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Hack and slash 'Code Vein' delayed until 2019

Code Vein is a hack and slash action game which was supposed to launch on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 this year. A few weeks ago, Bandai Namco stated that the title would launch on September 27, 2018 in Japan and a day later in western markets. Unfortunately, today the company announced that Code Vein was pushed back to 2019. It's unclear when in 2019 the title will launch as no release window was provided.

Bandai Namco issued the following statement announcing the delay.

Throughout its pre-release promotion campaign, Code Vein has consistently garnered positive reactions from both media and consumers alike. With this knowledge in-hand, Bandai Namco... has made the decision to dedicate additional time to further develop Code Vein; ensuring the final product delivers on the expectations set amongst media and fans.

Hopefully Code Vein will be a polished experience when it launches in 2019. We'll keep you posted as soon as we receive more information.

The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world following a terrible event that throws humanity into chaos. After huge thorns emerge from the ground, these mysterious objects leave the world is a state of disrepair. What's left of humanity is wiped out by hostile creatures that accompany the thorns.

The only survivors of the cataclysm are now vampires who have to feed on blood in order to stay alive. Trained to wield an array of weapons and supernatural abilities, these vampires try to slay the monsters roaming the streets and harvest their blood. The game appears to be more focused on trying to survive in this harsh environment rather than an epic quest to restore humanity.

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11 Comments
  • Not really a game I see many Xbox players getting into anyways.
  • The same was said about Nier Automata.
  • So you have sales numbers of Nier on XB1?
  • This type of attitude is the reason why PS4 could have so many exclusives, and so many games release on PS4, Switch, PC, but not on Xbox One. Why all other platform gamer wants whatever games on their platform and Xbox players want many games NOT on their platform? Stupid attitude.
  • The reason Japanese devs don't do Xbox is because
    1) Except Dragon Ball, FF and a few other IPs, they don't think (most of) their games have global appeal.
    2) Xbox in Japan ≒ non existing. Some other factors...
    1) GKs in the company / high up.
    2) Most Japanese gamers will wait for a PS / Switch version.
    3) Console market in Japan is shrinking YOY.
    4) Xbox has 0 retail support. Unbreakable loop. Border Break, the DirectX arcade game runs on Windows 7, has a PS4 port recently. The reason it's not coming to Xbox (runs Win10 + DirectX ) is because of budget & BP estimation.
    A Xbox port is possible only if it does well on PS4. * Why Japanese console market is shrinking?
    Is Japan == Anime + Manga + Game?
    No.
    1) Manga is the only medium widely accepted by general public.
    2) (the current gen) Game and Anime are actually competing with each other, targeting the same user group.
    That is why Nintendo is the only one that is still doing good in Japan and WW. * How to break the unbreakable loop?
    iPhone for example, the secret sauce to its success in Japanese market,
    1) SB pushed it sooo very hard like their life depended on it
    2) Japanese phones are... no good, in general.
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    Exaggerate, dramatic, like watching stage-drama. > same was said about Nier
    tbh, I don't think Nier is doing particular well
  • It should, and if it isn't shame on the players, Nier Automata is arguably one of the greatest narratives ever to hit a video game.
  • Scores from critics / fans and sales are two total different things, they are unrelated. Statistics is the only thing that is meaningful, that devs care. People who chat on the internet (enthusiasts, master race, whatever) are not the only gamer. Yes, we are the minority.
  • "Statistics is the only thing that is meaningful, that devs care."
    Way to generalize devs... That is probably important to most publishers but devs?? hmm I don't really know...
  • btw, my estimate... Nier prob sold around 2.1m WW on PS4.
  • Cant not wait for this game to release hurry up 2019.