Bandai Namco says it was “a difficult decision” but also “the correct one.”
Originally set to release on September 28th for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, Bandai Namco’s Code Vein has suddenly been delayed to 2019. The publisher’s reasoning was to dedicate additional time to further enhance the game.
Bandai Namco Entertainment America stated, “Throughout its pre-release promotion campaign, Code Vein has consistently garnered positive reactions from both media and consumers alike. With this knowledge in-hand, Bandai Namco Inc. has made the decision to dedicate additional time to further develop Code Vein; ensuring the final product delivers on the expectations set amongst media and fans.”
Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing for Bandai Namco Entertainment America, further added, “Code Vein has received an enormous amount of positive feedback from eager fans who have received hands-on time with in-development versions of the game over the past nine months.
“Armed with knowledge of how well the game has already been received, we made the decision to postpone the release of Code Vein to further refine its gameplay in an effort to exceed the expectations fans already have of the title. It was a difficult decision to make, but we feel it is the correct one.”
Finally, Rainel Tan, General Manager for Bandai Namco Entertainment Asia said, “We are thankful to Code Vein fans for giving us a huge positive feedback on the development versions of the game for the past months, as a result of the overwhelming support from the fans, we decided to postpone the release of Code Vein to further refine the game and hope to exceed fans’ expectation. It is a difficult decision, but we hope that once the fans get to play the final version, they will agree with us that this decision is a right one!”
Besides further polishing and refining the game, there could be other reasons for choosing to delay it into next year. A number of higher profile titles are releasing in September (Destiny 2: Forsaken, Spider-Man, Shadow of the Tomb Raider) and October (Forza Horizon 4, Battlefield 5, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey), so it’s possible that Code Vein would have been lost in the shuffle. Given it’s a new IP as well, Bandai Namco might have decided to delay it to offer it some additional breathing room, while using the extra time to refine its mechanics.
Though Code Vein takes a healthy bit of gameplay inspiration from Dark Souls, it differs in a number of respects. Players take control of a vampire in a post-apocalyptic future who must battle against “the Lost” while ascertaining their true purpose in the world. Along with a customizable protagonist, Code Vein also provides a companion who can fight alongside the player. Along with the standard dodging and rolling, characters can also unleash different finishing moves to execute their opponents or deal massive damage.
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