The excuse that they don't really need first party games anymore to keep their momentum is absurd to me. To me, if all they have of significance for the second half of 2014 is Driveclub, they failed miserably and just gave MS the opportunity they needed to find their footing.
February seems like a terrible month to release a game like The Order, December would make much more sense.
While I have high hope for this game I really don't mind a February release, if true.
Between September and November there will be plenty of releases to the point that I have to be pretty cautious in managing my small budget. Releasing this game on a less busy time is fine by me, not to mention that this gives them time to improve the game.
I'm not surprized. Clearly Ready at Dawn has really been pushing the envelope with tech in The Order, and this is their first large original production on a home console. *Insert Miyamoto development quote*