Arc System Works and Cygames announced Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising has been delayed to December 14, 2023. Creative director Tetsuya Fukuhara also shared a message to fans regarding the delay and the second open beta test.
The delay has also affected the roadmap of upcoming pre-release events for Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising. For example, Granblue Showcase: Part 2 – GBVSR will now take place on December 2. Moreover, the new deadline for redeeming Granblue Special Item Set: GBVSR Pack is April 30, 2024. Fukuhara’s latest message delves deeper into the reasons why the game was delayed.
Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising Delayed
Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising was originally supposed to release on November 30, 2023 before being delayed. Fortunately, players may enjoy the second Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising open beta test this month while waiting for the full game this December.
Here’s Fukuhara’s message regarding the game’s delay, via Cygames:
Cause of the Delay
After our first online beta was held in July, the development team pulled out all the stops to rework the game’s mechanics and battle design in time for the initially scheduled release date. Despite our best efforts, however, it has become clear to me that additional time will be needed to put the finishing touches on the game.
Upon completing our adjustments to the game’s battle mechanics, we revealed the changes during our Balance and System Adjustments stream on October 20 and the first public playtest at the “GBVS Official Tournament, vol. 7” last weekend, where they were met with an overwhelmingly positive reception.
However, due to the number of modes that were affected by these changes, we found the overall impact to be much larger than anticipated, and decided that, in order to meet player expectations, we would need two more weeks of polish and debugging to put out a truly high-quality product. We regret announcing this as the second beta is just around the corner, but please rest assured that the beta schedule itself has not changed.
Lastly, Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising releases December 14 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam.