Toby Fox released the first chapter of a new RPG, called Deltarune, on October 31, 2018. Fox admits this three-hour chapter is all of Deltarune that he currently has, and the rest of the game is still years away from being finished. Which is a little disappointing, as we love what he’s created so far.
Prior to the game’s release, Fox wrote down his answers to questions about the new game that he thought people might have. He released his answers only after Deltarune: Chapter 1 came out, so his opinion on certain aspects of the game’s development might have changed in response to the positive reception.
Regarding when when fans can expect the next chapter, Fox said that Chapter 1 took “a few years” to make, which is longer than development of Undertale‘s demo. As of right now, Fox doesn’t want to spend more than seven years on any one project, so finishing Deltarune is “actually impossible” unless he recruits more people. “So I’m going to try making a team,” Fox said. “Because I really want to make this. But I may not be able to succeed because I have no experience successfully directing a team and I have no idea who I’m going to work with.”
Fox currently has no timetable for Deltarune, but he promises that he’ll release all the chapters at once if the game is made. “I’m not doing pre-orders because I don’t like those,” he added. “It just seems like the best way not to burn anybody.”
In his Q&A, Fox also addresses whether or not Deltarune will have multiple endings like Undertale. “No matter what you do the ending will be the same,” he said. He also iterated that Deltarune’s world is not the same as Undertale. Despite the two’s similarity in setting and characters, Deltarune is a game featuring “different characters, that have lived different lives.” He does add that Deltarune is “just a game you can play after you complete Undertale” though, so future chapters of the game might make more sense or take on additional meaning if you complete Undertale first.
The rest of the Q&A mostly deals with Fox’s own complaints with Deltarune: Chapter 1–namely the battle system–and his affirmation that he’s never going to use Kickstarter again. Fox took to Twitter after the Q&A’s release to thank those who helped him on Deltarune: Chapter 1 and clarify a few more details. Most noticeable is his tweet about his inspiration for Deltarune. Although Undertale came out first, Deltarune was the original game he wanted to make.
Deltarune: Chapter 1 is available for PC. Undertale is available for PS4, PS Vita, PC, and Nintendo Switch.