“We decided to reexamine and rework a number of the core assumptions we’d held about the game…”
Tacoma, the new game from the developers of the cult hit indie title Gone Home, will now no longer be launching this year- the game has been delayed to 2017.
“We’ve had to push out our original schedule,” the developers said. “We’d originally planned mid-to-late 2016, so we’re giving ourselves an additional 6+ months, to land in Spring 2017. We’re currently polishing up a sample of our newly-minted alterations to the core game into something showable that we’ll be showing the world this coming summer.”
“After we did our big unveiling last summer we sent out a playtest build to a bunch of fellow developers we trust, took a long hard look at their feedback and our own feelings on where we were at, and decided to reexamine and rework a number of the core assumptions we’d held about the game. How would gravity really work on a deep-space facility like Tacoma? What are we trying to say about the function and implications of Augmented Reality– and how does the player interact meaningfully with the story content in the game, in a fundamentally different way than anything we’ve worked on before?
“We dove in and took this job seriously, redefining a number of elements that really needed it. It’s been an important process (and we’ve recently sent out another playtest, the response to which has made our months of deep-structure soul-searching feel very worth it) but it’s also taken time… time that would’ve otherwise been devoted to getting the game further on toward being finished and shipped.”
Tacoma is now set to launch in 2017 on PCs running Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as Xbox One. It is a game that follows the story of Amy and her first day on the eponymous Tacoma, the lunar transfer station.