Spore Delay to Fall/Winter 2008 Likely, Says Analyst

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Janco analyst Mike Hickey has some bad news for those anticipating Will Wright's next ambitious title.

"We now expect [Spore in the second half of 2008], versus management guidance for March/April," said Hickey to Gamasutra. The prediction comes as an explanation of recent disappointing Electronic Arts share performance.

Publisher Electronic Arts had previously expressed a firm release period of spring 2008 for the game, which will allow players to create a lifeform and follow it from the single-cell level to an advanced stage of starship travel.

"We have the game fully playable at this point and it's in final testing," said developer Wright in October.

Potential news of a delay would be announced this Thursday during Electronic Arts' conference call.

From The Chatty

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    January 29, 2008 11:50 AM

    Wait. Why is what an analyst says about this news?

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      January 29, 2008 12:04 PM

      Janco is an investment banking firm. He's predicting the current par performance of EA to be because of potential delays of Spore and some other high-profile games.

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        January 29, 2008 2:04 PM

        And that's what this is, just a prediction. Should be taken with a grain of salt, not as the final word.

        Don't jump to conclusions!

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      January 29, 2008 12:59 PM

      I wish people would just ignore their predictions.

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        January 29, 2008 3:47 PM

        In my sad two years of console-hype experience, out of every analyst that has predicted this or that, and it was like 15 of them from a couple different firms, only 1 individual analyst was right about something, and it wasn't even significant.