Fans of Kerbal Space Program might've guessed that Kerbal Space Program 2 was going to get delayed due to the recent dust-up between Take-Two and Star Theory Games.
Kerbal Space Program 2 didn't have a set release date anyway, but it was expected to arrive in early 202 at the latest. This new timeline sets it back to Fall 2021.
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A message from Kerbal Space Program 2 devs
Heads up Kerbonauts, we've a message from mission control for you.#KSP2 pic.twitter.com/aa1aTEloXGMay 20, 2020
"As you all know, we've been working hard to make the best and most authentic KSP sequel possible. This is an ambitious goal. We are making a big, expansive game loaded with new features, but doing so will take longer than we previously anticipated," the Kerbal Space Program 2 dev team wrote in a statement on Twitter.
It continued, "With everything going on in the world today due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we're facing many unique challenges that require more time to safely iterate, create, test and make KSP2 as great as it can be."
For the uninitiated, Kerbal Space Program 2 is the sequel to a game where players build rockets to explore the far reaches of outer space. Kerbal Space Program 2 was originally being developed by Star Theory Games, but Take-Two canceled its contract with the development studio at the end of last year.
As of now, Star Theory Games is out of business and at least half of the developers who were previously working on Kerbal Space Program 2 were poached by Take-Two in order to develop the game at its newly developed studio called Intercept Games. This could also have something to do with the delay, although Take-Two didn't mention it in the post.
It's not all bad news. Last month, the new development team partnered with the European Space Agency for a new expansion to the original game (which is still very much active) called Shared Horizons. This expansion lets players recreate actual European space missions, like the Rosetta comet mission and the BepiColombo mission to Mercury. That expansion launches July 1 for free.
At least there's still new content to dive into while you're waiting for the highly anticipated sequel to Kerbal Space Program.