Can a game be delayed if it never technically had a release date? In the case of Hollow Knight: Silksong, it looks like the answer, unfortunately, is yes. Team Cherry has announced that the long-awaited Metroidvania followup won't make its originally-intended release window of the first half of 2023.
Speaking via Twitter, Team Cherry marketing wizard Matthew Griffin says that the studio had originally planned to release Silksong in the first half of 2023, as was teased by this infamous Xbox tweet from June last year. However, Griffin says that development on Silksong is "still continuing", which means the team isn't quite done with the game yet.
According to Griffin, Team Cherry remains "excited" by how Hollow Knight: Silksong is shaping up. He says the project has "gotten quite big", and so Team Cherry wants to ensure the game is as good as it can be. More details will be forthcoming as Silksong nears release, although we still don't have any idea when that might be yet.
It's fair to say that there are a lot of folks around the world waiting with bated breath for Hollow Knight: Silksong. First fully revealed back in 2019, Silksong has become notorious among the gaming community. Just take a look at the live chat for any Nintendo Indie World presentation or Xbox indie showcase and you'll see a veritable landslide of "Silksong when?" messages.
Well, now we've got a slightly better idea of when we...won't be playing Silksong. Back to square one, it seems. With this, it's probably best not to expect to hear anything from Team Cherry or Silksong over the next month or two, so keep your expectations in check when the big presentations start rolling around in June. Of course, as soon as we hear anything else about Hollow Knight: Silksong, you'll be the first to know.