Fast & Furious Crossroads Release Date Now “Uncertain” After Fast 9 Delay
Following the almost year-long delay of Fast 9 from theaters, the upcoming Fast & Furious Crossroads' fate now remains unclear.
First revealed at last year’s The Game Awards ceremony, the upcoming Fast & Furious Crossroads was meant to bring the beloved movie franchise to consoles and PC this May, specifically to coincide with the upcoming Fast 9. However, with the film’s delay to April 2021–nearly a full year from its original release date–due to growing worldwide concerns over the coronavirus, the future of Crossroads seems to be up in the air.
In a statement to USGamer, developer Codemasters had confirmed that the launch of Crossroads–which was originally aimed for May 27, 2020–is now “uncertain” following the delay of Fast 9 from theaters this summer. The statement continued that “a further announcement will be made in due course to confirm the release date” of the game, when that timeline has been established.
With the wide-spreading impact of the coronavirus across the world and across numerous business, the entertainment industry specifically has been hit particularly hard with delays and cancellations of upcoming projects. Alongside other high-profile Hollywood releases that were aimed for this spring such as No Time to Die, A Quiet Place Part II, and Mulan, Fast 9 joined with them in being delayed to a later time, but ended up being pushed with a year-long delay in mind. At this time, No Time to Die is delayed until November, while A Quiet Place Part II and Mulan are delayed indefinitely.
Given that Crossroads–while not directly tied narratively to Fast 9–was meant to debut alongside the film this May, it would make sense that the game’s developers might opt to delay the game and time its release closer to the film. However, publisher Bandai Namco gave a statement that “the development team at Slightly Mad Studios and Codemasters will continue to finalize the game as planned,” making it unclear what the game’s release window will be at the moment.
Fast & Furious Crossroads is currently in development for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.