Malcolm McDowell announces Gloomwood delay: 'For God's sake, you can wait'

Gloomwood screen detail
(Image credit: New Blood Interactive)

Gloomwood, New Blood Interactive's "Thief with guns" stealth-action game, has been delayed. Not for very long, fortunately—it's now slated to launch into early access on September 6, a postponement of just three weeks. The whole thing would be entirely unremarkable, in fact, if not for the way that New Blood announced it—or, more to the point, who announced it.

Malcolm McDowell is a legendary English actor, known for his roles in movies and television: A Clockwork Orange, Caligula, Cat People, Star Trek: Generations, and dozens of others. He also has a surprisingly extensive videogame career, with appearances in games including in Wing Commander 3 and 4, Fallout 3, God of War 3, and The Elder Scrolls Online. And now, he has made what I'm pretty sure is his first-ever videogame game delay announcement.

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"I am now speaking in particular to all the Gloomwood fans around the world," McDowell intones in the video. "These guys that make this game want to apologize for the short delay. Yeah, right. But it's only a few short weeks. For God's sake, you can wait until then.

"Anyway, listen, Gloomwood fans, get ready to anticipate—it's coming your way in a few weeks and when it gets there, you're gonna love it."

You might naturally be curious about how exactly a man of his stature ended up announcing a videogame delay. It's not stated explicitly, but McDowell is on Cameo, a site that lets fans purchase personalized messages from celebrities—and New Blood boss Dave Oshry said shortly after the announcement went up that "someone needs to take away my Cameo account."

As for why Gloomwood's early access launch has been delayed, the publisher said in a separate, more detailed announcement on Steam that "unforeseen game development issues" have come up over the past few months, and that several developers working on the game have also been diagnosed with Covid-19.

"It seems that ever since we announced the release date we've been hit with so many issues you would think the immersive sim curse is indeed real, but we will power through it," New Blood wrote. "This extra time will allow us to make sure all these issues are sorted, add extra polish, and give some space to the major update for one of our other games, Ultrakill, which is now releasing its second act on August 16th."

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.