Spelunky 2 developer Mossmouth says the game is getting “closer and closer” to coming out – but it’s not ready to unveil a date just yet. Derek Yu, the studio’s head, states: “Although we’re not quite ready to announce a release date, we’re getting closer and closer, finally getting to implement the deepest parts of Spelunky 2 that have been collecting dust in my notepad for years.”
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Yu shares more details about the upcoming sequel. “First off, we’ve been working on making the game look even nicer, adding more details to each area and making sure that the ones that were already in there popped out better,” he says.
“I think we’ve struck a good balance now, where the graphics are crisp and easy to parse, but the details still stand out enough so that you can easily soak them up as you play the game. Effects like lighting and liquids are more vibrant now, too, contributing to that feeling of a dynamic, living world that has been our goal since day one.”
He continues: “Content-wise, one of my goals with Spelunky 2 was to make each run feel even more like a personalised adventure.” To that end, Yu says there will be new items designed to have “obvious and non-obvious interactions with the rest of the world” and more characters like the original Spelunky’s shopkeeper who “can help or hinder the player in unexpected ways”.
Deathmatch, the first game’s multiplayer mode, will be expanded this time around, while Adventure mode’s progression is more like “building a small community of friends and family” in the sequel. Improvements to the game’s audio, journal, and menus are also mentioned. We can’t wait.
And yet, that release date remains elusive. Spelunky 2 was originally slated for a 2019 launch but was later delayed. The game is coming to PS4 and PC – at some point.