After issues with the beta testing last month, Guilty Gear: Strive has had its launch delayed by two months. Arc System Worksmade a statement on Twitter this morning thanking fans for their patience and support. Rather than the planned April date, the game will now go live on June 11th 2021.
The first Guilty Gear graced our screens more than two decades ago for the original PlayStation. The 1998 game built up a strong fan base and spawned countless sequels, manga, audio drama, and a spiritual successor: BlazBlue. There hasn’t been a new addition to the franchise since Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator back in 2015.
Guilty Gear: Strive entered beta testing towards the end of last month. However, serious server errors left the game in chaos with many players unable to try it out. With the limited time they had given fans to test it, Arc System Works were forced to extend the opening by two days. It seems the game has suffered further problems as the game has now been delayed until June. The developers announced:
“We have made the tough decision to move the release date of Guilty Gear: Strive (previously planned for April 9, 2021) to June 11, 2021. Since we have received valuable feedback after the recent open beta test, we would like to make the most of this opportunity to provide the best game possible. We need extra time to polish some aspects of the game, such as the online lobbies and the server’s stability. We believe it best to use the extra time to improve the game’s quality and provide a better experience to all our players. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
The game promises to be worth the wait, with new mechanics they promise will usher in the new generation of fighting games. Its nice to see a game delayed for the right reasons. Listening to your fans rather than assuming you know best is a sure way to win over the fan base.
You can still pre-order Guilty Gear: Strivehere (affiliate link).
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