Don't think of it in terms of a manager problem or similar realistic reasoning, frame it in the terms of sliding scales. For instance, I have taken to using the "Duke Nukem Forever" (DFM) time scale. Half Life 2 is still only at roughly -0.1 DFMs so it's really to early to guess. Doom 3 is roughly +0.2 DFMs from launch. See? In this way you have made the whole picture a lot less negative!