Stop us if you’ve heard this one. We wish we were joking, but it seems that after having the date pushed back twice already, the release of F.E.A.R. 3 has been delayed yet again. The game’s development has seen enough uncertainty to this point to prevent the announcement from shocking too many fans of the series, but for now those planning on picking up the title can expect to do so some time this June.

The fate of F.E.A.R. 3 was anything but set in stone after its release was initially pushed from 2010 to 2011, then delayed yet again to a tentative release next month.

Warner Bros. Interactive apparently still can’t keep the game’s launch in track with the established time-frame, with GiantBomb reporting that the publisher has officially confirmed the delay from May to June. It would seem that a release date of June 21 in North America has now been established, but at this point we won’t hold our breath.

It might be easy to simply laugh at the sheer absurdity of a single game being delayed three times, but fans of the previous two games won’t see the humor. It’s been two years since the release of F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, which is more than enough time to look forward to getting another chance to play as the original game’s protagonist, the Point Man.

You see, the supernatural elements of the series and its terrifying antagonist Alma easily steal much of the attention given to the game, but F.E.A.R. 3 is looking to bring the focus back to the troubled relationship between two brothers.

Players won’t be bringing Alma’s terrible saga to a close alone, instead having to side with the psychically-gifted ghost of Paxton Fettel, the first game’s main villain. Oh, and did we mention that he’s the Point Man’s brother?

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Day 1 Studios has cooked up a seriously compelling and loaded plot for the third game in the franchise, a fact evident in F.E.A.R. 3’s story trailers. But even with a singleplayer campaign that puts two brothers with some serious relationship problems – Point Man killed Fettel, after all – the developers are bringing some serious changes to the actual gameplay.

The skilled soldier and the phantom brother possess very different abilities, both of which can be experienced by playing the game with a co-op partner. Keeping a shooter balanced while adding in another player’s ability to possess an enemy’s body is no easy feat, and may be one of the reasons F.E.A.R. 3 has been delayed yet again.

DAy 1 has yet to clarify the exact nature of the delay, but the news has us more disappointed than enraged, especially when F.E.A.R. 3 has such a clear story to tell. The fact is that delays happen, and release dates are missed regularly. Even Portal 2 was delayed, so it’s not as if the act is a sign of an inferior product.

We won’t pass final judgement until we see the game in action, but do these numerous delays have you doubting the future quality of F.E.A.R. 3? Or will you die-hard fans trust Day 1, and wait for the game’s release regardless?

For now at least, F.E.A.R. 3 is expected to release on June 21, for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

Source: GiantBomb (via CVG)