Development for the game had already begun before the release of MercurySteam’s last game, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Dave Cox, the producer of the Castlevania franchise, revealed that some of the abandoned gameplay elements for Lords of Shadow 2, such as the combat mechanics, may be featured in the company’s next game. In March 2016, Cox announced that his partnership with MercurySteam and that the company was working on a new game with a sci-fi setting. Enric Alvarez, the head of MercurySteam, further described the project as one of the company’s most “ambitious” titles. The game was teased by MercurySteam multiple times before it was officially announced in April 2016. Mercury Steam is set to self-publish Raiders of the Broken Planet for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2016. A beta test for the Windows version is set to be held before the game’s official release.