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Guilty Gear Strive delayed to 2021

We'll have to wait a bit longer to know what the game smells like

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 15, 2020 at 7:37 a.m. PDT • Comments: 35

Guilty Gear Strive was originally slated to release later on this year, but now it appears as though fans will need to wait quite a bit longer to rock out and get their new Roman Cancel setups going.

Arc System Works announced last night that Guilty Gear Strive is delayed past its initial release window into early 2021 due to the global pandemic of COVID-19 and to give the development staff more time to polish the start of their next generation of fighters.

In the statement from Strive's Producer Takeshi Yamanaka, "every aspect" the dev team's schedule has been hit by delays stemming from the move to work from home and other difficulties introduced by Japan's state of emergency surrounding the coronavirus.

Yamanaka also says ArcSys is aiming to further improve the quality of Guilty Gear Strive taking into consideration more all of the feedback the developers received from the game's closed beta test from last month.

The producer reassures fans that they will make good use of this extra time needed which will lead to a final product that will satisfy the fanbase as a whole.

General reactions to Strive's closed beta were largely mixed around the community with many praising the visual design and some of the system changes though it seemed as though near everyone did not care for the brand new approach to lobbies and had concerns about parts like user interface and gameplay being toned down.

From the beta, many aspects of the game felt as polished as you'd expect an ArcSys fighter to be though there were enough parts that felt unfinished or essentially requiring a redesign which also led to players not believing Strive would hit its 2020 release goal — ourselves included.

Our impressions of the weekend of gameplay applauded the game's graphics and the way things look and animate in matches with that Guilty Gear flair, but it seemed to miss the mark in one of the key areas the developers had been aiming for: making the game more intuitive for beginners.

Interestingly, Granblue Fantasy: Versus, ArcSys' latest fighting game, faced a similar delay last year with an original release window set for late 2019 before getting pushed back to February for Japan / Asia and March for the rest of the world.

Hopefully, this delay allows the devs to run more betas with Strive's incoming rollback netcode to further tweak and polish the game leading up to a release where the FGC may finally get back to business as usual with offline events and pro tours.

Guilty Gear Strive is currently in development for the PlayStation 4 and arcades with more characters and details for the game yet to be revealed.

You can read the full statement from Yamanaka in the image below.

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