The video game delay beast has claimed another victim in 2021. solar tear From hyperlight operationr developer Heart Machine has unfortunately been delayed from its prior release date of late October.

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Heart Machine released a statement via Twitter that it is delaying its upcoming title, solar tear. It’s not too much of a delay, as it will still come out before the end of the year, but will be delayed by another game nonetheless. The developer said they “need more time to polish and address bug fixes.” The team also cites the pandemic as being responsible for further delays. Fans expressed dismay but also understood the impact of the pandemic on the game’s development. Heart Machine is a PlayStation indie studio, in the same level as Ember Lab, the studio behind fellow PlayStation exclusive Kena: Bridge of Spirits.

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The PlayStation Platform exclusive will now release on December 2, 2021, and is described as a “3D third-person action platformer.” The preview showcases a unique art style and lively atmosphere. The main character, Rei, must save his home from being eaten by a supermassive black hole, using his speed and traversal abilities to scale the giant monsters that stand in his way.

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The game looks like it will simultaneously reward movement abilities to make the most of Rei’s powers. Heart Machine creative and design director Alx Preston has set the record for challenging speedrunners to break the game. Such an edgy adventure may have influenced the team to delay the game to ensure that speedrunners were using legitimate game mechanics rather than technical oversight to complete a world record run.

In a year full of game delays, solar tear Pushing back is not a blow. Honestly, there hasn’t been a lot of hype lately for the game due out this month. The gaming community has been generally accepting of delays as the year has gone by, with an understanding of the challenges that a development studio faces in continuing to work from home or in limited office capacity due to the ongoing pandemic. Some favor can be given to a team that has less than 50 people working on the game.

This delay is likely to hurt the most, hurting the chances of nominations for The Game Awards and other accolades, given how late it will go. With the support of Annapurna Interactive, and coming off its last game hyper light drifterHowever, fans will be more likely to be thrilled for just one more game and be patient when the game is finally ready.

solar tear Will now release on December 2, 2021 for PS5, PS4 and PC via the Epic Games Store.

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