Nightingale, the gaslamp fantasy game led by ex-Bioware boss Aaryn Flynn, will now see its early access launch arrive in autumn.
As reported by Eurogamer, in a recent Nightingale developer update video, developer Inflexion Games confirmed that the survival game would no longer be launching in early access some time in the first half of 2023, but instead would be coming out in autumn, putting it in the second half of the year. “The reason for the release shift is simple: the playtest process is working,” said Flynn in the developer update video, which you can check out below.
“The feedback we’ve been receiving from players has been invaluable and the extra time will allow us to continue the progress we’ve been making, while not jeopardising the health of our team. There are a number of things we want to do with this extra time, from quality of life improvements like crafting bench animations, to tuning and progression and pacing, to continuing to work to make the realms feel as mystical and amazing as they can be.”
While the game’s early access release has been delayed, it does mean that Inflexion has been able to move up to Unreal Engine 5.2. There are still playtests on the way, with the next one coming next week.
Nightingale was first revealed at The Game Awards in 2021, being described as “a shared-world survival crafting game set within a rich Victorian gaslamp fantasy setting.” It has the usual things you can expect from the genre like crafting, building literal buildings, and big “expansive realms” you can explore in either co-operative play or solo. Flynn shared last year that he wants players to have more “agency” over what they do in survival games, and hopes to do so with the game’s systems.
You’ll be able to play Nightingale on PC via Steam or Epic Games when it launches in early access later this year, but no word on a console release.
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The early access release of the Bluepoint Games developed and Sony Interactive Entertainment-published Nightingale is delayed to the autumn.
Nightingale is a fantasy-based, narrative-driven video game that follows the story of Hilde, a determined young woman from a small town who embarks on an epic journey to save her kingdom. The game combines adventure and exploration, as players search ruins and uncover lost secrets while receiving support from a vibrant and diverse cast of companions.
The title was originally slated to launch in the spring, but due to the change in work conditions and other reasons, the team has made the decision to delay its release to autumn.
Sony also has an exciting lineup of upcoming first-party releases for PS4 and PS5 consoles. With the delay of Nightingale’s early access, players will be able to enjoy the likes of Horizon Forbidden West and Returnal over the coming months. PlayStation Studios also recently announced Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, which is slated to arrive this summer.
The announcement has been met with disappointment from eager players who were keenly awaiting the new title. However, the team at Bluepoint Games is confident that Nightingale will be worth the wait – and the extra time gives the development team a chance to ensure the game’s quality.
In the meantime, fans can get a sneak peek at Nightingale through concept art and videos posted to the studio’s social media channels. The team has also been answering fan questions through its official Discord channel. With each update, Bluepoint gives players a closer look at the game’s narrative and worldbuilding.
The wait for Nightingale may be a few months longer, but come autumn, players will be sure to get their hands on an immersive and captivating experience on their Sony platform of choice.