It seems like forever ago that Double Fine ran their then-record breaking Kickstarter for a brand new Tim Schafer-developed point-and-click adventure game, but in actuality it was just back in March of 2012. That adventure game is what eventually came to be Broken Age, and it’s had a somewhat rocky development. The game took longer than originally planned to finish, and in fact last year Double Fine announced their intention to split the game into two parts in order to at least get something out the door in a timely fashion.
And that’s what they did. Broken Age Act 1 ($4.99) launched on desktop platforms in January of this year, with the iPad version of the game releasing this past June. Originally, the Act 2 that completed the game was planned for release before the end of 2014, but as Polygon notes Double Fine has now announced that Act 2 will be pushed back to some point in early 2015.
According to the information that Double Fine posted on the official Broken Age forums, the goal now is to get Act 2 into alpha before the end of the year. Double Fine’s Greg Rice states “The game is looking really good and the team is working super fast, but we just gotta give the game the time it needs to really deliver on everything we’re hoping it will be."
I am actually all for a game taking as much time as it needs to be completely finished, rather than releasing something half-baked just to hit a deadline. The problem is that Broken Age shows awesome potential, but Act 1 alone feels very incomplete, our main point of displeasure in our review. As such, Act 2 and the fully finished product really can’t come soon enough.
As for the iOS version of Broken Age Act 2 in particular, Double Fine hasn’t stated anything specific about it, but Act 1 took about 6 extra months to come out on iPad following the desktop release. It’s unknown if it’ll be that long of a wait between the desktop version and the iOS version of Act 2, but I think it’s reasonable to expect it will at least be sometime after the desktop version. We’ll be keeping tabs on the situation and will let you know once more specific release timelines are announced for Broken Age Act 2, but for know it’s safe to push 2014 out of your mind and look forward to it sometime in 2015.