-notch, as opposed to shipping early with problems."
Sega's closest competition, Grand Slam Tennis from EA, is scheduled to ship the following week, June 8. Both games have been designed to support MotionPlus on Wii.
Having not played either, I can't tell if this is a good move or a bad move. On one hand, it moves Sega closer to the official launch of MotionPlus and Nintendo's monsterous advertising push for Wii Sports Resort, but tennis games launching back-to-back is going to be tough to communicate to consumers.