South Park: The Stick of Truth has been delayed once again. The game recently received a release date a month ago, which was December 10, but it seems both publisher Ubisoft and developer Obsidian aren’t confident enough in the title yet. The game has now been pushed back to March 2014 in North America and March 6, 2014 in Europe.
The game was originally announced back in 2011 when, the now defunct, THQ was still acting as publisher. Ever since the company met its financial demise earlier in the year Ubisoft has purchased the rights to the game for around $3.2 million as part of THQ’s bankruptcy auction. Ubisoft North America president Laurent Detoc explained the game’s delay.
“Within three weeks after acquiring the game, we sadly realized we had to turn this thing upside down if we hoped to deliver the experience everybody wanted,” he said. “It’s been such a major overhaul to get to the point where we are that we couldn’t let it go, even if that meant missing December.”
South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker agree with Detoc’s statements, as they believe getting the game to meet the show’s standards has been an exciting, and albeit, difficult task than first expected.
“We always wanted the game to feel like you’re actually in an episode of South Park,” the pair stated in a Ubisoft blog. “Getting the game up to the crappy standards of the show has been a real challenge and we’re excited to say it’s taken way longer than we thought it would.”
To compensate for the delay Obsidian has released a 7 minute gameplay footage of the game.