European Playstation 3 owners hoping to get to play the new Counterstrike Global Operations today were disappointed to find that it wasn’t part of the usual update.
The reaction on the Playstation Blog was painful to read, with some threatening to move to Microsoft’s console after many of the cross platform titles have been subject to similar delays. Fred Dutton, who stepped up to the position of Blog Manager last month, had to take the brunt of the complaints while Jawad Ashraf, who normally takes on the weekly update post, had been delayed.
Once he returned, he posted an update on the blog apologising for the delay, but not providing a reason.
“Unfortunately Counter Strike has not been made available on the European PlayStation Store today and we apologise to those of you who were looking forward to playing it. We hope to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and will let you know if the situation changes.”
The usual cause for delays from SCEE is localisation, with the many languages required fpr a European release often making it more difficult for developers to comply with the same time scales as the US release. However, it has been pointed out that Microsoft manages this every time.
SCEE really do need to address these issues, either by providing more transparency in what has traditionally been a very closed off process, or finding a new way to manage European releases, before more customers look elsewhere.