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Square Enix announced Wednesday that upcoming fantasy open world game Forspoken has been delayed until Jan. 24, 2023.
This is the second delay for Forspoken in less than a year. The game was originally supposed to launch in May of 2022 for PlayStation 5 and PC. However, the developers said they felt they needed more time to polish the game for its release. That delay pushed the game’s launch date to October 2022. However, citing the same polishing reasons, Square Enix has announced another delay.
PlayStation 5 fans have had a back-and-forth day so far. Right before Forspoken was delayed, Sony Santa Monica revealed that God of War Ragnarok would release on Nov. 9, 2022. This would have given PS5 users two high-profile, AAA releases a few weeks apart from each other. Now, fans will have Ragnarok to keep them busy until late January 2023 when Forspoken is, hopefully, released.
Square Enix says this “strategic decision” was made to put the final touches on the game, the publishers said in a statement posted on Twitter. “As a result of ongoing discussions with key partners, we have made the strategic decision to move the launch date of Forspoken to Jan. 24, 2023. All game elements are now complete, and development is in its final polishing phase.”
— Forspoken (@Forspoken) July 6, 2022
While this might seem disappointing to fans at first, if it takes more time to launch a game in its best state, then it’s probably worth it. Forspoken is being developed by Luminous Productions, who is apparently trying to ensure that the game is as polished as possible upon release.
In the same statement that announced the delay, Square Enix also revealed that additional details about Forspoken are coming later this summer. It’s unclear if this could be a gameplay demo or simply information but fans will have to stay tuned to hear more about the game.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.