Ashes Cricket 2013 has been delayed until November 2013, 505 Games has announced.
Originally planned for release to coincide with the start of the Ashes, the game will now be ready for the return Ashes series in Australia.
"It is hugely disappointing that 505 Games has had to make this announcement today," said Tim Woodley, senior vice president global brand & marketing for 505 Games. "We all had high hopes of bringing out a stellar cricket game during the first leg of this unprecedented Ashes year. But the fact of the matter is, we took a long hard look at the game as it stands and decided it simply wasn't good enough in its current state. It was simply not worthy of the Ashes name."
Woodley added: "Unforeseen issues which developer Trickstar faced in latter stages of development have meant that they have been unable to do the requisite amount of polishing and fine-tuning which any game needs. We owe it to ourselves, to our licensors, the ECB and Cricket Australia, but most of all to the dedicated cricket fans and gamers to put our best foot forward.
"It is small compensation that we have the benefit of a second Ashes series in this unique cricketing year which affords us further time to work on the game and get it right for the return leg. We are confident that the time between now and the second Ashes series will be enough to add the final polish we believe the game needs. We are committed, as we always have been, to releasing a great game and we are doing everything in our power to ensure this is the case."
The first Test of the return Ashes series begins on November 21 in Brisbane.
The writing has been on the wall for several weeks now, with Ashes Cricket 2013 having already missed two of the first series' five Tests. Moving the game to November will no doubt lead to releasing a better game, but this will do nothing to appease fans who have been eagerly anticipating the game's release this summer.
Source: Press release