Celeste has been delayed to 2018, developer Matt Thorson announces. The mountain-climbing platforming game, made by the developer behind TowerFall Ascension, was initially scheduled to release on PC and consoles (including the Nintendo Switch) sometime in 2017.
Celeste also made it onto our list of games with female protagonists that we are looking forward to this year.
Celeste Promises ‘Ambitious’ Ideas and an ‘Essential’ Narrative
In a post on Medium, creator Matt Thorson reveals that Celeste will be released in January 2018 on PC, Mac, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Although Thorson was aiming to have the game out in the Switch launch window of April 2017, which was a good business opportunity for the team, this opportunity “can’t take priority over the quality and completeness of the game itself.”
One reason for the delay is that the scope of the game has changed. Initially, Thorson and co-creator Noel Berry. thought that Celeste would include 200-300 levels and a “minimalistic narrative” but the game’s story is now “an essential feature of the experience” that Thorson is “personally proud” of.
Celeste now has over 500 levels with the team expecting to hit 600 levels soon. Moreover, every chapter of the game offers “big ambitious ideas.” As a result “it’s obvious now that releasing this game sooner than January would be a huge mistake. It deserves room to breathe and become everything it can be, and fortunately we can afford to give it that space.”
Celeste initially began as a small, browser-based project (which you can play for free here) which has grown into a fully-fledged title. Fans have been excited to get their hands on the bigger version of the game and so this delay will surely be disappointing.
However, Thorson ensures fans that the decision to push the game’s release date back will be worth it. The developer feels “great” about where the game is right now but the “amazing, hard-working, and talented team” has a lot more work to do. The team is also “constantly pushing ourselves to improve,” so fingers crossed that will be reflected when the full release of Celeste arrives in January.
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