When Lunar Software announced back in October 2016 that their survival horror game, Routine, would finally release in March of 2017 we breathed a sigh of relief knowing that the game would see the light of day and not be consigned to development limbo forever.
However, since then there has been essentially radio silence from the team at Lunar Software. Even when we entered the month of March our question of an actual release date fell on deaf ears, putting the game’s March release in doubt.
Sadly, Lunar Software confirmed that the survival horror title will no longer be releasing in March, as the team needs more time to ensure one of the game’s potential endings is as strong as possible. The full blog post can be found here.
Routine has always had two ways to progress through the game, each with their own unique endings, but we never quite knew how they would feel until the game content & experience was really polished up and playable as one solid, consistent, experience.
We made the call at the end of January that our second path was just not as strong as the other. If you follow us on twitter you may have noticed over these last two months that we’ve been very inactive, and the reason has been that we’ve just crunched like crazy to try and hit that March Release date. It’s looking like we just can’t do that, there are still a few things that require our attention. You have waited almost 5 years for Routine, and we want to make sure that what we give you in the end is nothing short of the best we can give you. We’re genuinely sorry to announce this small delay, but we feel like the last thing we want to do is disappoint all of the people that given us their love, support and kindness, by releasing something that didn’t feel complete.
We only get to release Routine once, and we want to make sure we do it right. We don’t expect the delay to add more than a month or two and when we next update, we promise to finally give you a clear release date with a game that we are proud of.
– Lunar Software
While this newest delay bums us out, we understand and appreciate the developer’s not wanting to jeopardise the game’s quality. We look forward to getting our hands on Routine, whenever that may be.
If you don’t know what Routine is, check out the trailer below. Ignore the March release date, obviously.