Dead Island developer Techland's next title, the free-running open-world zombie mulcher Dying Light, has been delayed until February 2015, the studio has announced.
The game was scheduled to be released on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC this year. "After careful consideration, we have decided to release our upcoming game in February 2015," said Techland in a statement to GameSpot.
Techland says the delay of the title is down to the studio looking to perfect the parkour elements of the game. "When we started the development of Dying Light, we were committed to innovation. We wanted to give you a freedom of movement unprecedented in open-world games. After many improvements and months of hard work, we have now come so close to realizing our initial vision we feel we cannot stop before it is ready."
"We believe the Natural Movement element of our game will change what you expect from the genre, and we don’t want to sacrifice any of its potential by releasing too early. This quality-focused thinking underlines all our development choices and we hope you share our belief that the gameplay must always come first."
"The new date ensures that we can fully realize our vision of an innovative open-world game. We won’t need to make compromises or trade-offs on any of the five platforms we’re working on. For you, it means an outstanding, original game that makes the wait more than worthwhile."
"Finally, we would like to thank our publishing partner, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which fully supports our decision. It’s a real pleasure to work in an environment where quality is universally accepted as the top priority. We believe that this is the only way to make truly incredible games."
Techland adds that it will be showing off the game, and revealing new information about Dying Light, at E3 2014.