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Summers to get hot with releases, traditionally a "very quiet period"

The winds of change are blowing, no longer shall gamers need suffer a terribly parched gaming summer, big names pulling back from "crowded holiday".

It's all thanks to the volatile economy agrees Codemasters, analyst Pachter and ShopTo. Early summer windows will help reduce marketing costs, help titles "stand out" much better.

"We're beginning to see a change in summer releases," said analyst Michael Pachter, from Wedbush Morgan. "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."

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