Sad news for all you Spelunky fans out there. According to Derek Yu of Mossmouth, the game’s sequel, Spelunky 2, might not come out in 2019, after all. The game is simply too dense and detailed, and the devs need more time to perfect everything. So, just a few months more patience, everyone.
The original Spelunky is a delightful indie platformer. It came out way back in 2013, and since then, the game has consistently done well. It’s got roguelike elements, wacky characters, various modes; it’s great fun. So, many were very pleasantly surprised when Derek Yu and the studio Mossmouth announced that they’re working on a sequel, Spelunky 2. The announcement came in 2017, and they said that the game would come out some time in 2019. That’s a long wait, sure, but hey, it’s happening! Well, turns out, not quite. It is still happening, just not when they expected.
To quote directly from Derek Yu’s Twitter: “Hey, Spelunky fans! Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re going to get to release Spelunky 2 this year. Development is still going well and we’re not far off target, but the density and detail of the game is demanding more time. Thank you for your patience.” In a later tweet, he added: “As soon as we have a release date for Spelunky 2, we’ll make sure everyone knows! We can’t wait to show you more, although of course the best way is for you to experience it for yourself at launch.”
So, there you have it. If I’m reading this right, the earliest we’re going to see Spelunky 2 is going to be some time in 2020. A bummer, but hey, it’s for all the right reasons. I’ll take a game delayed and done well over a rushed-out one any day. I hope the developers take all the time they need in order to produce a worthwhile experience.