“What does it mean to be a video game developer? It means lying”
to come Stanley’s Parable: Ultra Deluxe — a long-delayed remake of the cult 2013 indie title — is back on players’ radar, with a newly announced (but still wide) release window of “early 2022”.
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The new half-date was revealed in a tongue-in-cheek trailer released by developer Kroz Kroz. “What does it mean to be a video game developer?” Starting with the question, the trailer goes on to answer its own question with “what does it mean to lie”—before tearing into a series of delays affecting the project.
The game was originally announced for 2019, targeting PC and consoles. However, it was delayed to 2020, a year that presented its share of external problems for the game’s development, resulting in further delays to 2021. There are only 28 days left in 2021 at the time of writing, this is still not happening.
So why should players believe the claims of the latest release? Well, Crows Crows at least confirms that “after three years of development, Stanley’s Parable: Ultra Deluxe Now content-completed and preparing for release on PC and consoles.”
being “content-complete” is the key, and needed Mean Game – an expanded version of the original The Stanley Parable, and is probably best described as a choice-based narrative adventure with branching story paths and multiple endings – really comes through this time.
However, even after three years, the developers are still in the cage. Who Console is coming to the game. To be fair, a new console generation has launched during that time, which probably complicates matters. either way, the game’s official site Simply says “We haven’t finalized which consoles specifically, but we’re doing our best to bring the game to ~*your favourites*~. Whatever home video game console brings a smile to your heart.” We’re probably already in talks with them.”
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