Digimon Survive Gets Conflicting Reports on its Release Date
It seems that Digimon Survive can't settle on an official release date, thanks to conflicting information from two official sources.
There’s been plenty of back and forth concerning the release of Digimon Survive. According to an official statement from a Bandai Namco representative, they stated that the previously reported on “switch from 2020 to TBA is a typo on Famitsu’s side” and that the game is still slated for a 2020 release.
This is also backed up by the official Toei Animation schedule released by a Chinese game site, which reinforces the release date:
However, according to the official Toei Animation Europe site Digimon Survive is slated for a January 2021 release window:
While it would make more sense to believe an official statement from the Japanese side of Toei, seeing these clear conflicts of information is a bit disconcerting. Hopefully we’ll receive some clarification on this matter soon (and a new trailer wouldn’t hurt either!).
In a past update, two other characters made their debut along with a well of info concerning the Free Action mechanic. There were other screenshots of the world and another character revealed before then. Bandai Namco also released a developer diary starring producers Habu Kzaumasa and Tsuzuki Katsuaki as they dug deep into the past, present, and future of Digimon video games. And of course this means they touched on Digimon Survive as well.
During the video Kazumasa delved into how the team is trying to build to something that will cater to both the hardcore and casual audiences. To do this, the team mashed up elements of old school tactical RPGs and adventure games. The devs hope this combo of gameplay styles will make the game more accessible for everyone.
Katsuaki also talked about the two different parts of Digimon Survive’s gameplay. The first, which he calls the “drama part,” is akin to a text adventure. You’ll be given a number of options and your choices will influence the story. The “battle part” is a standard tactical RPG; however, choices you make in the “drama part” will influence various conditions in these battles. You can also digivolve your Digimon during battle. This lets you open up opportunities to exploit your opponent’s weaknesses and finish them off in quick order.