The first-person horror game inspired by HR Giger from Ebb Software Contempt has been in the works for a long time, first announced as a Kickstarter project in 2014 before being fully re-revealed last year with clips of gameplay footage. At that time, the game had a rough launch window for 2021, but with 2021 now almost done and dusted off, Contempt is not found.
As you would expect, this is because the game has been delayed. In an update released to the game Kickstarter page, the developer confirmed the news and said that most likely, the official announcement of the delay will come on December 10. Interestingly enough, it’s a day after the Game Awards.
“For the record, yes, the game is released in 2022 and we will have official confirmation of the delay on December 10,” Ebb Software wrote. “It was due to be announced in October, but circumstances beyond our control have postponed it. If it turns out that it’s not the 10th by our will or someone else’s, don’t blame us too much.
The developer also wrote in the update that he is completely focused on the pursuit. Contempt development since its presentation in October of last year, that he wants to continue focusing on that rather than interrupting that process to create a trailer for the game. Interestingly enough, the developer also touched on Cyberpunk 2077 marketing and the botched consequences that ensue while explaining why Ebb Software takes this approach.
“Some people really don’t like that we stay silent for such long periods of time. It’s like that by design for several reasons,” the developer wrote. “The only thing that will get the game out faster is to focus all efforts on development.This is our main priority.
“There’s a reason big companies are showing CG trailers made by another studio. They don’t want to interrupt the development team in the middle of production. CD Projekt RED has had excellent public relations for Cyberpunk 2077 but it didn’t help in the final match. Cyberpunk 2077 Should have been delayed for a year, but the hype and pressure from shareholders was greater. Maybe if they hadn’t pushed their developers to create marketing content, they could have spent more time fixing the game.
“No amount of updates are going to improve the game or bring it out sooner, quite the contrary. It’s just more tasks on the already huge to-do list. It takes time for your game to look presentable to the public. This is done at the very end of the development process.
No specific launch date or window for Contempt is given beyond 2022, but we may know more on December 10. At each launch, the game will be available on Xbox Series X / S and PC. You can also read our developer interview last year to learn more about the game.