It's been five years since Toby Fox's Undertale was released and two years since the follow-up game, Deltarune, was unleashed with a lengthy "Chapter One" on PC and Nintendo Switch. For anyone wondering how much developmental headway the game has made, Fox has provided updates on a few distinct occasions.
Here's everything we know about Deltarune Chapter 2.
When is the Deltarune Chapter 2 release date?
Deltarune Chapter 2 currently does not have an official release date. According to a September 2020 Famitsu article featuring an update from Toby Fox, development on Chapter 2 began around the middle of 2020 and has progressed at a faster rate than Chapter 1.
Fox believes there will be a playable version ready by the end of 2020. That estimate isn't accounting for finishing touches like translation, bug-testing, and porting.
It's likely we'll see an initial release of Deltarune Chapter 2 by the middle of next year. Presumably, it will release on PC, Switch, and PlayStation 5.
From that point, further chapters might be released rather quickly. "After gaining experience from this chapter [Chapter 2], I think making future chapters will be easier," said Fox in the September 2020 Status Update.
Is there a Deltarune Chapter 2 trailer?
However, there are a few screenshots featuring updated models found in Chapter 2. Here's one that was featured in Famitsu.
What's the gameplay like in Deltarune Chapter 2?
Similar to Deltarune Chapter 1, the second chapter will feature turn-based combat resembling the Final Fantasy series. There will be some bullet hell components, but that'll no longer be the main event. Other changes include the removal of random encounters.
You'll now be able to see enemies on the overworld before fighting them, giving you a chance to avoid them all-together.
Is Deltarune Chapter 2 the last chapter in Deltarune?
No, it's not. In the Famitsu article, Deltarune Chapter 2 and Deltarune as a whole are treated as separate entities, implying there will be more than the two chapters. We don't know how many chapters Deltarune will include, but Fox has completed the outline of events of all chapters and the "first draft" of all cutscene dialogue.
In his Status Update from September 2020, Fox had a section labeled "Progress chapters 3+." This titling implies that there will be at least four chapters in the Deltarune with room for more.
Items beneath the Progress Chapters 3+ title, intimate there will be at least six total chapters. Under "Map Design" Fox says the completion of the map "varies per chapter, earlier chapters totally completed."
Fox uses the plural terminology of "earlier chapters" in the section for Chapters 3+, implying at least two chapters make up a section. If Chapters 3 and 4 are considered "earlier" then at least Chapters 5 and 6 must exist to make "later" chapters.
Not counting the prologue, a single Undertale playthrough lasted six chapters. Perhaps that's the number we can expect for Deltarune.
How many endings will Deltarune have?
Undertale famously had three distinct endings. Deltarune will have just one. While this might dissuade some gamers from enjoying Deltarune, Fox has confirmed that your choices still matter. In an FAQ, Fox said, "There's something more important than reaching the end." This coyly implies that parts of the game might be significantly different between playthroughs.
Your choice still matters, it just won't affect where the characters end up.
Is Deltarune a sequel to Undertale?
Not quite. Deltarune takes place in a world distinct from Undertale's, but Fox has confirmed there will still be some connection between the two.
"Deltarune's world is a different one [from Undertale]," said Fox in an FAQ. "With different characters, that have lived different lives. A whole new story will happen ... I don't know what you call this kind of game. It's just a game you can play after you complete Undertale, if you want to."
As seen in Deltarune Chapter 1, characters from the first title will appear in the game, but they won't have lived the same lives as they did in the original. To understand every reference, Deltarune players should still beat Undertale before playing.
Deltarune Chapter 2 is currently in development.