Dark and Light has been delayed at least until summer — so says the game’s official Chinese website, anyway, which has a lengthy apology to players awaiting the game’s release in the US and Europe. “Regrettably, we had to make an extension decision again,” Snail writes, telling players to expect beta this summer.
This won’t be the first time the game’s been delayed, though the chronology is confusing.
In September 2016, the official ChinaJoy trailer declared — in English — that the game was “coming soon… this year,” meaning fall 2016. The teaser website that same month also claimed the game was on track for 2016.
In November 2016, however, a studio rep admitted that a November release was “not likely.”
In December 2016, Snail announced an 2017 early access for the game, with full launch planned for Q4 2017, as if those earlier dates had not been given; we reported it as a delay. (And apparently Snail’s Chinese branch also considered that a delay — note the word “again” in the apology.)
The game ceased such announcements until early March 2017, when Snail popped on Facebook for a “not dead yet” post. Though sites have reported a Q1 date for the game (and that was our original guess too), Snail has subsequently rejected that idea. “Unfortunately that statement was made in error – it wasn’t from an official press release from Snail Games USA,” a rep wrote on Facebook.