Bandai Namco has pushed back the debut of its forthcoming action MMORPG Blue Protocol from 2023 to 2024. Blue Protocol, announced at The Game Awards 2022, resulted from a partnership between Bandai Namco, a titan in the Japanese gaming industry, and Amazon Games, a relatively new AAA publisher.
Bandai Namco Studios has recently released games like the epic RPG Tales of Arise and the vampire action game Code Vein, reminiscent of Souls. Players can join Blue Protocol, the studio’s next role-playing game (RPG), to take on online quests, bosses, and even raids. This has piqued the interest of fans of the studio’s previous titles.
Although this is a departure from Bandai Namco Studios’ usual fare of story-driven, single-player RPGs, the studio’s loyal fanbase would be well to keep faith in the developer’s ability to tell compelling tales. Even while games like Blue Protocol typically have a weak narrative, it is still possible that the game’s story and characters will be engaging.
Blue Protocol said on Twitter that the release date for Japan is June 14 and that the release date for the rest of the world has been put out to 2024. In addition, Blue Protocol explained that the delay was partly caused by localization efforts in a post on its website. The PC closed beta test is still scheduled for later this year, as was stated in the same position.
We’re excited to celebrate Bandai Namco Online & Bandai Namco Studios’ announcement for Blue Protocol’s Japan release on June 14!
Our release is moving to 2024 as we work toward launching in the West across PC, Xbox X|S, and PlayStation 5.
— BLUE PROTOCOL (@BLUEPROTOCOL) May 23, 2023
Bandai Namco Studios is also hard at work on one of the most anticipated fighting games, Tekken 8, in addition to Blue Protocol. Bandai Namco has a lot riding on this year’s major Tekken release, with Mortal Kombat 1 from NetherRealm and Street Fighter 6 from Capcom coming out.
One possible explanation for Blue Protocol’s later release in the West is that the developer’s attention was diverted to Tekken 8. Blue Protocol’s development resources are unlikely to be distracted from Tekken 8 with over 1,200 personnel and Bandai Namco Online’s backing.
After a disappointing debut with New World and the cancellation of a Lord of the Rings MMO a few years ago, Amazon Games has been battling to achieve consistent success as the publisher of Blue Protocol.
With the recent success of Lost Ark and the announcement of a new Lord of the Rings MMO, Amazon Games’ publishing efforts may take off if Blue Protocol is well received. Western fans of Bandai Namco will have to wait another year to jump into the massively multiplayer online world of Blue Protocol.
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