Another day, another delayed Xbox title it seems. Vampyr, the vampire-lore inspired RPG based in post-World War I London was supposed to hit consoles sometime later this year, but according to an interview with gaming studio Dontnod’s CEO Oskar Gullibert, fans will have to wait until 2018 to give the game a spin.
“Delaying the release of a project you hold dear is always a tough decision. However, we believe that meeting a deadline should never compromise quality. We were still convinced just a few weeks ago that we would be able to release Vampyr this year. Unfortunately, a technical issue—now solved—has set our teams’ schedule back at the end of the development.”
Dontnod may be feeling a bit of pressure as it is also the same studio to brought gamers cult-classic Life is Strange and its latest release is already being compared to the likes of Witcher 3 during its debut at E3 2017. However, Gullibert and company seem well aware of the stakes and are taking the extra time to polish up the experience of Vampyr.
“This delay allows us enough time for all the polishing and balancing phase, much needed for a game of Vampyr’s scope, with its ambitious, semi-open world, its complex narrative and deep RPG mechanics that give players a real impact on the world.”
While it seems like an industry trend to prematurely announce release dates for studios these days, there should be plenty of games in the Xbox library to keep fans of Dontnod or Vampyr content until 2018.