Games certainly aren't immune to COVID-19-related delays, as evidenced by the latest announcement from Arc System Works.The publisher / developer originally planned to released Guilty Gear -Strive- sometime in late 2020, but the pandemic has forced them to shift it to an early 2021 window.
Arc System Works will also be using the time to implement further improvements based on closed beta test feedback.Here's what producer Takeshi Yamanaka had to say about it:
Thank you for your interest in Guilty Gear -Strive-. This is Takeshi Yamanaka, 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 of our fans.Please be assured that we will make good use of that extra time to do this.
Thank you for your understanding.
Source: Arc System Works on Twitter via Gematsu
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