The Settlers release date is indefinitely delayed following critical feedback from fans coming from the game’s closed beta sessions.

Closed Beta Testing opened earlier in January, which allowed Ubisoft to receive feedback from fans of the game. After close to a month of testing, it has been determined that the game is still far away from its envisioned state. In a tweet, Ubisoft says:

“As we went through this feedback, it became clear to our team that the quality wasn’t yet in line with the team’s vision.”

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Ubisoft says that they will be using the extended time period coming from the delay to further improve the game and push quality as the developers’ main priority. The developers did not elaborate on what kind of feedback they have been receiving, but we have seen tweets and commentaries about how the new Settlers game deviates so much from the original series. We haven’t seen or heard any complaints related to performance or balancing. Whatever the reason may be, it’s still refreshing to see big developers and publishers feeling more comfortable embracing delays. While delays could upset fans, investors, and other stakeholders, it still is the best decision to be made if a game really isn’t ready yet for launch.

First announced at Gamescom 2018, The Settlers will be a reboot of the classic series. The game is still being made by the original developers, Blue Byte, now under the Ubisoft Dusseldorf banner, using the Snowdrop Engine. As a reboot of the series, The Settlers retains the city-building aspects of its predecessors but adds more focus on real-time strategy gameplay and warfare. The game also appears to be built with competitive gaming in mind, allowing up to 2v2 multiplayer gameplay. There is a Campaign Mode and a Skirmish Mode that can be played through.