Take-Two's release schedule for 2009 just took a massive blow, as the company just announced a decision to move BioShock 2's release back. BioShock 2 will no longer be released in 2009; the return to Rapture has officially been moved to fiscal 2010. Take-Two has not specified exactly what a "fiscal 2010" release means.
The company did not provide many details about the reasons for BioShock 2's unexpected delay, other than a desire to provide additional development time to "ensure that this title will deliver what its fans expect and deserve," and hopes 2010 will provide a more upbeat retail environment.
"The decision to shift a release date is never an easy one, especially with a product as highly anticipated as BioShock 2," said Take-Two CEO in the press release. "We felt that it was essential to invest the additional time to ensure that this title will deliver what its fans expect and deserve. As a result, we will now be launching sequels to several of our strongest franchises - including BioShock 2, Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and Red Dead Redemption - during the next fiscal year."
Take-Two will be holding a conference call to discuss the impact BioShock 2's delay will have on the company within the hour. I'll be on the call to provide details to you guys.