Digimon Survive Delayed, What Happened, Timeline Explained

Tactical JRPG Digimon Survive (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Steam) was delayed several times and is now coming in 2022

October 28, 2021

Bandai Namco and Toei Animation delayed Digimon Survive (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Steam) from 2021 to 2022 – The tactical JRPG featuring choices that matter and can led to character deaths has been delayed several times now, here’s what happened to it.

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Was Digimon Survive canceled? New 2022 delay (October 28, 2021 update)

On October 28, Digimon Survive producer Kazumasa Habu tweeted a new statement regarding the game’s development. He explained it’s necessary to allocate more time to the game’s development, moving the release date to 2022.

Kazumasa Habu added this wasn’t an easy decision, but the team is hard at work to increase the quality of Digimon Survive. The tactical JRPG is not canceled. Digimon as a franchise is still continuing too, and recently a brand new series, Digimon Ghost Game was launched.

What happened to Digimon Survive? (July 28, 2021)

On July 28, 2021, Toei Animation published its financials for the first quarter of the ongoing fiscal year, which ends on March 2022. In the additional materials of the report, the anime studio’s schedule revealed that Digimon Survive was delayed to 2022. (Thanks, @Renka_Schedule)

Digimon Survive was first announced on July 21, 2018, in Japan for PS4 and Nintendo Switch, with a 2019 release estimate. The game was also announced for North America and Europe on July 30, on the same platforms plus PC via Steam and Xbox One.

However, nearly nothing else was revealed back then for months. which even led fans to believe it was canceled. On April 22, 2019, game producer Habu Kazumasa tweeted that the game was not canceled, with news coming that summer. And sure enough, we learned much more about Digimon Survive in Summer 2019, with a dev diary, new details on the story, characters, and the gameplay mechanics. The game was also delayed to 2020.

Digimon tactical JRPG on PS4, Switch, Xbox, Stea – Delays timeline explained

This is when things got more complicated:

  • On April 23, 2020, Famitsu Magazine, in its calendar for future releases, stated Digimon Survive was undefinitely delayed
  • Contacted by Gematsu, Bandai Namco stated this was a typo on Famitsu magazine’s side
  • On August 2, 2020, Toei Animation Japan on its official schedule still listed the game for 2020. However, Toei Animation Europe listed the game’s release date as January 2021
  • On August 8, 2020, Toei Animation Europe updated its site again, removing the January 2021 releae date estimate for Digimon Survive

Lastly, on October 8, 2020, Habu Kazumasa tweeted that the game’s development process and the schedule were being reviewed. This led to an official statement being published on October 15, 2020, announcing a 2021 delay:

And now, Digimon Survive was delayed to 2022. The Digimon Games Twitter account hasn’t made an official announcement yet. Habu Kazumasa has not tweeted lately, and his last tweet dates to November 2020:

Digimon Survive is one of the many games whose development has been hit badly by the pandemic, and hopefully, we’ll see its release in 2022.

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