Granblue Fantasy Relink Delay 2023

Granblue Fantasy: Relink was first revealed for PS4 all the way back in 2017 (we first covered it in 2018). And now, here we are five years later, and we're writing about another delay. The action RPG, now targeting both PS5 and PS4, has been moved into 2023. Previously, it was meant to launch this year, and before that, the project actually changed developers. You may remember that Relink was originally a Platinum Games gig, but property owner Cygames took the title in-house in 2019.

It's safe to say that the development cycle has not been smooth, and so this latest delay does prompt potential worry. That said, we at least have word from the people involved β€” specifically producer Yuito Kimura, who's written up a message addressed to eager fans.

It reads:

The development team has been hard at work getting Granblue Fantasy: Relink ready for its target release date in 2022. We understand the excitement players have for this game, so it is with utmost regret that we announce that the release date will be pushed back a second time to 2023.

Although internal and external circumstances pertaining to the novel coronavirus have been the primary hindrance to the development process, the entire staff has spared no effort in pushing to make up for lost time. However, considering the large-scale scope of this title, we believe more time is needed to further polish and optimize details and gameplay as we approach the final stretch.

All graphical resources, scenario pieces, voices, music, and other assets are in a completed state. At this stage, we are focused on refining gameplay balance, debugging, improving audio and graphical fidelity, and making general improvements to the overall experience.

We would like to ask for a little more of your patience.Further information was slated to be revealed in June 2022, but at the moment, our plan is to share more details in December 2022. We can’t wait to show you what we have!

Thankfully, it sounds as though the project is mostly complete, and that the promised 2023 release window will stick this time. We're also getting more information on Relink later this year, in December, which is nice to hear.

Again, we've been following Granblue Fantasy: Relink for what feels like an age, but we're still looking forward to seeing more. Yet another title to look out for in 2023.