When a release date gets changed, it’s usually pushed back – but in the case of Factorio, the early access smash hit about a robot building a robot factory on a lonely, grungy planet, it’s the opposite: Factorio 1.0 is now scheduled to leave early access August 14 this year.
Late last year, developer Wube Software announced that it planned to have Factorio ready for a 1.0 launch September 25, after a few initial release targets had come and gone. That seemed like a good timeframe for a smaller indie game to launch – but then the coronavirus outbreak threw a wrench into the works.
For Factorio, that came in the form of a launch delay for Cyberpunk 2077, which pushed its release date back to September 17 – just over a week before Factorio was scheduled to leave early access. Looking to avoid competition with a triple-A release that is likely to dominate both the media landscape and players’ attention when it launched, Wube decided to look at its options.