Frankie Dettori Racing / Melbourne Cup Challenge

Discussion in 'Rugby Challenge Series' started by NZL Fan, Oct 21, 2005.

  1. NZL Fan

    NZL Fan Guest

    All about Sidhes soon to be released horse racing game.........

    Post all of your comments/ask all those questions you have here!

    (Please keep to topic, and post constructively)
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  3. NZL Fan

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    Mario - can you tell us what plans there are prior to the release of the game??
    (ie. footage, screenshots, in depth information).....

    Are we still on for a November release??
  4. TheDell

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  5. ak47

    ak47 Guest


    will this have Makybe Diva, and Desert War - Tomorrows top 2 finishers in the cox (hint, hint, kept on topic, and gave a hot tip boys [​IMG] )

  6. NZL Fan

    NZL Fan Guest

    For a game supposibly releasing in around a months time, and in a game genre that would require major promotion (Especially to educate English language countries who havn't tended to play "horse orientated" games) - we still have had very little information???

    Surely a longer lead up advertising campaign was what was required here??

  7. C A Iversen

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    I think your right on the money, NZL Fan. Promotion and release are really areas Sidhe have to work on with their titles. I know it sounds like bagging them, but it's a consistent problem that needs to be addressed. I was talking to a friend today who is a casual gamer, doesn't play too many games, but he is a huge fan of New Zealand and Australian horse racing. What could I tell him about this game? It's title, what its features will roughly be and what formats will get this release. What was his first question? What could it possibly be?

    WHEN can I buy this game? I told him it's hard to say at this stage, but I'm fairly sure it will be before the end of the year. Naturally not understanding anything about the development process, he was very surprised and dismayed that it wasn't going to be available in the week surrounding the Melbourne Cup. I think that reaction is only natural.

    I believe we need to be well informed on this forum, and able to give some better information to people who we can help buy the product.

    I tell him, he may tell three, they may tell two each and so on. From now on though, I'm not spreading the word untill theres better word to spread.
  8. NZL Fan

    NZL Fan Guest

    Your thoughts seem on the right track - though SIDHE doesn't do the promotion work or release stuff - thats up to HES etc..............they are the ones that need to get some information out about the game.
  9. esoj

    esoj Guest

    Mario made a post I think on the melbourne cup forums that the game will not be releasing in november. He also said that their should be lots of promotion coming for it soon. This is pure speculation by me but I think the reason for melbourn cup getting delayed beyond november is because that when rugby league 2 is coming out. I could be wrong but going by the promotion etc for rugby league 2 it seems like it will be releasing in november. hopefully more info etco n melbourne cup challegnes comes out soon
  10. Mario

    Mario Guest

    Potential delays in MCC have nothing to do with RL2. They are related to HES being able to secure some great new licenses to add to the game.
  11. esoj

    esoj Guest

    oh thanks mario. I was just taking a wild guess which I did say so in my post. thanks for clearing it up though. I am sure all the guys will be happy with more licenses
  12. C A Iversen

    C A Iversen Guest

    Sure will!

    Hopefully, this will add even more depth to the title. Just still think we're a little undercooked for info on the game in general.
  13. NZL Fan

    NZL Fan Guest

    Arn't licenses one of the "first" things they should have been trying to attain??

    (leaving things a bit late in the piece)
  14. esoj

    esoj Guest

    well maybe nzL fan but mario did say new licenses so maybe it's extra ones that they don't have. negotations on these things can take time so maybe they are dragging on a bit or are taking time to implement into the game. unless mario replies this is my best guess. I think the mcc promotion etc will ramp up when rl 2 is pretty much out of Sidhe's hands.
  15. NZL Fan

    NZL Fan Guest

    How long does the average game take to create?? - 18 months??........

    .....would have thought that was plenty of time for HES to attain the necessary licences...........
  16. ak47

    ak47 Guest

    I agree NZL, they should have already had all this in concrete before even slating a timeframe of release

    I guess these late liscenses justify a delay

    Liscense I can think of they would justify any delay

    Official USA tracks
    Official EURO tracks
    Official Aussie tracks
    Official NZ tracks
    Official stables, like Freedman, Hayes, Hawkes, Cummings and Goldophin...with this would be classic horses from these stables - Octagonal etc
    AJC - Official Jockeys, and others from offshore

    Now I wouldnt have said any kind of release or even made the game public, untill all these were acquired - or atleast, if unable to get these, have an editor, and have the tracks, jockeys and stables and change the name of the ones required like PES5

    I guess its a major liscense that would really make or break this game - especially if its an exclusive liscense that no other game of this genre has had
  17. esoj

    esoj Guest

    i see your guys points that it should have been done earlier but thats not to be. it hard to say why though without knowing how negotations are going or how many licenses they are getting
  18. ak47

    ak47 Guest

    thats right Esoj

    Time to step up mario and spill the beans on our presumptions...avoid the rumour mill scenario, by feeding us FACTS

    its only natural for humans to imaginate, when not given raw facts
    its only natural for humans to tell humans their imaginative ways
    then its only natural for a rumour to occur
  19. Mario

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    You are mistaken if you think I will compromise our legally binding NDA for the sake of avoiding a rumour mill.

    I'm doing what I can to get new info and media released. "Discussions" are being held on the matter.
  20. ak47

    ak47 Guest

    whats so confidential and secret about it

    i do not understand once a game is announced, the nooks and crannies inside, need to be withheld for x period of time

    sure your in a legal binding agreement to keep quiet

    but why?

    is it critical that competition are kept in the dark, so they dont copy ideas?
  21. C A Iversen

    C A Iversen Guest

    I'm kinda with you on your sentiments AK, but I believe the real reason that nothing is coming out about this game is that they are soooo far behind the eight ball with it, that they are trying to avoid the RL2 scenario where they have released damn near all the info and hype, and have no actual release date to speak of even two months after they should have.

    SJRL was an average game at best, and even Sanzar merely says it was a good to very good game, and he's a league nut. No offense, Sanzar.
    My point is, I'm beginning to think that both RL2 and MCC are not going to be all their cracked up to be, and will fill the 7 out of 10 rating area from most reviewers. No surprise then, that the high reviews so far for RL2, have been from reviewers given an exclusive trial. There's no demo out there for us to judge it on.

    Instant Sidhe Release Date - Just add three months.

    This is a consistent pattern, thats the only reason, I'm saying what I'm saying.

    I know esoj will be on my case over this, but he sounds like one of their PR men anyway.
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