The Occupation, White Paper Games’ upcoming title, has been delayed until the 5th of February, 2019, having previously been touted for an October 2018 release.
The Occupation sees you play as an investigative, whistle-blowing journalist in a fictionalised version of Manchester known as Turing. White Paper revealed to The Mancunion in March that the game’s architecture is inspired by the city of Manchester, and would feature buildings based on the John Rylands Library and Manchester Town Hall.
Although the game is shaping up to be an interesting experience and has spent four years in development, White Paper Games felt that The Occupation could do with a little more time in the oven, writing in a blog post:
“We’ve decided to make the extremely tough decision and move the release date of The Occupation to February 5, 2019.”
“We know that right now the game is so close to being complete and ready to play, but we also know that there are some tweaks and improvements that we need to make in order for it to be something that we’re proud to release and an experience that we’re happy to hand over to you all.”
“We’ve spent the last four years living in the world of The Occupation so we see the short delay as a small sacrifice to make sure we create something that values your time.”
Whilst fans will undoubtedly be disappointed to have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on The Occupation, the decision to delay it will, as the studio rightly points out, result in a more assured product.
For White Paper, it will also have the benefit of meaning their release is no longer in the ultra-competitive pre-Christmas window, which sees a huge number of AAA releases.
The Occupation will be available on PC, Xbox One and PS4 on the 5th February 2019.