Cube World is finally coming out of development hell

The voxel-based open-world action RPG Cube World appears to be on the brink of release after over a half-decade with little to no word from the developer.

Cube World will be released on Steam!” indie developer Wolfram von Funck tweeted excitedly on Friday. He says that the game will be out “hopefully around the end of September/October 2019.”

First announced way back in 2011, the game looks to be something of a cross between a Legend of Zelda title and Minecraft. It looked promising, and then it basically disappeared from everyone’s radar.

Fans who purchased the game in early access were able to play an alpha version of the game in 2013, but the project never saw a full release. Von Funck assures early access owners that they will receive Steam keys.

The indie developer published a new gameplay video just last weekend, generating murmurs that a release might be imminent. Sure enough, it looks like Cube World will finally see the light of day, eight years after the original announcement.

In a blog post, Von Funck says that back in 2013, he “was enthusiastic to finally share my game with you. It was a dream come true for me. I wanted to be a game developer since I was a kid.”

Then came a DDoS attack on the game’s site. He says that the attack “traumatized” him and “kind of broke something inside me,” which he says resulted in anxiety and depression.

“I’m still not sure if it’s a good idea to tell the world about it, but I wanted to give the fans an explanation,” he explains.

He says that there “were several points in the past years where I considered releasing an update” but that he was “afraid it wasn’t good enough.”

“I’m also a bit [of a] perfectionist and it made me rework everything from scratch several times. The version I’m planning to release is basically Cube World 2.0,” he says, adding that “there are still many things I’d like to add in the future, but I think the version is already fun.”

Now we’ll just have to see if Cube World was worth the long wait.

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