I have some good news and some bad news out of the NASCAR 2011: The Game camp.
First, the good news. The cover art on the game has been revealed, and it’s not disappointing. The cover features a nearly full field of cars racing through a turn at Bristol Motor Speedway, with Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin battling side-by-side at the front. As you can see in the picture attached to the link, it looks pretty sweet.
Now the bad news. NASCAR 2011: The Game’s release has been postponed until March 29, more than a full month later than originally planned.
But while there is no word on why the release has been postponed, it can only be assumed that perhaps the developers caught something wrong with the game, and want to assure that they get it fixed and that the game is perfect when it is released.
Personally, having waited over 2 years for a new NASCAR game, I’d rather wait an extra month and make sure I’m buying a perfect game, than get the game early and have there be flaws. So I applaud everybody at Eutechnyx and Activision for making sure they get it right, no matter what.
Even though we’ll have to wait an extra month to get behind our plug-in steering wheels, it will be totally worth the wait.
Update: Statement from Eutechnyx’s Gregg Baker:
“The main reason[for the delayed release] is we simply wanted more time to polish it[the game] and hopefully make it the experience you guys are craving. It’s never easy to delay a game as it can cause a lot of disappointment, but we genuinely feel that by doing this you guys will be even happier with the end product.
Believe me we’re all just as desperate to have this game in your hands now and get online and race against you guys. But sometimes more time is needed to get that fantastic end product we want to ship”.