Sorry “Gravity Rush 2” fans, the PlayStation 4 title is not releasing this December. However, the director of the game has implied that the wait would be worth it, since the team behind it is going to enrich Kat’s story and the conclusion of her journey.
On Wednesday, “Gravity Rush 2” game director Keiichiro Toyama took to the official PlayStation blog to break the news that the release date for the game was moved to Jan. 20, 2017 from the previously announced release date of Dec. 2, 2016. Toyama said that they have decided to delay the game after "careful deliberation."
The game director also stated that the delay has been decided though production is going smoothly because they want to ensure that players will have adequate time to really dive deep into Kat’s story. Toyama further said that a lot of work was put into online features that would make it possible for players to interact asynchronously.
“I would like to apologize to all those players anxiously awaiting Gravity Rush 2. After four years of development making a title we are very proud of, we want to release it at the very best time,” Toyama added.
To make up for the wait, players will get the story DLC for the game free of charge. Originally, the DLC was intended to be a premium feature, as per DualShockers. The story DLC is set in the world of “Gravity Rush 2,” so Toyama believes players will have fun playing though this feature.
On a final note, Toyama teased that more information about the upcoming PS4 title and the special animated feature will be arriving “as we move into the holiday season and the New Year.”
IGN reports it is not clear if the decision to delay “Gravity Rush 2” has affected the release of the anime tie-in, since Toyama did not address this in his blog post. IGN also pointed out that the game’s previous release date would have crammed it in the same window as the holiday releases of “Final Fantasy XV,” “Pokémon Sun and Moon” and “The Last Guardian.”
With the new update from Toyama, “Gravity Rush 2” is now set for a Jan. 20, 2017 release in North America. It is also expected to arrive in Europe on Jan. 18 and in Japan on Jan. 19.