As if mid-January isn’t depressing enough, it seemed that almost every video game related piece of news we’ve received recently has been a bit of a downer.
First up: we heard that the remake of Final Fantasy VII was being delayed, though in this instance we’re only being asked to wait a further month. Surely, with most fans having already played the game in its original form – and likely multiple times by now – they’d be fine with waiting an extra month for the remake? Apparently not.
Then there was the update on Cyberpunk 2077, with CD Projekt Red issuing a statement explaining that Keanu Reeves Is Your Imaginary Friend Simulator would be delayed from its originally mooted April release until September. The internet was not happy. Being one of my most anticipated games of 2020, I was somewhat disappointed, but at least it’ll give me time to work through the rest of that pesky Jurassic World: Evolution game that I can’t seem to put down.
Oh, and the Avengers game from Square Enix was delayed until September too. Ever since its lacklustre reveal – partly due to the off-brand look of its characters – the excitement for this one couldn’t have been any lower. Which is surprising, right? Here we have one of the most well respected video game companies in the world, releasing a game based on what is surely the biggest property in pop culture right now – and no one batted an eyelid at the delay.
Finally, social media exploded with rage and disappointment at the reveal of the 80th character for the insanely popular Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – and not without reason. Byleth, a character from Fire Emblem, joins the roster. Though in isolation the character looks fine, the fact that it’s yet another Fire Emblem character in a game that now has 8 of them (yep, that’s 10% of the roster) is actually pretty disappointing. Fans had been gearing themselves up for a massive reveal and were expecting something far more exciting; with all of the possibilities on offer from across the history of video games, getting an eighth Fire Emblem character was not the outcome that anyone was anticipating.
Let’s hope that next week is better for game news, eh? The last thing we need is for Animal Crossing to be delayed, for example…