The hotly-anticipated horror survival game, Sons of the Forest, has been delayed - sort of. The devs are holding to the February 23 launch date, but now the game's coming out in early access.
"There is still so much more we want to add; items, new mechanics, gameplay balance and more," the devs at Endnight say in a new Steam blog (opens in new tab). "We didn’t want to delay again so have instead decided to involve the community in the continued development of this project and keep our February 23rd release date but instead release in Early Access."
Sons of the Forest has been delayed multiple times since its announcement back in 2019. Alternate realities would've had us playing it in May 2022 and October 2022. The devs announced the delay to the current February 23 date as "one last" push back, and it seems they're keeping to that launch promise even while asking fans to lower their expectations for the final release.
The original game spent nearly four years in early access, and the devs attribute the game's success "mostly to the awesome community and the suggestions, feedback, and bug reports the players shared with us." Here's hoping Sons of the Forest's stay in early access produces similarly worthwhile results.
Endnight previously announced that the game would launch at a price of $29.99 USD, though it's unclear whether that'll remain the price in light of the early access switch. Sons of the Forest is currently only set to come to PC, though the devs have noted that they'd "love to come to console in the future."
Find out a whole lot more about Sons of the Forest in our preview.