With so many games releasing in the month of October, most people figured that something was going to give. What they didn’t expect, however, was that games would jump forward instead of getting pushed back.
But that’s just what publisher Bethesda Softworks decided to do with their upcoming survival horror title The Evil Within. They have pushed the game forward from October 21st to…October 14th. Wait, that can’t be right.
Well, while The Evil Within didn’t completely bypass the overcrowded month of October, it did find a better home on the 14th. In fact, if there were an ideal day to release in October, it would have to be the 14th.
The Evil Within’s original release date of October 21st, on the other hand, was going to be a tough day for any game with Battlefield Hardline, Evolve, and Fantasia: Music Evolved already slated to hit. Push the game back a week, however, and you end up releasing alongside Assassin’s Creed Unity and Sunset Overdrive, which isn’t any better.
Rather, Bethesda decided it in their best interest to move forward and go up against Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Project Spark, and take their chances. They certainly wouldn’t want to move any further forward, though, as October 7th looks to be the release day of death with Alien: Isolation, Driveclub, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and NBA 2K15 all hitting at the same time.
In all reality, even a cursory glance at the October schedule would tell that The Evil Within has an uphill climb ahead of it, but aiming for a less crowded Tuesday does help boost its potential. The survival horror title has a lot going for it, most notably genre master Shinji Mikami at the helm, but there’s no guarantee that will be enough.
That being said, early impressions of the game have been somewhat positive (read our E3 2014 preview), so perhaps it should be the other October releases that are afraid of The Evil Within. Okay, maybe not, but this game does have the counterprogramming thing going for it.
By the way, in case you hadn’t noticed, October is going to be a crazy month for new releases, especially for those gamers with shiny new consoles. Obviously, some of these titles are going to slip through the cracks, but it’s far better to have an overcrowded fall season than a bare one like last year.
Do you think moving to October 14th will help The Evil Within sell more copies? What October releases are you planning on picking up?
The Evil Within releases on October 14, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.