Kerbal Space Program 2 has been in many players’ minds since its announcement in 2019. Its scope and scale attracted many fans who are patiently waiting for more news about the upcoming game release. However, Kerbal Space Program 2’s scope and scale is exactly the reason why it takes so long to make it… Yesterday, the game’s creative director Nate Simpson announced another game delay, saying that the game is now rescheduled for the fiscal year 2023, meaning that at the earliest Kerbal Space Program 2 will launch in April 2022. But don’t hold your breath…
The forum post by Nate Simpson reads as follows:
Gonna rip the band-aid off fast here: Kerbal Space Program 2 will release in 2022 instead of fall 2021. I know this is frustrating, especially considering that this isn’t the first time we’ve adjusted our schedule.
We knew we were taking on an immense technical and creative challenge when we started this project. We’ve heard time and again from this community that quality is paramount, and we feel the same way. It’s not enough to deliver a bunch of new features – those features have to be woven together into a stable, polished whole. We’re creating a reliable foundation on which players and modders alike can build for another decade or more. That involves solving problems that have never been solved before, and that takes time.
We’ve got a team of talented people working every challenge from every angle, and because I’m lucky enough to get a front row seat, I can see the huge leaps we’re making. It’s killing us how much of this we have to keep under our hats until the game is released. We can’t express how much we’re looking forward to soaking up all your reactions and discoveries on that day.
In the meantime, we’ll keep posting cool images here to give you a taste of what’s in store. We will also continue to release feature videos and developer diaries that go more in-depth on specific areas of the game, and hopefully those will help 2021 to go by a little faster. Stay tuned for a new dev diary coming soon, as well as a new Feature Video this winter.
Thanks as always for sharing our commitment to making KSP2 as great as we all know it has to be.
As Nate said, this is not the first time the game has been delayed. Previously, the game was scheduled for 2020 release, and later, Take-Two Interactive pushed it back to the 2021 fiscal year. Now, a year later, we’re hearing the same story. However, this time there are a lot more reasons for the delay – Kerbal Space Program 2 changed development studios back in February, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic reshuffled the team’s calendar, making them work from home.
While this by no means is ideal, it’s nice to know where the priorities with KSP2 lie – quality above all else. And that deserves our respect. We can wait, especially when we have the original game and its DLCs to play with. Let’s just hope we won’t be writing another similar post next year.