EA delays Battlefield Heroes, Tiberium

Riccitiello continues quality drive.

EA has pushed back the release of Battlefield Heroes and Command & Conquer FPS Tiberium.

Battlefield Heroes, the ad-supported cartoon spin-off of the multiplayer series, will now arrive at the end of the year rather than this summer.

"We decided to increase its focus on some of the social networking features. The last thing we want to do is jab it in the marketplace," John Riccitiello told investors in an earnings call.

The steely-headed EA boss was optimistic that everything was progressing as expected, but explained the extra time was needed to incorporate suggestions made by the current flock of beta testers.

In the same call it was revealed that Tiberium will now not appear until sometime after April 2009.

Tiberium is a bit like GRAW, granting you command of ground troops, vehicles, air squads and ion cannon strikes to achieve your goal - fending off an alien invasion.

This is the second attempt from EA to deliver a first-person shooter in the Command & Conquer world, after C&C: Renegade flopped spectacularly back in 2002.

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