Developer WayForward reveals that the European region Switch release for Shantae and the Seven Sirens has been slightly pushed back.
After spending eight months as an Apple Arcade exclusive, Shantae and the Seven Sirens is available for general audiences, but the game’s Switch version is being hit by an incredibly minor delay. In a recent tweet, developer WayForward announced that the regions affected by the delay are Australia, Europe, and New Zealand. These areas won’t see the game on May 28, 2020, like the rest of the platforms around the world did. Instead, it’s new launch date is June 4, 2020.
What is the background behind the game?
For those unfamiliar with the game, Shantae and the Seven Sirens is the latest installment in the 2D platforming series. It follows the magical adventures of half-genie Shantae. The adventures first launched on Game Boy Advance back in 2002. And spawned a range of sequels, coming back into public prominence in 2016. When Shantae: Half-Genie Hero completely shattered its Kickstarter goals. Shantae and the Seven Sirens follows the now-iconic half-genie. As she heads to a festival that’s just for fellow half-genies to celebrate who they are. Unfortunately, things go awry and the other half-genies start disappearing. It is up to Shantae to explore the island and use her dances. And transformations to figure out what is going on.
Why the delay for the Switch port?
The studio didn’t explain why Shantae won’t be sashaying her way onto the Switch in Europe that day. The announcement only notes this will affect the European version only. And was “beyond our control”. When a fan pressed for more information, WayForward only promised that “there are no problems with the game”. According to the announcement, the game’s delay only applies to digital releases. The physical copies of Shantae and the Seven Sirens made by Limited Run Games are already available. When the announcement surfaced, most fans were understanding. The only complaints in the comments focused more on the limited copies in the game’s physical run than the delay.
Ultimately, fans in the EU and Australian regions should already be playing the indie platformer’s release on other platforms. Shantae and the Seven Sirens is available now for Apple Arcade, iOS, PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch. And Xbox One in North America. It will come to other regions on June 4, 2020. If you want to check out Seven Sirens, check out the Way Forward website for more details.
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