Talking Point: Are Games Announced Too Far In Advance?
Image: Crackdown 3, Microsoft

Today's 10-year anniversary of the teaser trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 got us thinking about about game announcements and how long we often have to wait between reveals and releases. CD Projekt Red's almost eight-year gap between teaser trailer and launch might be on the longer side, but generally speaking, we still feel like games are often revealed far too early.

You only have to look at Microsoft's current situation to see what we mean. Xbox has a huge slate of announced games in the pipeline right now, so much so that we don't really know what their release schedule actually looks like.

State of Decay 3, Fable, Everwild, Hellblade 2 and Perfect Dark were all announced at least two years ago at this point, and we're none the wiser on how they're shaping up in 2023! Thankfully, Xbox seems to have gotten a little better at this in recent years, but that now means we're in the midst of an announcement drought. At least we're not still waiting for Crackdown 3 to come out... seriously, that one dragged on for ages!

For us, a roughly-six-month window feels just about right to build up hype and deliver on a big reveal. Fallout 4's announcement window was handled almost perfectly by Bethesda back in 2015; revealed at E3, released in November. There was so much positivity surrounding that launch!

Generally speaking, we still feel like games are revealed a bit too early, especially given how much content there is to consume in the modern entertainment world. Sure there are always examples like Fallout 4, but we'd love for that example to start becoming the rule rather than the exception to it.

But, what do you think? Are games announced too early or do you like multiple years of hype? Vote in the poll and let us know!

Are Games Announced Too Early?