Level-5 delays four games to 2024

This includes Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time.

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A screenshot of the town in Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time.

Level-5 has a lot going on right now, juggling multiple games in development. Two of them were announced at the Nintendo Direct in February 2023, while some of them (there is overlap) were shown off earlier this year at Level-5’s Vision 2023 Tsuzumi event. Four of these titles had a release window of 2023, but I think as the year went on we all knew that wasn’t going to happen. Today, at Level-5’s Vision 2023 II event, four delays were officially announced alongside a release window for one upcoming title.

The first delay is Decapolice. The crime suspense RPG was supposed to launch in 2023, and that’s been pushed back to 2024; unfortunately, there’s nothing more specific than that. The game contains a vast open world that the developer describes as being an “unprecedented size,” dense, and immersive. Decapolice will be released for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

Up next is Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road, which will also launch in 2024 instead of 2023. The soccer RPG will have a worldwide beta test demo for Nintendo Switch in March 2024, so it will launch sometime after that. The beta test includes some single-player options, some online player-versus-player options, and chapter one of Story Mode. Inazuma Eleven: Victory Road will be released for iOS/Android, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

The third delayed title is, again, no surprise – but a major bummer nonetheless. I’ve been waiting nearly a decade for a proper sequel to Fantasy Life (the second title ended up as a mobile game that was shut down pretty quickly) and I’ll be getting that next year with Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time. The social slow-life RPG will launch in (Northern) summer 2024 worldwide; a specific release date has been set but Level-5 won’t let it slip for “strategic reasons.” Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time will be released for Nintendo Switch.

The final game delay is Megaton Musashi: Wired. Unlike the other titles, a specific release date of April 25, 2024 has been announced. The mecha action RPG features a story mode that is a sequel to the final episode of the animated series. Multiplayer options include co-op and player-versus-player. Megaton Musashi: Wired will be released for PC via Steam, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

In addition to the four delays, there is a bit of news about Professor Layton and the New World of Steam. When it was announced, there was no release date attached; it is now confirmed that the mystery puzzle adventure game is set to launch in 2025. It is set one year following the events of Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. Professor Layton and the New World of Steam will be released for Nintendo Switch.

You can watch the entire event here.

Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

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