Delays are always a little bit disappointing, but when they’re announced in the way that the short two week delay for the new SSX was, you can’t help but forgive! SSX Creative Director Todd Batty took the time to write an open letter to SSX fans explaining the reasons for the delay.
“I wanted to let you all know firsthand that we recently decided to take a couple of extra weeks to give our game the final bit of polish we think it deserves,” begins the letter. “This means that we won’t be shipping the game to you until Feb. 28 in North America and Mar. 2 in the rest of the world. We hope that given how long you have waited for SSX to come back, you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer.”
Apparently the reason for the delay is simple — they want to add a bit of spit and polish.
“Over the course of more than 10 years of making games I have not worked on a single project where our team did not wish, coming down the home stretch, that we could have just a bit more time,” writes Todd. “Time to do all the little things that may not be noticeable during the first hour or two playing the game, but are appreciated over the course of days, weeks, months and beyond.
“SSX was one of the games that always took the time to do exactly that. There is a reason why Tricky and SSX3 are still among the highest rated games of all time, and it is because even playing them today they still stand the test of time. Our goal from Day 1 was to re-launch this amazing franchise with a new SSX game that could live up to that legacy.
“We are incredibly proud of where we are today and extremely thankful for all the support that you, the community, have given us in helping to shape this game. We are making this game for you, and we want to make sure that you’ll love it.”
I’m looking forward to the new SSX, and a delay — even a short one — is a little disappointing, but when he puts it so nicely you can’t help but forgive and forget!