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Inflexion Games has revealed that Nightingale’s early access release has been delayed until 2023.
In a post to Twitter, the studio revealed that the decision was made in order to let “the team make key improvements, bolster content and polish gameplay.”
The game will also be upgraded to Unreal Engine 5 as part of the delay.
Nightingale - Official Gameplay Trailer
“We’ve made the difficult decision to delay Nightingale’s Early Access release to the first half of 2023,” the team said in a statement posted to Twitter. “We’ll have more news on specific timing at a later stage.”
“The move is based on two considerations: The first is an upgrade to Unreal Engine 5. After reviewing the potential UE5 has to offer, we decided on upgrading now rather than waiting until after release.
“Secondly, Inflexion Games is committed to delivering the best possible experience and fulfilling the promise of what Nightendal’s universe of realms has to offer players. To achieve that the additional time will allow the team to make key improvements, bolster content and polish gameplay.”
Nightingale is described as a “shared-world survival crafting game set within a rich Victorian gaslamp fantasy setting”.
The game has players visiting mystical portals to explore a series of dangerous realms in search of Nightingale, the “last haven of humanity”.
A trailer shown off at Summer Game Fest introduced Realm Cards, which allow players to determine the specific attributes of each new world they conjure.
“Players are able to craft Realm Cards from resources gathered across the realms, imbuing them with unique attributes – including environment type, weather patterns, resources, challenges, and much more,” the developer explained.
“Card attributes are used in conjunction with Nightingale’s sophisticated procedural generation system, allowing players to create a realm based on the conditions set out, increasing the depth and variety of exploration, discovery, and adventure.”