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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be released even though it's not finished

Developers of the upcoming Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light were not able to finish their online co-op mode in time for the game's scheduled August 18 launch on Xbox 360. But instead of pushing pack the release date, the game will still come out as scheduled. A patch will come out next month to actually add the component that should be there in the first place.

In fact, if the game update hits its currently slated release date of September 28, absolutely no online functionality will be available for the first 41 days the game is up for purchase. That's crazy considering that online co-op has been one of the defining features of this new Lara Croft title since the day it was announced.


Above: Looking forward to some hot Lara Craft co-op action? Your friend better be in the same room with you then 

In a statement to Joystiq, manager Karl Stewart from Crystal Dynamics, the game's developer, said, "we made a decision recently because we were focusing on how we can deliver the best possible experience to the players. If we had launched with online co-op, we wouldn't feel comfortable that it was the best possible experience for the player."

Now, we like the fact that the new generation of consoles enables players to download extra game content after it's released. Where would Rock Band be without that functionality? And we do appreciate that the developers didn't half-ass the online component just to get it out on time. However, when developers can't meet their own deadlines and expect gamers to buy an unfinished product, with the promise that they'll finish making the game later, something isn't right. And asking customers to pay full price for a game that isn't even done is freaking ridiculous. Perhaps the fairest solution would be to make the game available for half price now and bump it to full price later on, when the finished piece is delivered, with early adopters paying the difference for the patch. But maybe that solution is a bit too consumer-friendly to survive.

Of course, the biggest question is why NOT delay the game. These things happen all the time. Well, there’s a solution to that, and it has a dollar sign in front of it. Guardian of Light was set to be the big finale for Microsoft's Summer of Arcade promotion. Can’t mess up the marketing plans, now can we?

Thus, on the same day that Crystal Dynamics releases the Xbox 360 patch, the full game will also be available for the PS3 and PC. So much for the 360 version getting timed exclusivity...

Source: Joystiq 

Aug 6, 2010

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light hands-on
An initial reaction to the game’s co-op mode

 


Lara Croft - NUDE!
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Finally, Lara Croft short shorts for your 360 avatar
Lara Croft and the Gaurdian of Light avatar items and premium theme incoming

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  • HereComesTheHypeTrainCHOOCHOO - August 8, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    You just have to love where this industry is going where marketers and PR stooges run the show and the developers who actually do ALL of the hard work are treated as indentured servants who are at the beck and call of every focus group's fickle results. *sigh* I miss the days of "It will be done when it is done" instead of hacking a game to pieces in order to meet an artifical deadline. Shareholders are killing the gaming industry one quarterly earnings report at a time.
  • Weirdjedi - August 8, 2010 1:56 p.m.

    This is really sad. The only reason I was going to buy the game was to play with my friend online. What is the point now? My brain churns the idea of "early release for xbla" and "co-op not going to be released until later". Just release it later?
  • Elemental - August 8, 2010 12:19 a.m.

    Well it wouldn't be the first Tomb Raider to be published before it's ready. I've given up on the series. I bought the last one for PS3 and was not happy with the choppy framerate, so I returned it.
  • DolphinDude31 - August 7, 2010 10:33 p.m.

    I actually think this is a good thing, and I'm surprised more people don't. The fact of the matter is, this way, people will at least get to play the game in some form 41 days earlier than they would have otherwise. Anybody who buys it before the patch can still get some enjoyment out of it, while people who won't can simply not buy it until the patch comes out. In other words, the people who need online co-op will still get to play the game they want at the same time, but everybody else will get to play it earlier than they would have otherwise. Seems like a no-lose situation to me...
  • Paynekiller87 - August 7, 2010 6:44 p.m.

    Ok, this whole "issue" has been blown WAY out of proportion. The quote at the end of the article has pissed me off way more than anything else I've read about this. You'll still be getting the game before PSN and PC, and LOCAL co-op will still be available so stop crying about it and either play it single-player or get some irl friends.
  • TFUPrivateIron - August 7, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    @Danomeon: Oh my God! The game is ruined for you for the next month? What ever will you do? Oh I know, maybe just don't download it until they release the co-op patch. Now bear with me, but I think that solution just might work.
  • marioman50 - August 7, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    Giant anglerfish for the win! btw, this is kind of stupid, but whatever, I'll just wait.
  • Danomeon - August 7, 2010 11:13 a.m.

    This is stupid. Cooperative mode was the only reason I was going to buy this, and I already had a line of friends that were going to play through the campaign in co-op with me. I won't be buying this game now, considering the prime reason I was going to buy it (to be able to enjoy a nice campaign with all of my friends in other states) is now completely ruined for the next month. As to the, "Stop your bitching!" people, no. We care more about online play than you do, fine. Don't assume that because you don't enjoy online play as much, or don't value it as the selling point of this product means that none of us do. For some of us, online play is the only reason we WOULD purchase this game.
  • Ovenman - August 7, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    Two points: 1: Reviewers will rip this game to shreds for being unfinished. 2: I ask you to take a look at Team Fortress 2 for the XBox 360. Whilst not on their platform of choice Valve have made it clear that they want to release the PC updates for this version but are not being allowed to release it for free by Microsoft. This has seemingly played a large part in making Valve adopt the PS3 as their console of choice for Portal 2 despite previously calling it a complete failure - rather like an 'enemy mine' situation. For those who are not aware these updates are quite large additions and changes to the game and yet nowhere near the scale of an entire online mode. I severely doubt Microsoft will allow whoever it may be that made this game to add this for free and I also doubt that it will be implimented as smoothly as the versions on other platforms. Poor show.
  • Petras - August 7, 2010 4:28 a.m.

    Seriously? Not to the developer, but to all ow you guys who are bitching. The only thing that will be missing will be the online component. Would you rather have the game a month early and be able to actually play it, then in a month have the online patched in free, or not be able to play it at all until the online patch comes out? Besides Co-op is ALWAYS better with the person in the same room. So stop yer bitching.
  • RebornKusabi - August 7, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    Well... guess I know what game I'm skipping until it's "skipped" -_-
  • TheWebSwinger - August 7, 2010 3:50 a.m.

    Well that's a slap to the crotch.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 7, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    What are the chances that they'll try to "sell" the online functionality? *cough* RE5 *cough*
  • grappler51 - August 7, 2010 2:56 a.m.

    thats fucking ridiculous. Just because you can patch a game after its release doesn't excuse releasing an unfinished game.
  • crazytar - August 7, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    crystal dynamics just shot that game in the dick recaptcha: I'm Danton. that's creepy
  • Cyberninja - August 7, 2010 1:31 a.m.

    thats just sad microsoft is going to kill someone.
  • MergedLoki - August 7, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    wow. I was looking forward to this game for the co-op (both on and offline) but this is kind of garbage. Maybe don't set such a definite release date for the game (aug, summer of arcade promotion etc.) if you can't FINISH IT by said date. I mean if this waited till the fall to come out 100% completed people would still buy it.
  • Cwf2008 - August 7, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    Wow...just...wow

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