The Kerbal Space Program 2 development team put out a tweet on May 20 telling fans that the game has been delayed as a result of COVID-19 and will instead launch in fall 2021. The game was set to be released sometime in Take-Two Interactive’s 2021 fiscal year, placing it between April 2020 and March 2021.
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“As you all know, we’ve been working hard to make the best and most authentic KSP sequel possible,” the developer’s announcement reads. “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. 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.”
This delay comes just a few months after Take-Two Interactive-owned publisher Private Division announced that the development of Kerbal Space Program 2 had been moved from previous developer Star Theory Games to a newly-formed KSP2-dedicated studio. Take-Two acquired KSP in 2017 and announced a sequel, at the time developed by Star Theory, during Gamescom 2019.
The announcement goes on to say that despite the delay, fans can continue to expect updates in the form of feature videos, developer blogs, and more leading up to the game’s launch in Fall 2021. The game was originally announced to be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The announcement did not mention any change of plans in that regard.
KSP2 joins a continually-growing list of games delayed as a result of COVID-19. Guilty Gear Strive was delayed to 2021 just last week. Even tabletop games like Cyberpunk Red have been delayed. While games are getting delayed, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said Microsoft isn’t expecting a delay for the Xbox Series X. Sony said the PS5 will not be delayed either.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and game maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.