Icarus, the cooperative science fiction survival game by Dean Hall and RocketWerkz, has been delayed since the August 11 release date. Icarus will now release in November.
"We have been closely monitoring the state of our development constructions and have decided that we want to give Icar more love by delaying the game," reads the ad on the game's Steam page.
Sad to have to delay @SurviveIcarus, but not sad to have decided to delay it. Great lesson from DayZ: The actual state of development sets the timeline. The game needs a little more cooking time to be the most awesome https://t.co/FdxZHaZhQBJuly 30, 2021
DayZ CEO and creator RocketWerkz Dean Hall tweeted, "DayZ's great lesson: the actual state of development sets the timeline. The game needs a little more time to bake to be the most impressive ".
Icarus has had its changes in its development since it was first announced at the PC Gaming Show in 2020. Originally planned as a free game, we learned in June that it had changed to a payment model priced at $ 30 for the first chapter. Additional chapters are planned as paid DLC.
For those who pre-ordered and wanted to play, there is some good news. A series of "beta weekends" will begin in August and run through November. Beta programming sets out a plan to test different specific environments in a series of two-day tests.
Here are the beta weekend dates and what each beta will contain:
August 28-29: Forest
- Torrential storms are off
- Forest biome only
September 11-12: Storms
- Torrential storms are already enabled
- Forest biome only
From the 25th to the 26th of September: Arctic
- The Arctic biome has been unlocked
- Arctic animals and blizzards
October 9-10: Desert
- Unlocked the desert biome
- Desert animals and blizzards
October 23-24: Factions
- Faction missions have been unlocked
November 23-24: Community
- Special community event
Another good news: you can play the beta freely without the hours having a refund, if you decide to request one. "Anyone who pre-orders Icarus before its release will have access to the beta and pre-orders can be refunded at any time, regardless of how long you have played the beta."
I've played the first versions of Icarus twice, mostly in the forest biome, but also with an excursion to the icy arctic areas. The alien planet is a great place to spend time and is full of excitement (and terrifying) animal encounters and devastating weather events. The look based on the Icarus session feels new, with missions on the planet pressuring players to return to their ships before time runs out, although I was a little disappointed to discover that the craft system is a fairly traditional XP-based issue. You can read my first impressions of Icarus here.