Celeste Creators’ Next Game Delayed: ‘This Game Ain’t Coming Out in 2024’

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Developer Maddy Thorson acknowledged in a blog post Thursday that it’s time to “face the music,” announcing the release date for Earthblade, the next game from the team behind acclaimed platformer Celeste. It was announced that it would not be until 2024.

inside her Detailed updates, Thorson acknowledged some hurdles the project faced and acknowledged that he apologized to the team while dealing with challenges in his personal life. She also revealed that her studio, Extremely OK Games, has hired veteran indie developer Kyle Pulver, who is, among other things, the “World Champion of Towerfall.”

“Kyle approached us right away with a big idea, which could be scary for everyone involved, but it was clear he was not here to derail the project. He has worked with us to identify our vision and the issues that are preventing the game from realizing that vision.”Furthermore, his fresh eyes have helped us all It made me look at things anew,” Thorson wrote.

First announced in 2021, Earthblade is a “2D exploration action” game with a pixel art style and a soundtrack by Celeste composer Lena Raine. It was then revealed in a trailer for the 2022 Game Awards, but not much has been shown since. It was originally scheduled to be released in 2024 before the announced postponement.

Thorson, a transgender woman, wrote that her transition “came with a lot of change, uncertainty, and doubt, and it’s easy to see how that affected Earthblade.”

Despite the setbacks, we all believe in this project and more importantly in each other.

“I was disappointed in this and had recently apologized to the team, but [developer Pedro Medeiros] He said something that helped me change my way of thinking. He said that this uncertainty is always part of the process and that it doesn’t just come from me, that we all had to fight uncertainty together to create Earthblade. told me. Even if you could go back and do everything “perfectly” from the beginning, the result would be a different game. Despite the setbacks, we all still believe in this project and, more importantly, each other,” Thorson wrote.

Thorson did not reveal a new release date, but said he felt it was “the beginning of a new era.” Of course, it will also be released on PC. For more information, check out Celeste’s retrospective published last year, which includes interviews with Thorson, Lane, and more.

Kat Bailey is IGN’s news director and co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Any tips? DM her at @the_katbot.

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