The newest installment to the Digimon game franchise, Digimon Survive, has been an interesting prospect for fans of the series ever since it was revealed for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch back in 2018.
The survival strategy RPG was originally meant to be released in 2019 and apparently puts a huge focus on player choice, with a branching story that will guarantee that no two playthroughs are one and the same.
It was later postponed to 2020 back in July 2019, but sadly, it seems Digimon fans are going to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on Digimon Survive. In a press release, Kazumasa Habu, the game’s producer announced that the game will again be delayed until 2021 because of the restrictions brought by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
— Digimon Games (@digimon_games) October 15, 2020
At the beginning of his announcement, the producer acknowledges Digimon fans for supporting them in these “difficult times” and that the fans serve as motivation for the development team. According to Habu, the development plan had a solid plan to release the game this year however, “current world events have shifted [its] development timing.”
Hanu once again thanked fans for their unending patience and understanding, emphasizing that the Digimon Survive experience will be “a fun and engaging tactical RPG game along with a memorable story for Digimon fans.”
However, Habu didn’t mention if there is a new release date for Digimon Survive going forward, although he did tease that fans can expect new details to be announced in Spring 2021. For fans following the game’s development, this news doesn’t really come much as a surprise because the producer already revealed this when he responded to a fan asking about the development of Digimon Survive a few days ago on Twitter. There, Habu was very honest about the fact that the game still wasn’t ready to be released just yet, telling avid fans that they will have to wait much longer.
Digimon Survive joins a growing library of titles significantly affected by the ongoing global pandemic, with Ember Labs postponing the release of Kena: Bridge of Spirits, 343 studios delaying Halo Infinite, and Arkane pushing back Deathloop’s release date because of the spread of the coronavirus disease.
The good thing is that players will almost surely get a great game when Digimon Survive releases in 2021, with the development team not having to rush things outside the door without being sure that it will be the best game in the franchise to date.