Kerbal Space Program 2 Delayed to Fall 2021 Due to "Unique Challenges" From COVID-19

Kerbal Space Program 2 Delayed to Fall 2021 Due to "Unique Challenges" From COVID-19

The new studio behind the sequel says it'll keep fans updated on its progress.

Ahead of today's Take-Two Interactive earnings call, subsidiary publisher Private Division announced that one of its hotly anticipated titles for the year is being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to developer Squad's beloved space flight simulator, is delayed from a 2020 release to fall of next year.

"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 KSP 2 as great as it can be," reads a message attributed to the Kerbal Space Program 2 dev team. "We understand this isn't the news you were hoping to see, but ultimately we need to make the best decision for the development of Kerbal Space Program 2."

The disruption from a transition to work-from-home practices during the pandemic hit Kerbal Space Program 2's development not long after another considerable change. In late February, Private Division announced that it had brought production of the sequel over to a newly-formed studio. Several members of the team at developer Star Theory who had been working on Kerbal Space Program 2 have transitioned to this new team.

At PAX East 2020, USgamer caught up with Creative Director Nate Simpson (formerly of Star Theory) and Michael Cook, executive producer for the franchise. Cook said that Private Division had determined that the best way to deliver Kerbal Space Program 2 "was to have an in-house development studio to make sure everybody was on the same page about getting out that product that we want to deliver to people." Simpson characterized the move as having gone "unexpectedly smooth" to that point.

Kerbal Space Program 2 is just one of a growing list of games that are being delayed due to the pandemic—still more titles that do not have previously announced release dates or windows may experience serious production delays. Recently, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said that he expects many games currently targeting a release in 2021 will likely be hit harder than those due out later this year, citing the difficulty of completing things like motion capture and audio recording during the pandemic.

Kerbal Space Simulator 2 is planned for release on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

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