The long-awaited H.R. Giger-inspired horror title Scorn has suffered yet another delay, this time being pushed into 2022.
The game was originally announced all the way back in 2014 but has suffered a number of delays that pushed it out of the planned release date of 2018. In an update on Scorn’s Kickstarter page, game director Ljubomir Peklar gave a bit of insight on the delay.
“Creating an interesting and engaging game requires time and resources. Period. Money is what allows us to create something of quality. Enthusiasm alone can only take you so far. We are obliged to periodically give them updates on the progress, but the builds that we are sending them are the builds we are making anyways. These builds don’t have to be polished as industry people understand unfinished builds (games in development). For the general public things need to be polished,” said Peklar.
Unfortunately, the Kickstarter update has come across as strangely hostile to a lot of fans, with Lubomir saying at the end “And for the end, a bit of friendly advice: If lack of communication is so bothersome just ask for a refund and be done with it. It’s just a game. You can play it when it’s out if you are still interested.” Looking at the comments of the update shows a lot of fans taking issue with the overall tone of the piece, and noting how it ruins their trust in the project.
Updates on Scorn’s development have been few and far between since its announcement. Last year developer Ebb Software shared a 13-minute gameplay trailer, giving the best look at the game yet. The update mentions the term “development hell” and how that doesn’t apply to Scorn. Peklar says “In our case, a lot of mistakes were made and will make more in the future, but it’s a normal process for a new, inexperienced team. Everything that was done up until the middle of 2018 has been reworked, 90% of it completely scrapped. It’s about making it what we want it to be, not releasing it just because we gave some arbitrary release date.”
Scorn is currently in development Xbox Series X|S and PC.