Those who have been yearning for a full Wii U run on the oh so Sonic-tacular Freedom Planet in North America will have to wait until a recently discovered bug has been exterminated, according to director Stephen DiDuro,
DiDuro, who goes by Strife, posted news of the game's delay via development team GalaxyTrail's forums, citing a potentially system-freezing issue as the culprit:
As luck would have it, a serious bug in the Wii U version of Freedom Planet was found today that causes Wii U consoles to freeze, requiring a hard reset of the system. This bug only occurs in retail versions of the console, so neither Nintendo nor MP2 experienced the issue and we were only made aware of it by members of the press who tried the game over the past couple days.
We cannot allow the game to launch in a state that would potentially cause damage to Wii U consoles or make players think there is something wrong with their console, so we are delaying again until the issue is fixed. No one is more disappointed at this than me, but we have to do what we have to do.
Thank you for your patience and we will continue to update you on the status of our Wii U release.
We experienced the above issue in our own advance review code of the game, so it is certainly something that needs addressing. The title of DiDuro's forum post states that the release date has been pushed back to the 20th of August.
Notice of the delay on Twitter has been met with kind responses so far, including encouragement from NOA's indie relations manager Damon Baker.
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