Although expected to ceremoniously launch today, Blazing Griffin’s HD remake of 2006’s The Ship: Murder Party will slip into next week. Complications with online features have been cited as the culprit, thus the seaborne Who Done It now aims for a February 22 release.
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In order to meet today’s provisional deadline, Blazing Griffin had planned to ship The Ship out of Early Access with just LAN support, before adding online play at a later date. This suggestion was met with resistance from the game’s community and thus the developers decided to push its ETA back seven days in order to get online functionality working.
“We listened to what you've been saying and have put off launching for a week,” reads an update on The Ship: Remasted Steam page. “Thanks to everyone for their comments and also for voicing your concerns. Launching a game like this is a delicate process and we were also concerned about the impact of negative reviews will have on the future of the game.
“We did feel that on balance there were more benefits to launching today than later, but given the feedback from the community, we've moved to a more suitable solution.”
Now, relay server functionality will be released to closed testing players. In its current guise, the service “isn’t entirely functional”, however it does mean testers can play online without relying on third party services.
The Ship: Remasted now plans to leave the slipstream of Early Access one week from today on February 22.