Eurogamer reports: Codemasters, ShopTo and analyst Michael Pachter all believe change is afoot, and that summer videogame droughts may be the norm no longer. Economic risk, argue the trio, is forcing even the biggest players to keep clear of the crowded autumn release schedule.
"We're beginning to see a change in summer releases," notes Michael Pachter, videogame investment analyst for Wedbush Morgan Securities. "It actually started a year ago, with GTA (April) and Metal Gear Solid 4 (May) having pretty solid success. EA pushed Tiger and Fight Night forward, and will release FIFA and Need for Speed in September, earlier than usual.