New World Interactive has made the decision to delay its upcoming tactical first-person shooter Insurgency: Sandstorm.
The game was originally given a September 18th release date on PC, but has been pushed back to December 12th, 2018. The currently ongoing preorder beta will remain live until the game’s new release date.
“This was one of the hardest decisions our team has ever had to make and not one taken lightly,” the developer wrote. “However, we feel it is in the best interest of the game and our community to spend more time working to ensure we deliver the best possible experience.
“Despite the game’s improvement, we are acutely aware that not all of you are having the ideal experience we want to deliver. By extending the beta and moving our launch date to December, the additional time will allow us to make significant improvements to the game with continued input from you.”
The additional development time will be used to upgrade the game engine to Unreal Engine 4.20, improve models and animations, improve overall visuals, add more cosmetic item variation, and more.
“We understand that these improvements mean you have to wait a little longer for the full release; however we feel it is important that we deliver a game that lives up to your high expectations and that Sandstorm can be deemed a true successor to Insurgency,” New World Interactive added. “Those of you who have been supporting us during the Pre-order Beta tests will be able to continue playing until the release of the game, and we look forward to more of your feedback.”
Insurgency: Sandstorm will now release for PC on December 12th, 2018, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One releases to follow in 2019.