Looks like we have another horror game to look forward to next year. Earlier today, Dead Island developer Techland announced their decision to delay their open-world horror game Dying Light to February 2015. According to a post on the game’s website, they’ll be using the extra development time to fine tune the freerunning system, among other things.
I was and still am looking forward to getting my hands on Dying Light. Deciding to delay a game is never an easy choice for a developer and it’s ridiculously expensive for a publisher, but in the words of Shigeru Miyamoto, “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”
Here’s the full post:
We know you’ve been waiting on a Dying Light release date for quite some time now. After careful consideration, we have decided to release our upcoming game in February 2015. Since this means Dying Light will launch a few months later than originally planned, we feel obliged to explain the reasons that influenced this important decision.
When we started the development of Dying Light, we were committed to innovation. We wanted to give you a freedom of movement unprecedented in open world games. After many improvements and months of hard work, we have now come so close to realizing our initial vision we feel we cannot stop before it is ready.
We believe the Natural Movement element of our game will change what you expect from the genre, and we don’t want to sacrifice any of its potential by releasing too early. This quality-focused thinking underlines all our development choices and we hope you share our belief that the gameplay must always come first.
The new date ensures that we can fully realize our vision of an innovative open world game. We won’t need to make compromises or trade-offs on any of the five platforms we’re working on. For you, it means an outstanding, original game that makes the wait more than worthwhile.
Finally, we would like to thank our publishing partner, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which fully supports our decision. It’s a real pleasure to work in an environment where quality is universally accepted as the top priority. We believe that this is the only way to make truly incredible games.
We also have an additional announcement for you: starting next month at E3 2014, we’ll be telling you much more about all the exciting features and different aspects of Dying Light. Stay tuned!
— Dying Light Team
I’d say that’s a solid reason to delay a game. Check out its latest trailer below.