Spelunky 2, the follow-up of the original rogue-like platformer from 2008, will not be releasing any time soon. Originally announced at Paris Games Week in 2017, Developer Derek Yu recently came out with the news on Twitter, claiming the upcoming release needed a bit more work.
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. pic.twitter.com/BJvsHUWAY0
— Derek Yu (@mossmouth) August 14, 2019
Yu and his team have always been fairly great about responding to player feedback, especially evidenced by his follow up comments:
While I still love the overall style, we’ve been adding more detail, as well as increasing the contrast to make existing details pop (some were pretty subtle and compression wasn’t friendly to them).
He has even expressed some remorse for not being as active with his responses as of late.
Also, apologies for the lack of updates! It can be tough balancing communication and dev time (and not spoiling too much). When things are quiet, we’re just working away. There will be more updates coming, but for now we’re focusing on development.
Despite the bad news, players can rest assured that their wait will not be in vain. Yu has made his enthusiasm for the new changes very clear.
As soon as we have a release date for [Spelunky 2], we’ll make sure everyone knows!
Yu added later on.
We can’t wait to show you more, although of course the best way is for you to experience it for yourself at launch.
A 2020 release date has yet to be confirmed. So far, the game is set to be released for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam.