Until Dawn developer Supermassive Games had two PlayStation VR-exclusive games set to release by the end of the year, but now both titles have been delayed to 2018. As announced by the studio earlier today, Until Dawn prequel The Inpatient has been delayed from its original release date of November 17th to January 23rd, and its other VR game, Bravo Team, has been pushed from December 5th to March 6th.
What's surprising about The Inpatient's delay is that the game was set to launch in less than a week. Serving as PlayStation VR's biggest exclusive release for the holiday season, its delay may even cut into sales of Sony's virtual reality headset. Its sudden delay may also send the message to fans of the Until Dawn franchise that there may be some technical issues or other problems plaguing The Inpatient's development, especially since Supermassive Games has yet to offer a reason for the delay.
Of course, there could be a number of other reasons why Supermassive Games decided to delay the release of The Inpatient. Maybe it felt this holiday season was too crowded, and it was worried The Inpatient would get lost in the shuffle. After all, Supermassive itself just released a new PS4-exclusive thriller called Hidden Agenda, and maybe it thought it would be better to spread out its game releases. Alternatively, perhaps its vision for the game has expanded, and requires extra development time.
Until Supermassive Games itself decides to offer an explanation as to why it decided to delay The Inpatient to 2018, a mere five days before the game was scheduled to launch, all fans can do is speculate. Hopefully more concrete answers come sooner rather than later so Until Dawn fans have a better idea of what to expect from their trip back in time to 1950s Blackwood Sanatorium.
The Inpatient will launch on January 23rd, 2018, exclusively for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR.