Spore ship date revealed, delay announced in 5, 4, 3, 2…

The day we’d all been waiting for, then grew bored of waiting for, then got excited about again is nearly here.  After years of hype and delay after delay Spore has finally been given a release date. Retailers will have copies of Spore available for PC, Mac, DS, and mobile phones come September 7th. 

The infamous Will Wright is quoted as saying, “We’re in our final stages of testing and polish with Spore, and the team at Maxis can’t wait to see the cosmos of content created by the community later this year.” A song and dance we’ve seen before, though never in concert with an actual release date.

Bemoan the long wait all you like, I’m nearly certain that those having given up on Spore, the heretics if you will, will soon be rejoining the fold, frothing at the mouth along with the rest of us for the next 6 months.  Sadly, the hype built up around Spore may be it’s undoing, as nothing short of this game unboxing and installing itself, then proceeding to fulfill your most disgusting, deviant fantasies could possibly live up to the expectations that have been built up around it.

Hit the jump for the full release. 

[Via LevelUp and fragster]

EA AND MAXIS TO SHIP SPORE IN SEPTEMBER

Redwood City, CA – February 12, 2008 – Get ready for the next Big Bang this fall! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) and Maxis today announced that Spore™, the highly anticipated game from the creators of The Sims™, will be available at retailers worldwide the weekend of September 7. Spore will be available for the PC, Macintosh, Nintendo DS™, and mobile phones.

“The wait is almost over,” said Maxis Chief Designer Will Wright. “We’re in our final stages of testing and polish with Spore, and the team at Maxis can’t wait to see the cosmos of content created by the community later this year.”

Spore gives players their own personal universe in a box. Create and evolve life, establish tribes, build civilizations, sculpt entire worlds and explore a universe created by other gamers. Spore gives players a wealth of creative tools to customize nearly every aspect of their universe: creatures, vehicles, buildings, and even UFOs. Players can then seamlessly share their creations with the world or explore infinite new galaxies created by other gamers.

Consumers can visit www.spore.com to sign up for the Spore newsletter or check out all-new screenshots and video of the game. Members of the media can visit EA’s press site at www.info.ea.com for information about all of EA’s games.

Qais Fulton