So I saw the story on gamespot that gearbox is done with borderlands 2 and they sent it to cert. So this brings up the question of how long it takes a AAA game like this to go through certification? and how early do games usually finish before they come out? Borderlands comes out sept 18, which is nearly 2 months away. So is there anyway the game comes out early? There is a real lack of games between now and than (sleeping dogs, darksiders, guild wars). Now I know there is no way this is going to happen but I have very little play till than and was just hoping.
early release ??
...I know there is no way this is going to happen...
Getting certified and release date are only tied to the deadline in which the dev has to work on the game that's being shipped to consumers. Release dates are usually finalized months in advance to avoid competition with other games and to also alert other studios as to when they should release their game.
At the end of the day it's the publishers who have the final word on when a game is to be released. They had their reasons for dating the release in September and I don't see them changing their minds. Just be happy the game will (hopefully) release on time and not get pushed to next year like every other fucking game that isn't Call of Duty.
It does seem a little early, but not by too much. There wouldn't be much point bringing the release date forward by a week or two because you finished slightly early when you already have a marketing campaign focused on that date. Games are always finished well before the release date. That's why Day 1 DLC is a thing - there is more than enough time between the game being complete and it's release to produce more content.
@Sparky_Buzzsaw: I'm going to be going Axton for my first character. Mostly just because I want to play what worked in the last game to see how it has changed. May switch to Zer0 partway through. I'll definitely get all the "try this class and get an achievement" achievements, and then I'll probably go from there.
@AhmadMetallic Where's the thread/steam group for this game? Do I have to start it? Should I just do a general MP duders thread?
We're not getting it early because they've already spent so much time marketing the date and publishers work with them to expect release dates. Technically they CAN release it early, but because the way the business works it will be released on schedule, 2 months from now. Write to your local congressman...
Games are finished before they release, ideally. Passing each individual systems cert system takes time, as does printing the discs and shipping those out to stores. It's not uncommon for a developer to announce when a game has gone 'gold' or is RTM (released to manufacturer) which all mean the game is done cert and onto pressing the discs, usually weeks away from release.
So in short, yes borderlands is releasing early. In fact it's already released, what the fuck are you doing reading this go and get your copy now! ;)
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