THQ Nordic and Bugbear Entertainment’s Wreckfest has been plagued with issues for years. After years in Early Access the PC version missed it’s initial launch window in 2017, before finally landing on PC in June 2018 with it’s full release. And while the concept of smashing cars by the dozen in realistic racing sim is fun, the game still has problems.
It was announced today that the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the racing title needed to be delayed into 2019. The console ports were originally set to release on November 20, 2018, but that’s not happening.
According to the devs, there’s multiple reasons for this delay. The performance issues owed to under-powered console hardware is part of the problem, but it seems that the rush to get the console port to market after missing previous release windows has led to a lot of shortcuts being taken. These shortcuts seem to have left behind a large slew of bugs and other gameplay issues, especially within the multiplayer component.
THQ Nordic and Bugbear Entertainment are now working to correct these issues, but there’s no firm date for when the final game will actually release.
THQ Nordic Senior Producer Roger Joswig announced the delay today via a press release, check out the relevant bit that explains the delay down below:
“Wreckfest for consoles will only be released as soon as we love playing it. After the fantastic release on PC, the benchmark for the console release is much higher. At this moment, the team needs more time to polish the multiplayer part, as well as the overall performance on the game to bring it up to par with the experience on PC. We are sorry for keeping fans waiting longer because of this. However, we already have compensation in the form of further vehicles, including a special crazy vehicle, in the works for consoles. “
The devs are working a new spate of exclusive vehicles for the console ports as a form of compensation. The PS4 and Xbox One ports of Wreckfest will get these new console-exclusive vehicles when it finally does launch. So that’s good news I guess, although it will do little to assuage angry fans waiting on the game.