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Goodbye Volcano High delayed to August

On Thursday, developer KO_OP announced that it is once again delaying its highly-anticipated visual novel project, Goodbye Volcano High — this time to August of 2023.

“Hey dinos. We have an important update for you regarding Goodbye Volcano High’s release date,” KO_OP wrote. “After assessing our production schedule for GVH, we’ve made the decision to move our launch to August 29, 2023.”

The team elaborated on the reasonings behind this decision, citing a heavy workload, refusal to crunch as a studio, and the already heavily booked June release schedule for games.

“The reality is that, with our current workload, we could not have met our June launch date without significant cuts to the quality and scope of the game. This would mean delivering something much different than what we’ve envisioned and worked toward. We don’t want to release anything less than the best version of the game we have been making throughout our development cycle.

Plus, we’re a studio that prides itself on avoiding crunch. Meeting our original launch date would require our team to work nights, weekends and early mornings to ship and risk burning people out.

This delay also moves our launch date out of a very busy June release calendar, opening us up to more incredible opportunities, and gives the game a greater chance of success.”

Goodbye Volcano High has faced a bevy of hurdles and issues during its development, resulting in multiple delays. The game was originally set to release in 2021, but was delayed to 2022 due to issues that arose surrounding the team rebooting the game’s narrative and the start of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. KO_OP has also been dealing with a huge amount of alt-right harassment since 2020, which has slowed development even more. The team announced that they planned to release Goodbye Volcano High on June 15, 2023 during a Sony State of Play presentation earlier this year, but those plans have now officially changed.

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