Developer Amplitude Studios and partner Aspyr Media announced the delay today, which affects the announced editions for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Notably, the delay is an indefinite one, with not even an estimated window for release for the historical strategy game. For this reason, it seems that the offer of refunds seems to make the most sense for some.
According to the announcement:
“We know this will be frustrating for many of you, but we believe this delay is for the best, as we want to make sure to provide the best possible experience to console players. Unfortunately, we're not in a position to give a timeframe on a new release date right now, but we will update you all as soon as we can. In the meantime, anybody who has pre-purchased on digital storefronts will receive a refund where applicable in line with platform policy.”
This comes as Humankind is about to get a new update and a new expansion on PC on November 9th. The expansion, titled Together We Rule, features a new class of unit, agents, which you can use as diplomats or hidden agents that can carry out potential plans for you, a new resource called Leverage that will influence diplomacy, new embassies, cultures and more. The new cultures arriving in the expansion are Sumerians, Swiss, Bulgarians, Han, Scots, and Singaporeans.
There’s no additional word on the console versions, which were originally announced back in June during Summer Game Fest, with a Target launch date of November 4th. This delay comes less than a month before the original launch.
Aspyr Media was recently replaced as the development team behind the upcoming Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake, and at that time, it was said that the studio was looking for new opportunities.
For more on Humankind’s console delay, read the announcement here.