A couple of months ago, developer Pixel Dash/EQ-Games announced that Road Redemption, the spiritual successor to Road Rash, would be released for PC, Mac, and Linux on October 15 of this year, with Xbox One and PS4 versions coming January 15, 2017. Unfortunately, the Baton Rouge and New Orleans based developers announced yesterday that they have been forced to delay the game’s release due to the massive flooding that has hit the state.
Ian Fisch of EQ-Games put out a press release addressing the flooding and Road Redemption‘s delay:
The developers of the video game Road Redemption . . . are sad to report that the game’s development has been stalled by to the record flooding in Louisiana.
Road Redemption’s developers are based in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. The flood devastated the region, damaging over 40,000 homes, including the home of Jason Tate, studio co-founder and senior programmer.
We hope to have the whole team back to work on Road Redemption as quickly as possible but right now our priority is making sure that everyone on the team, and their families, have a safe place to stay. We hope that all of our fans and kickstarter backers will be understanding in these tragic circumstances, and if they’d like to help they can visit www.braf.org to make a donation.
The press release went on to say that Pixel Dash/EQ-Games is now hoping to launch the game in November of 2016, but due to the ongoing recovery effort, they were unable to provide a more definite date. Though many will undoubtedly be disappointed with the news of the delay, they can take comfort in the fact that the delay is entirely out of the developer’s control and doesn’t seem to be due to any problems with the game itself.
This isn’t the first time that development of a game has been stalled by natural disasters. Three years ago, No Man’s Sky developer, Hello Games’ offices were so damaged by flooding that it put the entire company in jeopardy.
Luckily, it seems that Pixel Dash/EQ-Games aren’t going to be kept down for long, and they seem committed to getting back to work as soon as possible. Hopefully, they can get Shovel Knight to help them out.
Road Redemption is now set to release in November of 2016 for PC, Mac, and Linux.