Developer Snapshot Games has announced that it is delaying the release of Phoenix Point until an unspecified date in December 2019.
Snapshot Games has delayed the release of the hotly anticipated turn-based strategy game from X-COM originator Julian Gollop for the best of reasons: to avoid subjecting its development team to a crunch period. In a blog post, it said: “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.”
Snapshot Games added that crowdfunding backers and Early Access purchasers of the game still have a pre-launch milestone to look forward to, however: “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.”
In 2017, a Fig crowdfunding drive raised over $750,000 to pay for the development of Phoenix Point, but the game has already suffered a number of delays, and attracted the customary controversy when Snapshot Games revealed it will be an Epic Games Store exclusive.
For more Phoenix Point news, keep an eye on the game’s website.