For the past few years, PC gamers have usually thought of the month of May as being on the slow side when it comes to new game releases. Indeed in 2010 there were only a few major retail PC game releases during that month; the racing games Split/Second
(both of which turned out to be sales disappointments) and the MMO expansion Age of Conan Rise of the Godslayer
That isn't the case for May 2011. Indeed there's a boat load of major AAA PC game title that are currently scheduled for release that month. They include the long awaited first person shooter Duke Nukem Forever
(May 3) the fantasy RPG The Witcher 2
(May 17) the action-RPG Dungeon Siege 3
(May 31), the sci-fi shooter Brink
(May 17) the racing sim Dirt 3
(May 24) and other titles like Red Faction Armageddon
, F.E.A.R. 3
, and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean
, all of which are currently scheduled for release sometime in May but don't yet have a specific release day that month (by the way the release dates in this article are ones that are confirmed by the publishers, not necessarily the dates shown on retail web sites which can be inaccurate). Even more PC games could be announced as being released in May in the coming weeks.
What's even more interesting is that for April there are only one or two major PC games that are currently scheduled to be released (Portal 2
on April 18 for example) and June is also looking pretty empty with Hunted The Demon's Forge
the only PC game officially scheduled for release that month (and that game is due out on June 1).
So it begs the question: What is it about the month of May that is causing publishers to pile on with lots of new PC game releases while other months like April or June are at the moment looking relatively empty of new game titles?