A Japanese gaming news site, Ryokuta, recently revealed that Digimon Survive, a survival RPG on the way from Bandai Namco and Witch Craft, is indefinitely delayed. Initially slated for release sometime this year, the delay leaves the title with no anticipated release window. Evidently, the team behind the title chose to delay the game so that they could completely overhaul its design after the 2020 Digimon Adventure anime.
Bandai Namco has not officially commented on the delay or even revealed it, so wait on official confirmation before you get too heartbroken. Still, if this is true, then the game is facing a total revamp a little reminiscent of what’s going on with Metroid Prime 4 (which Nintendo coincidentally yanked from Bandai Namco, the publisher allegedly behind this Digimon Survive delay). In that case, everything we knew about the game is now up in the air again. This means that stuff we learned about last year, like consequential “karma points” that could be earned based off of decisions made in the heat of battle and would influence the story. The game initially asserted the importance of player relationships with Digimon and fellow humans, both of which would steer the overarching narrative, and developers previously alluded to vulnerable characters who could die during gameplay. Hopefully, some of these elements will “survive” the Digimon Survive overhaul, because they certainly lay the groundwork for a compelling RPG story.