With Diablo 3 coming out on the 15th you would think other publishers would be avoiding releasing any titles around the same time. Let’s face it, the Diablo 3 audience is massive and it’s Blizzard’s first release for quite some time. The only other title of note that’s going head to head with Diablo 3 on the 15th is Max Payne 3, which will appeal to a different audience. However, Nordic games were so concerned about releasing their expansion for SpellForce 2, called SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny, they have delayed its release until June. In a statement from Nordic Games’ Philipp Brock, they made it pretty clear releasing at the same time would be a bad idea.
“As many already know, hell breaks loose on 15th of May 2012 and may possibly cause a global decrease in productivity, “sick leaves”, and consumption of vacation days. We think that this is a very unfavourable time for the release of SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny and have therefore decided to postpone it. Due to lowered resistance values, even we here at Nordic Games are not immune to said phenomenon and expect anomalies with regards to working hours of our colleagues and employees”.
It sounds like even the team at Nordic Games will be taking time out to take on Diablo and it’s nice to see a developer being up front about the reason for delaying their game.