In a press release, Abraham Bautista, CEA of Slang, the games publisher along with Konami, said:
“The slight delay will help to ensure that the game will provide fans with the best possible experience mixing the sport’s rich tradition and over-the-top action with a fantastic arcade combat style”
While Bautista says the title will be pushed back to November, GameStop is a little more optimistic - changing the release date to October 26th.
If the game can be released on that day, it will lead to a very interesting battle with WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011, which also hits store shelves that day. However GameStop's date could just be trying to stir up a battle between the two heavy-weight titles titles - as Amazon has changed the release date to December 31st. Let's hope the game doesn't get pushed that far back.
In even worse news, Bautista also announced that the highly anticipated (at least hear at Game Rant) pre-order bonus of an official AAA mask has been canceled. After receiving a non-compliant qualification from Consumer Product Safety Comission, Slang has decided to voluntarily replace the masks with a new, as of yet, unknown item.
"Rather than post a warning sign on the official AAA mask, we have decided to cancel the mask pre-order gift with purchase because we could not in good conscious distribute them to consumers due to the potential health risk."
The most likely reason that this did not pass the CPSC's qualifications is a fear of small children accidentally suffocating themselves. Hopefully the new bonus will be something amazing - and child friendly.
What would you like to see be the new premium pre-order bonus item be? Let us know in the comments.
Also, be sure to check out our recent interview with Mateo Rojas from Immersion Games, the developer behind Heroes del Ring on the PS3 and Xbox 360.