Arc System Works has announced Guilty Gear Strive has been delayed to early 2021.
The highly anticipated anime fighting game was scheduled for a late 2020 release, but has now been pushed back following criticism in a recent closed beta and development delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement from Guilty Gear Strive producer, Takeshi Yamanaka, reads: “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.
A message from Takeshi Yamanaka, the producer of #GuiltyGearStrive. pic.twitter.com/BbuFT6zKK3— ArcSystemWorks ➡️ Staying Inside (@ArcSystemWorksU) May 15, 2020
“We apologise 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.”
Guilty Gear Strive has been delayed (Picture: Arc System Works)
The closed beta for Guilty Gear Strive suffered poor online connectivity, with many players unhappy with the new, slightly chaotic, lobby system.
Guilty Gear Strive will release in 2021.