Kerbal Space Program 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the popular space sim, has faced yet another delay, this time being pushed back to early 2023 for PC, and sometime later in the year for console players. This is the fourth delay and it means the game will now release some three years after its ambitious initial 2020 release date.
This delay was spotted by Eurogamer, who saw an update from the Kerbal team on their forum page. Creative Director Nate Simpson announced: “We’ve made the difficult decision to move the release date for KSP 2, which will now launch in early 2023 on PC with our console launch later that year.”
The game was delayed due to the impact of Covid-19 and was pushed back to fall 2021. It was then pushed back to this year. Development of the original Kerbal Space Program has also officially ceased, meaning the developers can turn their attention to the sequel.
Simpson assures patient fans: “We’re creating a game of tremendous technological complexity and we’re taking this extra time to ensure we achieve the quality and level of polish it deserves. We remain focused on making sure KSP2 works well across a variety hardware, has amazing graphics and is rich in content.
This is just the latest in a long line of video game delays. In the last week alone, we’ve heard news of GTA Definitive Edition Mobile, Dying Light 2 story DLC, and Starfield and Redfall being pushed back to the first half of 2023.
These delays highlight a growing problem: modern game development is unsustainable. As graphics improve and hardware becomes more complicated, games require more time and resources to create. We may need to accept more double-A releases very soon, or video game marketing shouldn’t announce release dates that far in advance.
In any case, hopefully this is the last time Kerbal Space Program 2 is delayed. It’s being designed with new players in mind, and this additional development time should give the team behind it a chance to fulfill their vision.
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