Arc System Works has announced that Guilty Gear: Strive has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the remote-working orders to combat it.
The news comes via a tweet from the official Arc System Works twitter account. Their statement from producer Takeshi Yamanaka reads as follows.
“Thank you for your interest in Guilty Gear -Strive-. This is Takeshi Yamanka, producer of Guilty Gear -Strive-. We have previously announced the release of Guilty Gear -Strive- for late 2020, however we have decided to change the release schedule to early 2021.
While our company’s staff and our business partners are putting in a sincere effort in dealing with 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 good use of that extra time to do this.
Thank you for your understanding.”
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19 officially, or Chinese Flu to others) has affected many worldwide, from businesses to public gatherings and events.
This includes postponements of GDC, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the physical events for EVO 2020 and Tokyo Game Show 2020, and cancellations E3 2020 (including digital events), the physical event for Gamescom 2020, and Comiket 98.
We reported Studio Ghibli stating they were still making progress on two new films, How Do You Live? and a film by Goro Miyazaki, despite the ongoing pandemic. We also reported that Episode five of Pokemon: Twilight Wings had been postponed.
The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering are mapping the virus’ spread [1, 2]. As of this time of writing, there have been over 4.444 million total confirmed cases worldwide, and over 2.554 million active cases. There have been over 302,000 deaths, however over 1.588 million people have made a “total recovery.”
Japan has had a total of 16,120 cases (5,555 active cases), 697 deaths, and 9,868 recoveries.
Guilty Gear: Strive launches late 2021 for PlayStation 4.
Image: Guilty Gear – Evo 2019 Reveal Trailer (Thumbnail)