The Splitgate launch was supposed to be tomorrow, but 1047 Games has changed its plans — instead, the launch will be delayed on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox while the open beta continues for the next few weeks at least.
Splitgate can best be described as a mashup between arena shooters and Portal. That sounds like a heck of a fun time, and that's probably why the beta got so popular that the developers had to temporarily take the beta offline. I suppose that's what happens when you suddenly have 65,000 concurrent players you weren't quite expecting. 1047 Games have since made the decision to push back the game's official launch a little bit, too.
"Free online portal shooter Splitgate will remain in open beta into next month as 1047 Games has delayed the game’s official launch in the wake of 2 million players downloading the game and flooding the Splitgate servers in the past 14 days," read a press release from the developer.
Why is the Splitgate launch being delayed, then? Well, it's simply a matter of scale — millions of new players (and tens of thousands of concurrent players) need infrastructure to support them and 1047 Games simply didn't have it in place. The developers need time to get all of that set up and properly tested. The rapid success of the game hasn't gone unnoticed, either — venture capital firm Human Capital has invested $10 million into 1047 Games to help it get the job done.
The server infrastructure upgrade will have the upside of overall smoother gameplay, but it looks like the playerbase won't be losing out on too much content — some of the planned additions for the game's official launch will nonetheless make its debut tomorrow.
"Tuesday’s pre-release beta version will feature the three new maps, and all-new customization options," 1047 Games explained. "It will also include many frequently requested features from its open beta, including mouse and keyboard support and an FOV slider on console, and customizable controller layouts."
When is the Splitgate Launch?
The Splitgate launch will be sometime in August 2021; 1047 Games has yet to specify an exact date. Considering the huge influx of new players, it looks like the developer wants to ensure there's enough time to get all of the kinks worked out.
That said, you can look forward to enjoyiing a new content drop tomorrow with some of the stuff that was expected for its proper launch. You can play Splitgate for free on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox via its official website.
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