Goodbye Volcano High, one of the most anticipated queer games that we’ve been on tenterhooks to play, has been delayed.
Worker-owned game studio KO_OP announced the delay on Twitter last night, with a tagline that we feel every game developer has felt in their bones: “kinda goes without saying but making games during a pandemic is hard?”
The full statement mentions that there are a number of reasons why Goodbye Volcano High got delayed. The major being largely due to global events, yes, but also because the narrative of the game was rebooted back in mid-2020. As the thread on KO_OP’s official website explains, the process of rebooting an entire narrative started as a “daunting and intimidating change in the middle of production”. However, it ended up being an experience in telling a story that the team ended up being “proud as hell about.”
As the team work through the original narrative and trim it here and there to make it the best game they can, a global pandemic raged on in the background. So, as the statement above clarifies, the past year has been a hard one. It’s a no-brainer that the physical and mental health of the people behind Goodbye Volcano High come first, and while some players are no doubt disappointed, a game without crunch is always a better game for it.
In the meantime, there are still 4 months left in the year and plenty of opportunities for KO_OP to show off more about the game – and perhaps the new narrative – before the game releases in 2022. And even if nothing is shown, we’ve still got a crater-load of speculation about what the game’s story will be, how Fang will shape up as a protagonist and whether this will be a new Life is Strange but with dinosaurs? So many questions, so little answers…
Goodbye Volcano High is set to release sometime in 2022.