Modus Games has announced the delay of its RPG Cris Tales. The game was initially scheduled to release today, November 17, but has now been delayed into 2021. No specific date was given, only a general time frame.
In a message from the developers, the team expressed their sadness over the decision. The game first began development in 2014 and was hoping to launch this year. Unfortunately, the team hit some setbacks, which hasn’t been uncommon this year. Many developers have been delaying their games because of the current situation in the world.
Also causing the delay was a desire to resolve issues and implement feedback from players. A demo was released on consoles, and the team has heard the feedback from players. They want to address the feedback received so that players will receive the best experience possible. This extra time will be used to further polish Cris Tales before its launch next year.
Cris Tales stars Time Mage Crisbell, who has recently awakened. She must journey across Crystallis and the four Kingdoms to stop the powerful Time Empress. In doing so, she will rewrite the future of the world and everyone living in it.
We have made the tough decision to delay Cris Tales to 2021. This gives the team time to make the game they’ve been dreaming of making.
— Cris Tales (@CrisTalesGame) October 14, 2020
Along the way, Crisbell will meet powerful allies like Matias the Frog, and Willhelm the Child Mage. Each party member has a unique story and skills to utilize in battle.
The game contains more than 20 hours of gameplay with turn-based combat. There are multiple endings, but players will have to strategize to see the game’s True Ending. The decisions players make will shape the future of the world.
Cris Tales was inspired by classic JRPGs like Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy VI, Valkyrie Profile, plus more recently released games like Bravely Default and Persona 5.
The game has hand-drawn 2D artwork that was animated frame-by-frame. The artwork brings the world of Crystallis to life, where players can explore shining kingdoms, the slums of Saint Clarity, and more.
For those who want to experience the game now, the “Debut Demo” is available on the official website and on Steam. The demo contains an introduction into the game, plus a mini-Colosseum experience for eight progressively harder battles.
Cris Tales is now scheduled to launch in early 2021 for PC, Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.