Koei Tecmo have announced a delay in upcoming JRPG Fairy Tail due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The news comes via Koei Tecmo America and their statement via Twitter, confirming the delay is due to global disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic (also known as COVID-19 officially, or Chinese Flu to others).
“Due to the ever-changing world disrupted by COVID-19, KOEI TECMO and Gust Studios are pushing back the release of FAIRY TALE until July 31, 2020. The development team is working extremely hard through an unprecedented time to deliver the ultimate magical JRPG experience to fans across the world and we appreciate everybody’s patience as we put the final touches on this thrilling adventure.”
The same message was delivered by Koei Tecmo Europe, but with the date of July 30th for the European region.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic 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, Comiket 98, and MAGStock 2020.
The Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering are mapping the virus’ spread [1, 2]. As of this time of writing, there have been over 5.128 million total confirmed cases worldwide, and over 2.829 million active cases. There have been over 333,000 deaths, however over 1.966 million people have made a “total recovery.”
You can find the full rundown (via Steam) below.
Magic x Guilds x RPG = “FAIRY TAIL” Based on the fantasy adventure comic about Natsu, a Dragon Slayer of the rowdy Fairy Tail magician guild, and his unique group of friends battling against unusual and memorable enemies. Fairy Tail was published in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine, selling over 60 million copies worldwide.
Experience the exciting story
From popular fan-favorite episodes to original in-game episodes, players can experience the magical world of Earth Land and fight with Fairy Tail in the exhilarating story!
Play as powerful mages from different guilds
Take on formidable foes as Dragon Slayers, summoners, shape shifters, enchanters, and other colorful mages from the top guilds of Earth Land!
Grow and expand the guild together
Complete requests, strengthen friendships, and upgrade the guild’s facilities to increase the Guild Rank. The higher the rank, the more challenging requests are. Fight and prevail to become the #1 guild in the Kingdom of Fiore and beyond!
Magic battles, Fairy Tail style
Wield fire and ice magic, summon spirits and weapons, control time, crush matter, use the Unison Raid, Dragon Force, Mode Change, and more – characters battle with their distinctive abilities from the comics and anime, faithfully recreated in 3DCG!
Fairy Tail launches July 30th in Europe, and July 31st in North America on Windows PC (via Steam), Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4.