Covid-19 has struck again forcing not one, but two games to be delayed. The first is Chivalry 2 which was scheduled for this year but has moved to an unspecified date in 2021. Here’s an update from the developers.
Greetings everyone – we have an update to share regarding Chivalry 2’s development.
Chivalry 2 will now be launching in 2021 with simultaneous releases on PC (Epic Games Store), Xbox One, Xbox One Series X, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
We believe this updated timeline is necessary to allow Chivalry 2 to be the greatest game it can be, and one that realizes our vision of a “true sequel” to the original Chivalry: Medieval Warfare.
As we settle in to working together in new ways in a COVID-19 world, our development timelines are shifting to utilize this additional time to better meet our core goals for Chivalry 2, as well as allowing us to incorporate several quality of life improvements and also include what was originally post-launch content, in the release.
This means more maps and game features will be playable at launch than we had originally scoped. Horses however will be coming to Chivalry 2 after launch. They need a bit more time in the training stables.
In the meantime, the Chivalry 2 development team is hard at work on the latest Closed Alpha build, which is still under a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) for all testers. The most recent Alpha stage was Round 6 — and we are scheduled to continue the Alpha for more rounds before the first public Beta begins. This means we can continue to gather critical feedback on the game, send out more invites, and have more time to iterate based on direct community input.
This delay does mean that the previously-planned Summer beta will now begin at a later date. This date will be announced at this very location in the future. While we can’t share specific dates or details for the upcoming beta programs and a final launch date just yet, stay tuned. More information will be coming soon.
In the meantime, we invite everyone to join the Discord – now at over 13,000 members – and sign up for the Alpha if you want to help fine-tune Chivalry 2 before upcoming public beta phases and launch.
Rebellion have also delayed Evil Genius 2 from this year to the first half to 2021, here is their statement.
Dear Evil Genius Community,
We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well.
Over the last five months or so, Rebellion has been working hard from the safety of our homes. As of now we’re only just beginning to welcome a handful of our staff back into our studios.
It’s been a challenging time. We tried to ensure there wouldn’t be a disturbance to our capacity and plans, but in such unexpected circumstances we’ve had to make some changes.
Today we’re announcing that Evil Genius 2: World Domination will launch in the first half of 2021.
We had originally planned for Evil Genius 2 to launch this year. However, the impact of COVID-19, transitioning from the studio to our homes and adapting to new ways of working all contributed to this difficult decision.
We want to deliver a sequel that will do justice to the franchise and be loved and played by the Evil Genius community for years to come, just like the original. And while we know many of you will be disappointed to wait a little longer, launching next year affords us the time to do precisely that.
One of the things we most prize about Rebellion is our independence, which allows us the freedom to do what’s right for our games and our staff. That’s what we’re doing for Evil Genius 2. We hope you understand our decision.
We’ll announce a final release date as soon as we can. Expect an update sooner rather than later.
Here on the Development Blog, normal service will resume in two weeks’ time. We’re going to be to showing you much, much more of Evil Genius 2 over the coming months, as well as sharing some information on the upcoming closed beta. We can’t wait to see what you think.
Thank you as ever for your support and your trust.
Chris and Jason Kingsley, Rebellion Co-Founders