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Souls-Inspired Code Vein Delayed Until 2019

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Code Vein, the gothic action-RPG developed by studio Bandai Namco, has been pushed back to 2019.

Code Vein combines the Souls formula with Japanese art design principles, with developer Bandai Namco Studios well-known for its pedigree in highly stylised titles. Code Vein mirrors many gameplay sensibilities found in the Souls franchise, including intense boss fights and risky combat.

Fans have been optimistic about the project as Bandai Namco has been releasing regular updates, including robust character trailers, that demonstrate the different play styles and variety within the game.

The news of a delay comes as a small shock as the latest character teaser released earlier this week with no mention of an updated release date.

The reason behind the delay, according to Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe’s marketing vice president Herve Hoerdt, was due to the developer’s wish to improve on the game. The developer is anxious to exceed audience expectation following mixed feedback from various demo sessions.

Code Vein has also been taken off of the playable demo list for Gamescom 2018, implying that the game will be undergoing relatively significant changes.

There is no new information on precisely when in 2019 Code Vein will be released. Code Vein will be releasing on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One, with no confirmation of a Switch port at present.

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Sonic Team Says 2021 is the “Next Big Year” for Sonic

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It has been two years since the release of Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces, but Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka suggests that Sonic the Hedgehog will soon be in again.

During an E3 2019 interview with GameInformer‘s Brian Shea, Iizuka shed some light on what fans can expect in the next two years.

“2017 was a big year for Sonic. The next big year for Sonic is 2021. That’s the 30-year anniversary for Sonic. We are now preparing.”

Iizuka also gave a teasing “maybe” to the suggestion that players would see another big milestone game in 2021, similar to how Sonic Generations was treated in 2011.

Also touched on in Shea’s interview was Sonic’s drop dash, a move first introduced in Sonic Mania and later brought to Sonic Forces and the Sega Ages version of Nintendo Switch’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

“We had a good reaction for Sonic Mania, so that’s why we implemented it to Classic Sonic in Sonic Forces,” Iizuka said. “Drop dash is very [well-liked] now because of Sonic Mania. That’s why I requested it.”

At this year’s South by Southwest, Iizuka revealed that the next mainline Sonic game was already in development. With the Sonic the Hedgehog live-action film set for release in 2020, fans can be optimistic about 2021 being the year to see this new title.

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