A gradual change of release dates is currently underway to prevent the most highly anticipated RPGs from bumping into each other this holiday season.
The most recent domino to fall is Stray Gods, a new RPG partly developed by Dragon Age writer David Gaider. Originally he was scheduled to be released on August 3rd, but it was delayed by a week and he is now on August 10th. The move follows his Larian Studios decision to delay his PC release of Baldur’s Gate 3 to avoid Starfield.
Stray Gods developer Summerfall Studios was candid about their decision to change the release date, saying they wanted to avoid the Larian monstrosity that has been gaining momentum on Steam since the infamous bear sex reveal (i.e. bear druids and It means you can have romance) shape).
“We want to give everyone enough room to check out Stray Gods when it launches. We want to give space to celebrate Stray Gods,” the studio said in a statement. Posted on social media channels.
The postponement of Stray Gods is likely part of the ripple effect started with Starfield’s delay from 2022 to 2023. This seemed to put Todd Howard’s work in direct competition with Tear of the Kingdom before it was finally released. Pushed in September. As a result of this, Larian Studios changed his Baldur’s Gate 3 and also inspired Stray Gods.
Stray Gods will be released on August 10th. pic.twitter.com/xTEevmEPLb
— Summerfall Studios – Stray Gods coming August 10th 🎉 (@Summerfallgames) July 13, 2023
All in all, it’s going to be a pretty fulfilling holiday season for RPG fans. Baldur’s Gate 3, Starfield and Stray Gods have all received positive feedback from fans, including a Super Mario RPG remake coming to Switch later this year. not
Stray Gods is Summerfall Studios’ first project. The production is advertised as a ‘role-playing musical’, inspired in part by Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s famous musical episode ‘Once More With Feelings’. It’s written by Gaider, who previously worked on Dragon Age and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. It uses 2D hand-drawn visuals and looks really nice overall.
Stray Gods is set to release on Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on August 3rd.
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