In the continued saga of coronavirus upending everybody’s plans, yet another game has been delayed. This time, it’s Gust’s Fairy Tail RPG. Announced just this morning via Twitter, Koei Tecmo revealed that the new release date is scheduled for July 31 in North America, while Europe and Japan get it a day earlier.
Originally scheduled for launch this past March, Fairy Tail was delayed until June in order to give the team extra time to polish the final product. This time though, the culprit is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Koei Tecmo’s full statement on the delay is as follows:
Due to the ever-changing world disrupted by COVID-19, Koei Tecmo and Gust Studios are pushing back the release of Fairy Tail until July 31, 2020. The development team is working extremely hard through an unprecedented time to deliver the ultimate magical Japanese RPG experience to fans across the world and we appreciate everybody’s patience as we put the final touches on this thrilling adventure.
As one of my most anticipated games of the summer, I’m certainly a little bummed about the push back, but it’s not at all surprising considering the state of the world right now. Many companies and workers have struggled to adapt to ever-changing regulations and policies regarding how they can do business. And at the end of the day, the safety and well-being of the development team is really what’s most important. As long as the team is staying safe, a small delay like this is nothing.