Deep Down first made its debut back during the PlayStation 4 reveal event in 2013. Since then, we’ve seen gameplay, screenshots and heard plenty of details about the game, yet we have no release.
The game is currently under development at Capcom and given it’s online components, it has apparently given developers more headaches than they anticipated. While the PS4 exclusive Deep Down hasn’t been halted in production, things are going to take a bit longer than originally thought.
In an interview with 4Gamer (via Siliconera), Capcom Producer Yoshinori Ono explained what is currently going on with Deep Down. “It looks like Deep Down will take just a little longer. It also looks like some people are starting to ask ‘did the development come to a halt?’ but it’s nothing like that. We’re thinking about showing something that looks completely different from what previously shown, although it might be a while from now,” Ono said.
Deep Down is one of the few games that was shown off at the PlayStation 4 reveal event and still has yet to be released. Development is an unpredictable beast as it is, and it seems as though things have changed significantly since it was announced a few years ago.
Aspirations can change during the course of development and so can the scale of a project. From what Capcom is saying, Deep Down will be a game that is much larger than what was originally conveyed. Ono talked about Deep Down as a service in addition to it needing more time for development.
“When it comes to the service of online games, it’s a long-term challenge, so we must make sure to do the necessary parts correctly at the launch of the service, otherwise it’d be a shame to have an amusing game and not have any players stick around. When looking back at the previous ideas we had for Deep Down, we felt concerns about it not being able to capture an audience as we would’ve liked, so it was decided to give it more time so that we can further enhance it,” Ono said.
In this day and age for gaming, delays are especially common and that couldn’t be more true than for games of an online nature. It’ll be interesting to see what Capcom has decided to switch up in Deep Down. With the online aspect of the game provided more complexity for the development team, perhaps that element has been drastically changed?
We’ll all see what Capcom has in-store for Deep Down soon enough. When it does release, it will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive.