Kerbal Space Program 2 won't be ready until fall 2021. In a note shared on Twitter this afternoon, the developers explained their decision to delay the tense, intricate, goofball-starring sim game.
"We are making a big, expansive game loaded with new features, but doing so will take longer than we previously anticipated," the team said. "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. 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."
Expect to see "feature videos, developer blogs, and other content" leading up to the 2021 launch.
Delays can be tough on developers and fans, but I could use this extra time to brush up my aerospace skills. I've forgotten most of the fundamentals over the past several years, and I am afraid. That's to say nothing of the new activities like resource gathering, colony building, and interstellar travel. Dedicated fans might see these as exciting opportunities, but right now, I'm only picturing my slow demise.
When it comes to sequels, expectations are naturally going to be elevated, so it's important that KSP2 feels like a worthy successor. This isn't one to rush, especially not amid a pandemic.