First-person sci-fi horror game Routine gets a release "window" trailer

It was first revealed in 2012 and was supposed to be out the following year.

I've been looking forward to Routine since mid-2012, when the first teaser video debuted at Gamescom. At the time it was slated for release in 2013, a date that developer Lunar Software acknowledged at the end of 2015 "clearly underestimated" the amount of work necessary to actually get the thing finished. But today the studio dropped a new trailer, and more importantly, it comes with a release window of March 2017. 

Routine is a "first-person horror-exploration game set on an abandoned moon base," that looks like nothing so much as System Shock 2 and Amnesia, filtered through a 70s-era sci-fi lens. It's hard to say for certain, though. The website at routinegame.com provides very little in the way of information—a few screens and an old trailer are pretty much it—and the developers haven't exactly been conscientious about keeping people up to speed. 

"If you follow us on twitter, you may have noticed that we were hinting towards a late 2016 release," the studio said in its first update since December 2015. "We have been working like crazy to try and hit that mark without compromising the quality of the game and at this rate, we would be releasing way too close to the Steam Christmas Sales (which would be devastating for us). In the end we felt like it was best to just not rush things at this final hurdle." 

A "window" is not a date, but it's a start, and after waiting this long I'll take it. Lunar said it hopes to get a few more updates posted between now and then, "as we stamp of content and prepare to finally share Routine with everyone."  

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