Crystal Dynamics have officially delayed both Final Fantasy 7 and Avengers titles.
Developer Crystal Dynamics has revealed that it’s two most anticipated titles have been delayed. The two titles in question are the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Marvel’s Avengers. Both titles have their delays set by one and three months respectively. And both games’ development teams are explaining that this is necessary to give them more time. Essentially to polish the gameplay experiences.
What’s going on with Avengers?
In regards to the upcoming superhero action adventure, Avengers was previously scheduled to release on May 15th of this year, but has now been pushed back for “additional development time focusing on fine tuning and polishing the game to the high standards [Marvel] fans expect and deserve.” It will now arrive on 4th September. This delay is of huge significance due to the fact that it’s now well clear of Cyberpunk 2077 and much closer to the launch of this year’s new consoles.
In a statement posted today to Crystal Dynamics’ website, studio co-heads Scot Amos and Ron Rosenberg apologized for the hold-up explaining that they will “spend this additional development time focusing on fine tuning and polishing the game to the high standards our fans expect and deserve …. We’re confident it will be worth the wait.”
However, the delay is really of not much surprise. Out of all the big games announced last year, Marvel’s Avengers had the roughest ride. After the game’s reveal trailer at E3 2019, the game had to face backlash from fans over the character designs. While the characters were going to be different from the real counterparts, they instead fell into a strange uncanny valley that left them looking generic. When players began to get their hands on the game in small behind-closed-doors demos, the reactions to the gameplay were similarly lukewarm. The good news for them is that with this delay Square Enix has plenty of feedback to peruse. And four months’ worth of extra time will certainly help.
What about Final Fantasy 7?
In regards to the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. It was originally going to release on the 3rd of March. But has now been set back to the 10th of April. This is following significant portions of the game leaking online ahead of its rumoured demo.
“We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience,” commented Yoshinori Kitase, the producer for Final Fantasy VII Remake. “I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologize to everyone, as I know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer. Thank you for your patience and continued support.”
These new shifts now see a changing of competition for both Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Avengers games. The delay of Final Fantasy VII Remake now actually places it in direct competition with Cyberpunk 2077. Which happens to be releasing just six days later. Marvel’s Avengers now finds itself in a relatively open spot where it was, at the time, competing against Wasteland 3 and The Last of Us II. Hopefully we won’t be hearing about any more significant delays to other 2020 games on the way. But now the first half of the year is suddenly looking less full. Here’s hoping the upcoming release of PS5 and Xbox Series X can make up for it in the Holiday season.
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