Kerbal space program games are all about carefully building a rocket and sending it into space. Sometimes it collapses; sometimes it takes longer than usual to get things done. That’s figuratively what’s happening at developer Intercept Games, which has announced that Kerbal Space Program 2 has been delayed.
The announcement came via a new video titled Kerbal 2 Space Program Sync Update. In it, creative director Nate Simpson explains the reason for the delay. “We are creating a game of immense technological complexity,” he begins. “The game must perform well on a wide range of machines. The graphics must be second to none. The universe should be rich and interesting to explore. Thank you so much for believing in us, and we look forward to flying with you soon.”
Getting the game to look good and smooth on all platforms certainly looks like a challenge – it’s planned for PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One. “Kerbal Space Program 2 will be released on PC in early 2023,” says Simpson, “and on consoles thereafter. It’s a loose launch window all around, but at a minimum, it means fans have to wait until next year.
This isn’t the first time Kerbal Space Program 2 has been delayed. It was announced at Gamescom 2019 with a very nice cinematic trailer, but that’s all we’ve seen of the game since. It was originally slated for a 2020 release, which of course didn’t happen. Here we are two years later, and it’s now pushed back to 2023.
At least there are alternatives while we wait. The original Kerbal Space Program game arrived on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S last fall, so it’s still a pretty fresh experience. Intercept Games has also partnered with manufacturer Drop to create Kerbal Space Program Key Capsfeaturing the cute little green astronauts in their costumes.