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BioShock 2 delayed to ‘first half’ of 2010

Take-Two has announced that BioShock 2 has been delayed until fiscal 2010. The game, which was originally scheduled for an early November release, is being delayed to “provide additional development time for the title.”  Take-Two has clarified it previous statement  and said at it’s press conference that BioShock 2 is now planned for release in the “first half” of 2010.

Perhaps the late addition of yet another developer to the heavily anticipated BioShock 2 should have acted as an early indicator of the delay. Take-Two’s Chairman Strauss Zelnick publicly apologized about the setback in a press release: “We recognize that our revised outlook for the balance of fiscal year 2009, due to both internal and external factors, is a disappointment. That said, we concluded that moving the release of BioShock 2 into fiscal year 2010 was the right decision for the product.”

Take-Two’s investors are likely to respond to this news unpositively, considering the company’s has practically no presences this holiday season. With most Take-Two’s biggest anticipated titles such as Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and now BioShock 2, all appearing in fiscal 2010, the company will have little to rely on to bolster its current year results. Zelnick reiterated that “we remain confident in the long term potential for Take-Two’s business, and our ability to capitalize on that potential through our exceptional creative talent and solid balance sheet.”

[Via Joystiq]