Laura Kate Dale was proven wrong.
Then Tom Phillips, someone has verified his ‘leaks’ in the past tried to damage control the situation.
Then Obe1Plays started ‘leaking’ rumors.
These were all incidents that I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while, because it really highlights the real problem with Nintendo leakers in general. These leakers all congregate together, calling each other ‘reliable’ and then get away with getting all their leaks wrong due to bouncing off each other.
I don’t think any other article shows this better than Tom Phillip’s recent ‘Laura Kate Dale wasn’t wrong, guys!’ piece.
The narrative that the fake Nintendo leakers have decided on is that NOE was the branch of Nintendo that wanted to delay the game. This is nonsense for reasons I will get into later.
But what about Europe? The situation here is less clear.
Last year, sources close to Nintendo told Eurogamer that Zelda was content complete but “still four-to-six months” from launch and would miss the Nintendo Switch’s March release. Since then, things have changed.
That source was Emily Rogers. Things haven’t changed… she was just plain wrong. Her story was that the localization was taking too much time. However, in that blog post, there was no mention of ‘Only in Europe, guys! Lol!”
Back then the story was that BOTW would not be a launch game ANYWHERE. They are moving the goal posts.
At this point, the game was still to go through a lengthy period of quality assurance testing and localisation – necessary due to the game’s vast size, scope and sandbox nature, plus the need for Nintendo of Europe to perform its customary translation into multiple languages.
Not nearly as time consuming as you might think. This game has been in development for a long time. The way these people present the story, it would seem like Nintendo didn’t start localizing the game until E3.
Also key was the desire within Nintendo for the game – first announced for Wii U back in 2013 – to launch in as perfect condition as possible. The lack of Zelda at the Switch’s launch could also be mitigated by Nintendo’s new 3D Mario, development of which was effectively complete and ready for a March arrival.
Again, this is the ‘official’ narrative set forth by the group to try and justify why they were completely wrong.
There is no proof of this. If leakers really had ‘inside sources’ they would have known something had changed before their claims were debunked.
Nintendo of Europe, which will be impacted most by this change, had previously pushed for as long a period of testing and localisation as could be allowed and had been working to the proposed schedule of a global launch after the Switch itself.
One source tells Eurogamer that Japan had always wanted the game to launch in March, and had been uncomfortable waiting until later. Another source says the decision to move ahead with March regardless of Europe was only finalised by committee at the end of last year.
Vociferous discussions within Nintendo on launch timings are not unprecedented. Last year, a similar conversation between Nintendo of Europe and Japan took place regarding the release of Wii U game Star Fox Zero, which the latter ultimately elected not to delay for further polishing.
This is false. This is the rumor that got Doctor Cupcakes, AKA Liam Robertson banned for NEOgaf because it was debunked in the most hilarious possible way. He said Nintendo would arrive at a decision on whether or not to delay the game on a certain day… only for Nintendo to announce in a Direct that the game was coming out as planned a day before.
This part of the article particularly interests me, because THERE IS NO PROOF other than Tamaki’s word that that ever happened. More than that on my final thoughts below.
It remains to be seen how the new March timing will affect Zelda in Europe. The best case scenario is, of course, that Nintendo moves whatever resources it has available onto the game to ensure it is ready in March in all European territories. Zelda’s positioning as a key launch title suggests this is likely.
Another option would be to patch other languages into the game’s European version at a later date, as happened last year with the North American version of Xenoblade Chronicles X. French and Spanish language options were added to that game in late January 2016, via an update released over a month after its initial December 2015 release.
The last, and surely the least welcome option for European fans? That we’ll simply be playing Zelda later than in other regions.
Zelda’s path to release has been fascinating to follow – and it continues to be. All eyes are now on Nintendo and its Switch reveal event on 13th January, when we’ll certainly hear more.
In short, the article offered nothing of substance besides vague statements that have only, ONLY, been corroborated by other notorious Nintendo leakers.
When Laura Kate Dale was in trouble, they all came running to his defense. Tamaki released some new leaks (That no one cared about, he lost ALL of his credibility last year) Tom Phillips wrote an article claiming that ‘THINGS HAVE CHANGED NOW” and Emily tried posting a tweet saying the ‘updates’ are more reliable than the last. Also that she was totally right about Mother 3 as well.
In short, these people ARE FRAUDS. This is well documented at this point and the evidence only keeps mounting. However, due to the weird way in which these people present their information and then use each other’s information to form this illusion of being this group of ‘reliable leakers’ it’s hard for most people to really see through it, unless you actually follow these people on twitter or something. Then it becomes obvious.
I find it amusing how Tom Phillips didn’t cite his sources by name, although they are ‘reliable leakers’ as well and has been in contact with Laura and Emily in the past. The name ‘Emily Rogers’ is quickly becoming toxic, despite 4chan’s attempts to censor any threads discussing her actions at length and the refusal of the corrupt gaming press at large to call her out for what she is: A fake.