The second half of Double Fine's adventure game Broken Age won't be out by the end of 2014. The studio revealed this weekend that they need more time to wrap up the project.
"The goal now is to get all the finale work done so we can hit Alpha on all of Act 2 by the end of the year," Double Fine said in an update on their forum. "That means, as you may have guessed based on recent updates and documentary episodes, the Act 2 ship that will deliver the complete adventure is now looking like it will be early next year. The game is looking really good and the team is working super fast, but we just gotta give the game the time it needs to really deliver on everything we’re hoping it will be."
Aside from the "big finale," all of Act 2's campaign is now playable. The development team is happy with the early feedback from playtesters.
"So far we’re seeing exactly what we were hoping! Playtimes of just Act 2 have ranged from 8-12 hours, the puzzles seem to be providing a good level of challenge, nothing is really standing out as needing to be heavily re-worked, and most importantly people are laughing a lot and seem really pleased with where the story goes."
While Double Fine didn't provide a new release date for Broken Age: Act 2, they say that they're now working on a new schedule for the remaining development. They feel that it's much easier to estimate a launch date now that the writing, design, and voiceover are being wrapped up.
Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure game that tells two very different stories at once. Vella is a young woman whose village plans to sacrifice her to a monster. Shay is a boy under the watchful care of an A.I. mother on a spaceship. Players guide both in their escape attempts by investigating the game world and solving puzzles. Double Fine lined up an experienced voice cast for the game including Elijah Wood, Pendleton Ward and Jennifer Hale.
This game was one of the early breakthrough successes on Kickstarter. Double Fine raised over $3 million through the crowd-funding site for the game, inspiring many other developers to pitch their projects there. Kickstarter campaigns have now become commonplace thanks in part to the huge support Double Fine received through the site.
However, about a year ago, Double Fine announced that they would need even more money to complete Broken Age as they envisioned it. They decided to split the game into two parts. Part 1 was released through Steam Early Access in January, with the money from sales there going toward development of the game's second chapter. Everyone who bought the game through Steam Early Access or backed it on Kickstarter will receive the second half for no additional charge.