KO_OP announced Goodbye Volcano High is delayed again further into 2023.
The narrative-adventure game will forgo its previously planned February release for one later in 2023, on August 29th. When the game does release it’ll be available for Windows PC (via Steam), PS4, and PS5.
This is actually the third delay for the game, previously the entire story was rewritten after a controversial writer was dropped and then it got delayed again over COVID-19.
Here’s the full message from KO_OP:
The reality is that, with our current workload, we could not have met our June launch date without significant cuts to the quality and scope of the game. This would mean delivering something much different than what we’ve envisioned and worked toward. We don’t want to release anything less than the best version of the game we have been making throughout our development cycle.
Plus, we’re a studio that prides itself on avoiding crunch. Meeting our original launch date would require our team to work nights, weekends and early mornings to ship and risk burning people out.
This delay also moves our launch date out of a very busy June release calendar, opening us up to more incredible opportunities, and gives the game a greater chance of success.
I know this isn’t the easiest thing to hear—it is a difficult thing for us to do. GVH is a really special project for us and everyone on our team has done incredible work on this game. We need a bit more time to make sure all that work really shines! We’ve been so honoured to hear such a positive response to our demo. Soon, we’ll be premiering another public demo and we hope you’ll all have the chance to check it out.
Thank you so much for your understanding – we can’t wait for you to play what we’ve been working on.