The delay of shooter game Insurgency: Sandstorm was announced just a couple of days before its official release, a seemingly last-minute decision based on community feedback that wasn't all positive. Despite the delay, I can't help feel that some of the damage may have already been done. Here's why.
Insurgency has always been somewhat of an outlier in the over-saturated shooter market. Its focus on tactical gameplay over the generic, perhaps more simplistic, shooter gameplay mechanics meant that it alienated those who strongly preferred the latter.
However, that focus on tactical gameplay is what currently gives Insurgency: Sandstorm the upper hand over many popular shooter games. Counter-Strike, Call of Duty and Battlefield still dominate the market, but you won't find true innovation there, at least not in terms of mechanics.