In yesterday’s earnings conference call Electronic Arts revealed that Spore will be delayed until the next fiscal year. While Electronic Arts doesn’t have a set release date for Spore John Riccitiello, CEO of Electronic Arts, shines some light on the situation.
“Spore right now is a title we have enormous confidence in. I had a chance to review the title three times in my short return to EA and it looks fantastic. I will also tell you it’s on the bubble in Q4 if not sometime in early fiscal ’09 so we don’t feel comfortable on forecasting it. Our focus is quality over speed and we need to make sure we build a franchise that feels more like the Sims than a franchise we ship once.”
Since Electronic Arts’ fiscal year ends in March the earliest we can expect to see Spore is after March 2008. If it does come out in “early fiscal ‘09” Spore may be released in summer or fall 2008.