If you’re a fan of XCOM series you might already know that the creator of these games Julian Gollop is currently working on a new game called Phoenix Point. The game was announced a few years back and crowdfunded its development on Fig. Phoenix Point development looked smooth and the game was set to be released on September 3rd. However, the team has rescheduled the release to December.
While no specific date for the release was given, the developers have released a new blog post regarding the thought process and gave a few reasons behind the delay. Furthermore, Snapshot Games also revealed that it will be releasing a Backer Build 5 on the original launch date, September 3rd. The post reads:
“As you know, our small team has – from day one – tried our best to exceed your expectations with Phoenix Point. Our number-one goal throughout development has been to make a game that we will enjoy and remember for a long time to come.
While the development team is working hard, and Phoenix Point is shaping up really well, we now know we’re going to need more time to get it to meet our very high standards. As you probably know, Snapshot has a commitment to keep crunch to a minimum – and that is a commitment we take very seriously. Therefore, because we know we have more work than we have time, we will be delaying the release of the game from September 3, 2019, to December 2019.
We know this is not our first delay, and we are very sorry to the fans who we know are highly anticipating getting their hands on Phoenix Point. No one is more disappointed than we are, but we collectively agree that we would rather miss a launch date than ship something that does not meet our exacting standards. We want the Phoenix Point you play to be one of your favorite games of all time, and that means we need a bit more time.
We know this is a significant delay. The good news is that Backer Build 5 will be releasing on our original launch date, September 3, 2019, meaning backers and early-access buyers will be able to play a much more robust version of Phoenix Point very soon.
Please play Backer Build 5 and give us your feedback. If you’re willing, please opt in to our in-game analytics to help us tune and balance the game. Above all, talk to us.”
While 3 months of added wait-time might be a real pain, Phoenix Point promises to be a real treat for the fans of strategy. For a few years now, the game has been collecting “Most Anticipated Strategy” game titles. Add in the talent that brought us XCOM, and waiting will become easier. It’s better to get a well polished game than the one with plenty of bugs and mistakes, don’t you think?