Bloober Team has cited the COVID-19 pandemic and “other games on the market” as reasons for the delay.
Polish game developer and publisher Bloober Team has announced that their upcoming psychological horror game The Medium has been delayed. The game has been pushed to next year and will now release in January 2021.
The Medium was originally supposed to release on December 10 on Xbox Series X and S as well as PC. In a statement on Twitter, Bloober Team cites issues involving the COVID-19 pandemic as well as “the current schedule of other games on the market” as reasons for the game’s delay. The latter likely refers to Cyberpunk 2077, which was recently delayed to December 10, The Medium’s original release date.
— The Medium Game (@TheMediumGame) November 6, 2020
“It wasn’t an easy choice to make, but one made due to the COVID-19 situation in Poland, as well as the current schedule of other games on the market,” explains the developers. “Bloober Team remains committed to delivering our biggest, most ambitious, fear-inducing experience to date. The additional development time will allow us to add further polish, ensuring we deliver our innovative, genre-pushing vision of interactive psychological horror.”
The new release date for The Medium is January 28, 2021. The game will still be headed to the Xbox Series consoles and PC. The Medium was initially going to be among the first games to launch for the Xbox Series X and S consoles. However, distancing the game from the launch window of Cyberpunk 2077 seems like a reasonable move. How much impact the delay will have on the release of the new Xbox consoles remains to be seen.