What is going on with dodgy sequel Kerbal Space Program 2? It’s just been delayed again.
Now only six months later, it’s become “fiscal 2023” – sometime between April 2022 to March 2023.
Consider the original projection and the latest date and there’s a two-year, possibly-three, discrepancy between them. It suggests a significant amount of extra work has had to be done, possibly even a rework. What gives?
Take-Two, owner of Kerbal Space Program 2 publisher Private Division, wouldn’t elaborate on the delay. All it said during an earnings call overnight was: “Private Division’s new development studio Intercept Games remains hard at work on Kerbal Space Program 2, which is now planned for release during fiscal 2023.” That was president Karl Slatoff speaking, transcript by Seeking Alpha.
Remember, Kerbal Space Program 2 isn’t developed by the same team that made Kerbal Space Program 1. That was a developer called Squad. But Squad sold the IP to Take-Two in 2017. Then, in 2019, Take-Two/Private Division announced a sequel, to be developed by Planetary Annihilation developer Star Theory. Keeping up so far?
Here’s where it goes a bit wonky. At the beginning of this year, Take-Two/Private Division announced it had opened a brand new studio to work on Kerbal Space Program 2, and then in May announced this was called Intercept Games.
What happened to Star Theory? Bloomberg reported it had been binned off in a rather underhand way. Take-Two/Private Division apparently cancelled the project at Star Theory while simultaneously poaching staff – via LinkedIn – to continue working on the game in-house at Intercept Games. The resulting cancelled contract would lead Star Theory to close.
What a carry on.
Meanwhile, however, Kerbal Space Program 1, a sandbox game about building your own rockets, and one we rated Essential in our review, continues to be updated. This summer it teamed up with the European Space Agency to deliver an ESA-themed bumper update to the game.
Kerbal Space Program 2 is in development for PC and unspecified consoles (which I presume means only the new ones given the dates we’re talking about now).