Microsoft and Sony will be spitting feathers over the news that Evolve, one of the biggest next-gen titles for 2014 and one of E3's major success stories, will now not be available until 2015.

Seen by many at the trade show in June as a fine example of the second wave of Xbox One and PS4 games, Evolve has slipped from its 21 October release date to 10 February 2015. Retailers will also be troubled by delay as many of them have been offering the game for pre-order on the promise that it will be shipping relatively soon.

Like with other games hampered by delays, such as GTA V and BioShock Infinite, both also Take Two titles, the publisher claims that it has given the developer - in this case Turtle Rock Studios - extra time to polish Evolve. "We are encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response from press and fans, and believe by extending development by a few months, it will allow the team enough time to fully realise their creative vision for Evolve," said company president Karl Slatoff.

"Historically, we've always benefited from giving the creative teams more time to polish the titles; we've never regretted it," added Take Two's CEO Strauss Zelnick.

Evolve is a multiplayer game where four teammates can join forces to defeat giant monsters over different maps and levels. The monsters can be played by an additional fifth player.

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