Abandoned to get a playable prologue in early 2022

The furor is over To leave, the horror shooter/survival game from Blue Box Game Studios that was not developed by Kojima, is extinct. Perhaps this is why the game only got a brief update on the PlayStation 5 that could easily be missed unless you went looking for it. As noted by Push Square, this update states that a playable prologue is coming for To leave soon.

The update can be found through the . to search To leave Realtime Experience app in the PlayStation Store on the PS5, or the app itself if you already have it installed. In the News section, the latest update says: “We are excited to announce that the Prologue chapter releases Q1 2022. A specific date will be announced shortly. Keep watching!” According to a FAQ on the developer’s website, the playable prologue is “a standalone game with its own set of Trophies [sic] on PS5”.

So far, the Realtime Experience app only features a short 5-second teaser, one that was already available to watch on Twitter before it became available in the app. At the time, the teaser also said a cinematic trailer would be coming soon, as well as the aforementioned playable prologue. Game creator Hasan Kahraman went on to promise that the trailer would arrive “very soon”, but that was in August and nothing was said about it in the four months that followed. It’s still supposed to arrive before the playable prologue, but whether that will actually happen remains to be seen.

According to the FAQ, the reason for the repeated teaser in the app was that the team had to “shorten the opening teaser” due to technical issues. They also say the game was “announced too early”. The early announcement and all the rumors surrounding Hideo Kojima’s involvement ensured that the game attracted a much larger audience than the studio had anticipated. The studio decided they needed to polish the game even more before its debut and “even now the game isn’t ready for the public yet”.

To leave won’t even be the real name of the game; this would be announced during a gameplay reveal. The app launched with blanks for a cinematic reveal trailer, another trailer, a release trailer, and two gameplay demonstration videos. None of these were mentioned in the latest announcement, and we may just jump right into the playable prologue right now. We just have to see what happens next.

[Source: Push Square, Blue Box Game Studios]