Celeste creators’ next game Earthblade won’t be out this year, but studio assure development is “not stagnant” | Gaming

It’s been close to three years since Celeste and TowerFall developers Extremely OK Games revealed their next project, the similarly gorgeous-looking and sumptuous-sounding 2D exploration platformer Earthblade. While the studio didn’t give any indication of a release date at the time, we now know not to expect Earthblade until 2025 at the earliest.

The news came from lead creator and director Maddy Thorson in a recent blog update, which expressed that “we had hoped to be announcing a firm release date around now, but it just isn’t in the cards”.

“We need to face the music: this game ain’t coming out in 2024,” Thorson confirmed. “We know that this will be disappointing for a lot of you and we’re sorry for that.”

Thorson made clear that, despite the delay, development on Earthblade is “not stagnant”, writing: “We are still making progress and we’re still excited to work on it.”

To help the studio with “identifying our vision” and clearing out some of the “problems preventing the game from living up to it”, indie developer – and TowerFall world champion – Kyle Pulver has joined the team as an additional game designer on the project.

Image credit: Extremely OK Games Ltd.

Thorson explained that Pulver’s carefully-considered hiring came through a realisation that she had “become the bottleneck” on Earthblade’s development, struggling to manage the project’s workload and direction – something exacerbated by personal challenges, including her gender transition and related major…

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