Insurgency Sandstorm PS4, Xbox release date DELAY: Is it coming to PS5, Xbox SX?

Earlier this year Insurgency: Sandstorm, the Middle East themed tactical shooter from New World Interactive announced that it was finally heading to console.

The game first launched on PC in December 2018 and the console version was widely expected to release in 2019.

For one reason or another this release date ended up getting pushed all the way to 25th August 2020. Understandable, since it's only a small team working on the game.

At the time, Keith Warner, President of NWI said, “The console market has been craving a hardcore modern-day tactical shooter for a long time. Expanding our tried and tested PC formula to the console market is a huge step in our company’s evolution and we are excited to bring our signature style of tactical FPS to the console market for the very first time.”

However, it now seems as though the game won't be hitting the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year as first suspected.

Is Insurgency Sandstorm coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X?

Whilst there's no official information to date, it certainly sounds as though the game will look to avoid releasing on aging hardware in favor of the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

The logic of delaying the games console launch to ensure a more forward-thinking release on next-gen hardware seems like a smart move (in our opinion), despite the extra wait console players have to endure.

This sentiment seems to be at the heart of the press release put out by Keith Warner and Derek Czerkaski.

Whilst the extra time will not doubt help "improve the Day 1 experience” and “deliver a more complete and optimized version of the game,” they also specifically namedrop “exciting possibilities of a next-gen console release”.

Though it's mentioned that they still intend to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, depending on the length of delay, we wouldn't be surprised to see the game only come to next-gen consoles.

If only so the team can take advantage of the full selection of next-gen bells and whistles.

Hopefully, we'll learn more later this year as we approach the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X in the fall.

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