A mystery has (most likely) been solved.
When Take-Two Interactive updated stockholders on the company's disappointing sales outlook for the remainder of 2009, the publisher also announced it was delaying an unannounced "triple-A" video game out of its 2010 fiscal year. As a result of this move, the unannounced project could not be released until at least Nov. 2, 2010. So, what game was it?
This is what caught my eye in the press release announcing Spec Ops: The Line this morning.
"Spec Ops: The Line is not yet rated by the ESRB," read the release. "The title is planned for release during Take-Two’s 2011 fiscal year, which begins on November 1, 2010."
Similar language was used during Take-Two's conference call, which just took place days before the Spec Ops reveal.
Just because Spec Ops: The Line is being released in Take-Two's fiscal year 2011 doesn't mean it actually has to be released in 2011 -- at the earliest, it's just coming after October 31. November is a huge month for shooters and 2010 is anticipated to be just as packed as in years past. Halo: Reach will be released sometime in the fall, and it's expected Activision will have another Call of Duty.
Take-Two will be holding a conference call to discuss its year-end results on Thursday. There should be more information about Spec Ops: The Line and the delay of Max Payne 3 then.