Recently, Undertale creator Toby Fox released his latest project: the first chapter of ‘Deltarune’. However, it seems like the new game may struggle to see completion.
In a recent Twitlonger post, Fox discussed the development behind the free demo. One of the main challenges was that the short demo actually took years to complete, owing to the game’s higher production value:
“However, making the demo of DELTARUNE…took a few years.
Lots of things make this game harder to make than the last time.
- The graphics are much more complicated and don’t play to my strengths (black and white battle graphics were easy…)
- The battle system is much more complicated due to multiple characters.
- The overworld and other sections are more complicated due to multiple characters.
- Having multiple main characters is much harder to write especially introducing everyone properly in chapter 1.
- The entire town had to be created correctly on the first try to set up properly for the rest of the game.”
Evidently, Fox recognized that he will not be able to finish the game on his own, as he mostly did with Undertale. The only solution, he says, is to get a team to help out with development:
Essentially it’s not possible to make this game as one person (and Temmie).
However, it MIGHT be possible to create the game if I’m able to make a team.
So I’m going to try making a team. Because I really want to make this. But I may not be able to succeed because I have no experience successfully directing a team and I have no idea who I’m going to work with.
Finally, Toby highlighted some theoretical plans for releasing the game. While he wasn’t sure about what pricing or platforms the game would launch with, he did not want to mislead his fans by using pre-orders:
You’ll buy all of the chapters at once as one purchase. That’ll be the only option. I’m not doing pre-orders because I don’t like those. It just seems like the best way not to burn anybody.
Price is unknown. It depends on how long the game is, and how much it costs to make…
I don’t know anything about what consoles, etc. it’ll come out for because by the time it comes out we might be on Playstation 14 or something.
Sadly, it seems unlikely that Deltarune will make it to consoles anytime soon, unless Toby Fox can gather the resources needed. Let’s hope other creators or developers offer to lend him a hand, in the future.
In the meantime, you can check out everything that Toby Fox discussed about Deltarune over here.