Upcoming and unconventional shooter High on Life was delayed partially so it wouldn't have to compete with God of War: Ragnarok or Call of Duty.
As revealed in an interview with GamesRadar+ during Gamescom 2022, High on Life was pushed from its October release date to December 13 to give space to other big titles releasing around the same time, such as God of War: Ragnarok and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
As High on Life chief creative officer and art director Mikey Spano explains, "October's crowded – it's really crowded." So, a delay was needed for the comedic FPS to stand out: "For us, the benefit is the conversation. So if we're missing out on the conversation, because everybody's talking about God of War or Call of Duty, that's a missed opportunity for us."
This isn't the only reason the game was pushed back by a couple of months, though. "As we were getting the game up to a certain point, we realized we would have Act One polished and it'd be great," the art director says, "and we might have Act Three really polished and great. And the middle would have also been great, but not quite as good as Act One and Act Three."
"And as we started to see how good Act One was, we were like, 'oh shit, wouldn't it be great if we could get everything out to this quality level?'" Spano continues, "[the delay] gave us a little bit of extra that we needed. And it got us out of the way of some of those bigger titles."