Update #2 [Thu 5th Aug, 2021 00:55 BST]: You might find this hard to believe, but Monster Harvest has been delayed for the third time in a row.
Merge Games and Maple Powered Games are now promising the upcoming farming sim meets critter collecter adventure will arrive on 31st August, across all platforms – including the Nintendo Switch.
Here’s a message from the team, explaining why the game has been delayed again:
We know you’ll be disappointed and we do not take these decisions lightly. There was one final development hurdle to jump over that didn’t quite work out and pushing back a little was necessary to deliver exactly what we want players to experience. There’s a wonderful community that has sprouted up around Monster Harvest and we absolutely want to do right by the community, even when it means making what could be a disappointing decision.
The Steam demo is still there and available to play! Your progress in the demo will carry over to the full game, though you may want to consider starting fresh and taking advantage of any improvements and fixes added by that point.
Thank you so much for the continued support and your patience as we make sure Planimal Point is ready for your arrival!
Update #1 [Tue 8th Jun, 2021 00:55 BST]: Following on from the original delay, pushing the game from May to a July release, Monster Harvest has now been delayed again. Its physical and digital release will now arrive on 19th August.
The developer Maple Powered Games has shared the following statement, explaining how it wants the game to ship in the “best shape possible”:
“Delays are awful, we are sorry to let down our friends and fans, yet we want to make sure we dispatch Monster Harvest in the best shape possible so that our whole community will enjoy it. We realized how important it is to ensure high-quality support for as many regions as possible right from launch day, even if that means having to push back our release date by just over a month. We are shipping the game by August 19th, with no further days and it’ll be worth it when we show what we have in store for you.”
Original story [Fri 23rd Apr, 2021 00:55 BST]: Game delays have become increasingly common over the past year, and today, publisher Merge Games is adding another one to the pile of releases that won’t make it on time.
Yes, for everyone looking forward to Monster Harvest‘s arrival next month on 13th May, the digital release of this Stardew Valley x Pokémon-style game has now been moved to 8th July. Physical versions have also been pushed back – with the North America release now arriving on 20th July, and the European launch following on 23rd July.
The reason behind this delay is apparently due to the “wonderful community feedback” during the beta:
“First, the bad news. The train to Planimal Point is slightly delayed and we have moved Monster Harvest back to July 8th. We ran a closed beta and had some wonderful feedback from our testers, but we made the decision that we wanted to increase the amount of content in the game for release based on that feedback. So whilst we’re very sorry to delay your trip to Planimal Point, the good news is that we’re extremely excited to bring you a game with some fantastic additions on release!
This additional content on release will include a dungeon minimap, variant dungeon rooms (with rare and unique encounters), unlockable Planimal attacks, more crop variations, new additions to town (including an overhaul to NPC’s and relationships), expanded farm size, more structured goals and rewards and a new female character model.
For those that don’t know, Monster Harvest is an action RPG where you grow, mutate and collect crops and then take them into battle. You can learn more about Monster Harvest in our previous post. Will you be able to hold out until July? Leave a comment down below.