I’m sure it’s recency bias, but I’m starting to have a hard time remembering big game releases scheduled to release in 2020 that are actually releasing in 2020 or that haven’t suffered a delay of some kind. Adding to that struggle, Producer Habu Kazumasa has announced on Twitter that Digimon Survive has been delayed to 2021. “Current world events,” likely meaning COVID-19 and the challenges of remote work, are cited as the reason for the delay, but Kazumasa is appreciative of fans’ continued support. We’ll just have to wait a bit longer for the Witchcraft and Bandai Namco game — probably a good bit longer, too, since their next “exciting” update isn’t coming until spring 2021.
— Digimon Games (@digimon_games) October 15, 2020
Digimon Survive is a tactical RPG that takes all your favorite Digimon and basically drops them in a grid to engage in strategic battles. Whatever segment of the population that loves Digimon and Final Fantasy Tactics is probably praying at an altar for this game each night. But even the art style for the game is somewhat distinct and alluring, with some nice filters applied to the 3D backgrounds and the characters themselves being detailed hand-drawn 2D renderings.
However, Witchcraft and Bandai Namco’s development of Digimon Survive has not been going perfectly smoothly, and there were indications as early as April that struggles with designing its game systems could lead to delays.