During the Gamescom Opening Night Live livestream on Tuesday, Cygames captivated viewers with an enticing new trailer for Granblue Fantasy: Relink. The trailer unveiled an eagerly awaited launch date of February 1, 2024, when the game will become available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam.
Notably, Granblue Fantasy: Relink will break down barriers with cross-play functionality, uniting multiplayer experiences across the two consoles. This harmonious feature is anticipated to foster a vibrant gaming community.
The game’s global appeal is further emphasized by planned localizations in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. It’s worth noting that back in February 2019, Game Director Tetsuya Fukuhara affirmed the game’s intention for a simultaneous worldwide release.
However, the journey to this highly anticipated release hasn’t been without its share of challenges. The game’s development timeline has witnessed several setbacks, the most recent being in June 2022, when a delay was announced due to “internal and external circumstances pertaining to the novel coronavirus.” This delay was a result of the development team’s dedication to refining the game to its utmost potential in these crucial final stages.
Interestingly, Cygames took the reins of development from Platinum Games back in February 2019, signaling a pivotal shift in the game’s creative direction. The fruits of this transformation promise to be captivating, as Granblue Fantasy: Relink unfurls as an action role-playing masterpiece.
The intricate artwork, curated by Cygames and CyDesignation, forms the visual backbone, while the adept hands of Koichi Haruta (producer), Tetsuya Fukuhara (director), Hideo Minaba (character designer), and the musical prowess of Nobuo Uematsu and Tsutomu Narita collectively orchestrate an unparalleled experience. Within this exquisite tapestry lies a brand-new narrative waiting to be explored.
Players are presented with a choice: a male protagonist, often known as Gran in franchise lore, or a female lead referred to as Djeeta in the franchise’s wider media. The ensemble of companions joining this adventure includes familiar names like Lyria, Vyrn, Katalina, and Rackam, alongside a constellation of other cherished characters. Notably, Furycane assumes the role of a primal beast, while the formidable foe Id adds another layer of intrigue to the game.
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Granblue Fantasy, a saga that commenced in 2014 as a smartphone game, continues to captivate audiences. In tandem, Cygames’ Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising fighting game is poised to make its debut on November 30, enhancing the immersive universe even further.