Guilty Gear Strive is the latest game to be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with developer Arc System Works pushing the game’s release window back from late 2020 to early 2021.
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Guilty Gear Strive producer, Takeshi Yamanaka explained:
While our company’s staff and our business partners are putting in a sincere effort in dealing twith the changes due to the spread of COVID-19, every aspect of our development schedule has faced delays. in addition, we have decided to set up a schedule to further improve the quality of the game responding to everyone’s help and feedback from the recent closed beta test.
We apologize sincerely to everyone who has been anticipating the release with keen excitement. Ourselves, we are dedicated to bringing you a new Guilty Gear game that will satisfy all our fans. Please be assured that we will make foo use of that extra time to do this.
Thank you for your understanding.
Arc System Works’ games are widely celebrated within the 2D fighter scene, from their own Guilty Gear series through to the phenomenal Dragon Ball FighterZ.
Guilty Gear -Strive- was in development since back in 2018, with the full announcement coming in the middle of last year. The start of 2020 then saw them holding a closed beta well in advance of the game’s planned release, to give the team enough time to digest the feedback and data and adjust the game.
We went hands on with the beta, with Dom sharing his thoughts on how it sought to shake up the series:
“While the franchise may have fallen from some player’s memories, visually Strive looks to be making an emphatic play for their hearts, and I’ve every confidence that this Closed Beta, and future open ones, will help the team hone the action to within an inch of its life. Change isn’t always a bad thing, but it’d be a shame to lose part of Guilty Gear’s own DNA by chasing the pack.”
The game will be coming to PS4 in early 2021, then, with an arcade release also planned. Given the timing, you might also wonder if full PS5 support might also be on the cards, though it should be accommodated by the console’s backward compatibility.