Roguelike platformer Spelunky 2 looks set to miss its previously scheduled 2019 release date.
Developer Derek Yu revealed the news in a Twitter update, explaining that the team working on the game simply need more time to finish it.
“Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re going to get to release Spelunky 2 this year,” he said. “Development is still going well and we’re not far off target, but the density and detail of the game is demanding more time. Thank you for your patience.”
Developed by Mossmouth and BlitWorks, the game was announced in October 2017 as “coming first” to PS4 and Steam. “In Spelunky 2, the story deepens as more randomly-generated adventures beckon,” teased the reveal trailer.
The gameplay trailer posted above followed in August 2018, introducing treasure hunter Ana Spelunky and confirming plans to launch the title in 2019.
Yu also apologised this week for the lack of updates about the game, saying “it can be tough balancing communication and dev time”.
He added: “I took in the feedback about the environments from the trailer, and while I still love the overall style, we’ve been adding more detail, as well as increasing the contrast to make existing details pop (some were pretty subtle and compression wasn’t friendly to them)!
“As soon as we have a release date for #Spelunky2, we’ll make sure everyone knows! We can’t wait to show you more, although of course the best way is for you to experience it for yourself at launch. All the crazy stuff we’re adding makes me buzz with excitement.”