The mysterious side-scrolling game Star Child is “definitely not” cancelled, according to Playful CEO Paul Bettner.
The statement comes after some PlayStation 4 owners on Thursday who had pre-ordered the game received a message from the PlayStation Store stating “the publisher has notified us that the game is cancelled.” A tweet posted to the official Star Child Twitter account on Friday provided a status update to the game saying that the “internal projected launch date changed, triggering a cancellation of pre-orders on PSN.”
Playful is still hard at work on Star Child! Our internal projected launch date changed, triggering a cancellation of pre-orders on PSN, but rest assured the game’s development is alive and well. We can’t wait to share more soon!
Until then, happy holidays! pic.twitter.com/NTnlb3HUIO
— Star Child (@starchildgame) December 21, 2018
Playful is the company behind Lucky’s Tale — a groundbreaking VR platformer which debuted with the Oculus Rift in 2016. They built sequel Super Lucky’s Tale as a more traditional flat-screen platformer for the Xbox One and then showed Star Child for PlayStation VR. The game is also planned to work outside VR headsets as well, but details are still sparse and we noted that Kynan Pearson, the game’s original director, lists on Twitter and LinkedIn that he left Playful at some point this year. Bettner told UploadVR the game has a new leader and “we owe the world an update.”
“How our players experience the story of Star Child is so important to us, which is why we’re being so thoughtful about what we say and how we say it,” Bettner told UploadVR. “We’re not quite ready to share more yet, but we’ll make it worthwhile when we do.”