Today Cygames announced that the development of its upcoming console JRPG Granblue Fantasy Relink has been shifted back to its internal development teams.
The game has been in development at PlatinumGames over the past few years but the announcement on Cygames’ website mentions that its studios will take care of 100% of development going forward while remaining committed to delivering a game that can meet the expectation of the fans.
“Tokyo-based video game publisher and developer Cygames, Inc. (HQ: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Koichi Watanabe, hereinafter referred as “Cygames”) has recently been engaged in the co-development of the upcoming console game Granblue Fantasy: Relink together with esteemed developer PlatinumGames Inc.
Going forward, Cygames will handle 100% of development internally.
Cygames would like to assure everyone looking forward to the title that we remain committed to delivering a game that meets the expectation of our fan-base and gamers everywhere.”
PlatinumGames also made an announcement related to the end of the partnership, encouraging the fans to keep supporting the game.
“While we, PlatinumGames, have been working with Cygames in co-development of the upcoming console game Granblue Fantasy: Relink, we officially announce our contract on the project has come to an end. Development will still continue, but be handled solely by Cygames’ internal development team.
We would like to express our thanks to everyone who has shown interest in the project, and ask that the same support should continue for Granblue Fantasy: Relink as its production continues forward.”
While no detailed explanations have been offered, the wording appears to indicate that the development contract on the game simply ended.
When Granblue Fantasy was first announced, it was supposed to launch n 2018, so that would line up with a natural expiration of the collaboration.
Recently, Cygames has been hiring developers in its location in Osaka to work on the game.
If you want to learn more about the game, you can check out a recent gallery of awesome screenshots, some more info, a new trailer, and new gameplay. While it has been announced only for PS4, we also learned that its director is interested in working on Steam.
If you’d like to know what in the world is Granblue Fantasy and why it matters to you, you can read my recent article on the topic.