It would be an understatement to say that Deltarune hasn’t exactly had a normal release schedule. The hotly-anticipated successor to indie sensation Undertale has been in development for a long time, and plans have shifted several times. Developer Toby Fox initially planned to release Chapter 1 as a free teaser, then drop the rest of the game all at once. However, a lengthy dev cycle changed his mind, and he launched Chapter 2 for free on Friday. So what’s next? As plans currently stand, the next Deltarune update will add three chapters at once.
The next Deltarune update
Following the release of Deltarune Chapter 2, Fox shared a development update on the official website. In it, he explains why he released Chapter 2 early, and elaborates on future plans.
Originally I had planned to release chapters only when all them are finished, but honestly, it’s hard both for creators and fans to go a long time without a release. So, I changed my mind. I think most people will be happy about this.
My next goal is to complete Chapters 3, 4 and 5 for next time. Then, at that time I will ask for people to buy the game, at the price of the first 5 chapters (including 1 and 2). I don’t know the price yet, but it’s definitely going to cost more than UNDERTALE.
So, next time you want to ask “when’s chapter 3”, you can ask “when can I buy Chapter 3/4/5? I’ll give you a lot of money”.
… I won’t know the answer until it’s done, though.
Chapters 3, 4, and 5 are all on the way in the next update, but it’s not clear when it will launch. There’s some in-game dialogue in Chapter 2 that hints it will take around two years, but that’s obviously a very rough estimate. The next Deltarune update will also be the first to cost money, though an exact amount has not been specified. It will cost more than Undertale (currently $9.99), which makes sense, as it’s a larger game and has more developers working on it.
The next Deltarune update will not, however, be the last. It adds Chapters 3, 4, and 5, but the in-game menu shows seven chapters. The final two chapters will come at a later date, though Fox hasn’t given any information beyond that.