I cannot see this game going gold in August. We haven't tested tactical battles and magic, really. I think it's crazy, I'd go with 2011.
Yep, I find the release date weird as well, but we shall see. Brad is very optimistic with regard to the release date, and he knows more than we do.
He (Frogboy) did talk about the "Release Windows" available to them a while back. It's either the window we have coming up, or it won't be until first quarter Next Year. Plus the obligations with Random House for the Book, plus manufacturing the actual Disks for the games, the boxes, manuals, my Pewter Dragon (which I expect to be life sized J/K ) . All that = a Lot of money to push back.
Honestly, if it were ANY OTHER COMPANY BUT STARDOCK, I would think they would throw out a half finished P.O.S. game and then just patch it up via whatever digital download service they have going, But, I think we All Know that Stardock would NEVER do that. Would Matrix Games? Yeap. Would Activision/Blizzard? Yeap. Would EA? You damn well know they would! Would Stardock? LoL, No Way in Hell!!! The Only reason Stardock has done so well in the PC gaming market is Because of their reputation for putting out "Quality Games". They aren't about to throw all that down the drain with a buggy early release just to save a few bucks or make a few bucks early. They don't have to do that anyway since they make the bulk of their income from selling Applications, not games (at least they used to make more from Apps, they might make more from their games now).
Besides, Brad's got enough Jet Fuel for now. He doesn't have to make any more big trips until he's out promoting what-ever their next project is
Normally guys (Onomastikon & Tormy) , I'd be right there with you voicing my concern that the time-frame is too early, But, this is Stardock we're talking about here. I've never, Ever, seen them rush a game out the door before they thought it was "Ready".