Below, an Xbox One and PC rogue-like adventure game, had been planned for a summer release but developer Capybara Games has made the sad decision to delay the game; it still needs further development. Delays are not that uncommon in the world of videogames, but what may worry and agitate some people is that Capybara hasn’t said how much longer they plan to delay it for.
“We told you BELOW would be out this summer. Our team worked hard to make that deadline a reality. But after a strong push, we’ve decided it isn’t ready.”
States the indie studio in a blog on their official website.
“We did a lot of soul searching. We knew we wanted to get it into your hands as soon as possible. We knew the game was there, and we’re super proud of it, but we also knew it needed more time to make sure it lives up to our studio’s standards, and the quality that you expect from our games. From the very beginning, BELOW has been our most ambitious undertaking, and we’re just not quite done excavating its depths, or polishing all of its facets.”
The blog further adds:
“Making games is hard but rewarding work. Accepting, even after this long development, that the game needs more time is difficult, but it’s important that we are honest with ourselves as creators, and with you, the players.
We’re sorry we let you down with yet another delay. But in the end, we need to make certain that the hard work we’ve put into this game turns into something you’ll love, and to us that unfortunately means keeping BELOW in the oven a while longer, until it truly is ready.”
The team has decided that, rather than promise another release date and risk not being able to meet it, they will go completely dark until they are 100% ready to give the game a new launch date.
“Instead of giving you a new, loose release window, we will be going dark while we take the time that we need to complete BELOW without compromise. The next time you see a major BELOW update, that means our game has a firm release date, which we’ll share.”
Below will play from a top-down perspective and sees players explore a mysterious world whilst keeping their character alive. It has been described as punishingly difficult, containing “brutal but fair combat” and permanent death. It will coming to PC, and Xbox One when Capybara Games are happy with the game.