Capy's Below Delayed Until...The Future

Below, the next game from Capy (Sword & Sworcery, Super Time Force), was meant to be out this winter! Now it's not. Now it will be out... well, one day. Announcing the delay on their site, they say "We told you BELOW would be out this summer [winter in Australia]. Our team worked hard to make that deadline a reality. But after a strong push, we've decided it isn't ready."

"We did a lot of soul searching. We knew we wanted to get it into your hands as soon as possible. We knew the game was there, and we're super proud of it, but we also knew it needed more time to make sure it lives up to our studio's standards, and the quality that you expect from our games. From the very beginning, BELOW has been our most ambitious undertaking, and we're just not quite done excavating its depths, or polishing all of its facets."

"Instead of giving you a new, loose release window, we will be going dark while we take the time that we need to complete BELOW without compromise. The next time you see a major BELOW update, that means our game has a firm release date, which we'll share."

It's not often you see a game delayed like this. Normally, you get a new ballpark figure that takes the place of the last ballpark figure. This is disappointing, sure, but it's also nice and honest! And if the wait makes the game better, then everybody is a winner.


Comments

    Being such a rare characteristic in game development studios, honesty is powerful.

    Still looking forward to this game!

    I wonder if they saw the reaction to No Man's Sky and thought - we better put in ALL the features we've been planning (not that they'd advertised that much)

      This was exactly my thinking. They may feel like 'good enough' is suddenly not good enough for gamers so they're pushing back release till all the boxes can be ticked. Might even be financial thoughts behind it. If they're one of the studios that signed up for a metacritic based performance bonus, that negative community sentiment dragging that score down could cost them millions. Makes sense to cook it for longer.

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