That title wasn’t clickbait, I promise! Will You Snail? is a cute little platforming game from solo independent developer Jonas Tyroller. The game has now been in development for more than two and a half years according to a developer log released in November. However, there may be light at the end of the tunnel for those of us that have been not so patiently waiting to play the game. The Steam store page has the release date listed as 2021, but that’s pretty vague. It could release tomorrow or it could release eleven months from now, so which is it? Tyroller, in an upcoming exclusive interview with Ready Player Gone, stated that “I am currently shooting for October 2021, but there is no official release date yet”. OK, so certainly on the upper end of that spectrum.
“I am currently shooting for October 2021, but there is no official release date yet.”
That being said, take this with the entire pot of salt and then season with even more salt. Jonas even set himself the challenge of releasing the game within four weeks, back in 2019. Yes, two years before the current release date aim. So what happened? Well, Jonas said that “in game development, it’s very easy to underestimate the time something will take to finish”. He goes on to add that he could well have released the game back in 2019 and that it was “done and playable” but that it was lacking a “ton of polish and storytelling”.
“Yeah, in game development it’s very easy to underestimate the time something will take to finish. I guess in theory I could have released the game back in October 2019.”
OK, so it’s been a year since those videos came out and that deadline passed, what’s going to take another ten months? Well, as it turns out, while the aforementioned polishing has been finished, the story is far from complete. Jonas told me that “the story part still needs quite a lot of work if I want to do it the way I imagine”.
Tyroller later elaborates as to the main reasons things are taking longer than expected. “One of the problems here was definitely my poor planning and the lack of a proper pre-production phase early on”. However, it is also important to note that he frequently posts on his YouTube channel which boasts nearly 100,000 subscribers. He says that spending so much time maintaining his channel doesn’t help the development of Will You Snail? either.
“The fact that I spend a ton of time on my YouTube videos probably doesn’t help either.”
Will You Snail? is currently available to Wishlist on Steam. Check back to Ready Player Gone on Thursday for the full Ready Developer Gone interview.