Ubisoft has delayed the upcoming city-building RTS The Settlers "until further notice". A blog post on the studio's website says the game needs more time and work before it's ready to be released to the public. It was originally due to be released sometime this year.
Why has The Settlers delay happened?
In the blog post, the team behind The Settlers says that while it's "on the right path to deliver a great game", it wants to create something exceptional. Playtesting and developer diary studies showed that the game was not up to the standards the team wanted it to be, hence the The Settlers delay. Ubisoft says it wants "to take the time necessary to make [The Settlers] right".
According to the dev team, it will use the extra time afforded to it by the delay to make The Settlers "the best Settlers game possible". The team says it's received "an overwhelming amount" of comments and feedback from fans of the series. Development on The Settlers will be taking into account fan feedback received over the last few months, although Ubisoft doesn't say exactly how it's planning to change the game based on that feedback.
When can we expect The Settlers Release Date?
Unfortunately, the blog post doesn't offer anything in the way of reassurance for Settlers fans on this point. The development team says it "cannot provide a new release date yet", but that it will keep fans updated via its official Settlers Alliance website and various other channels. We'll bring you more information on The Settlers as soon as we get it, but for now, it looks like the game is going to go pretty quiet.
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