Developer Snapshot Games has announced an indefinite delay of its acclaimed strategy-RPG Phoenix Point on Xbox Game Pass. The news comes by way of an official forum post in which the developer admits to having “dropped the ball” in regards to not having properly laid the groundwork for necessary certification pre-requisites.
Phoenix Point already made its console and PC debut as both a conventional digital download and physical release earlier this week, Dec. 3. It was then supposed to have been added to Microsoft’s Game Pass streaming service yesterday, but it’s now slipped with no new launch date confirmed.
Snapshot Games explains:
“The fact is we dropped the ball. We were exceedingly busy getting the game itself ready, and being inexperienced with Game Pass and the Microsoft Store, we simply had not properly prepared the groundwork to get the game released on time on these platforms. Compared to other platforms we’re on these platforms require a number of pre-requisites, from Microsoft certification to legal documentation review. While these are now mostly complete, they have given rise to a number of new delays.
Specifically, we are currently unable to make the same content available on Microsoft’s platform that is available to players on other platforms. Since we want to make sure all players have access to all versions of Phoenix Point regardless of where they choose to play, we need to get this working before we can release.
This issue was not anticipated by us and has caused unexpected delay over and above our delay waiting for certification. We had hoped to have Game Pass players, at least, up and running today, but it now seems like there will be further delays. We do not have an ETA for Phoenix Point on Game Pass or the Windows Store yet. Please know we are working as hard and as quickly as possible with our partners at Microsoft to resolve these issues and will keep you informed.”
Phoenix Point has enjoyed a decent critical reception since launch, currently sitting on a 77% Metacritic average. Twinfinite scored the game 4//5 in our own review and you can read more of our impressions here.