Digimon Survive was announced almost four years ago. The game has received multiple delays in that time, some for development woes and others because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. But fans of the popular digital monsters popularized in the late 1990s finally have something to celebrate. Digimon Survive will release on July 29, 2022.
The release date was shared by producer Kazumasa Habu in a short update video shared on YouTube, as well as Twitter. Habu says the date is “fixed,” so hopefully there won’t be any more delays.
Hello everyone, my name is Kazumasa Habu, and I am the producer of Digimon Survive. Sorry to keep you waiting for updates on Digimon Survive. But today I would like to provide you with this exciting news: the release date for Digimon Survive has finally been fixed for July 29, 2022!
The Digimon Survive team is planning to deliver more exciting news to you in all forms. Please look forward to it and stay tuned. We are almost there!
To coincide with the release date news, new screenshots of Digimon Survive were shared to the Digimon Games Twitter account. They include screens of Agumon, Greymon, and Dokugumon, as well as Aoi, Saki, and Takuma.
We’ve made it official. Announced earlier today, #DigimonSurvive will be arriving on July 29, 2022!
— Digimon Games (@digimon_games) April 20, 2022
Digimon Survive is part adventure game, part visual novel, and part tactical RPG. Habu and the development have long stressed that the game will include plenty of drama (the story is about high schoolers after all) and tactical combat featuring the series’ most recognizable gimmick: digivolution.
In a 2019 developer diary, assistant producer Katsuaki Tsuzuki described the different gameplay philosophies and how they come together in Digimon Survive.
The drama part is also fairly orthodox in execution, with gameplay proceeding in a text adventure format. As the player advances in this mode, they come across something we call free actions. These free actions allow the player to select where in the other world they want to go to, choose what kind of characters they want to talk to, and what kinds of events they want to see take place, creating a classic adventure game with many branching paths.
The battle part involves tactical battles in its gameplay, and one of the most important elements here is that the choices the player made during the drama part affect the conditions of the battle or change its circumstances …
Another key feature of the battle part is that the monsters evolve during the battles themselves … as the player controls their Digimon in a fight, they can expend energy to evolve their Digimon.
A recent teaser trailer shows these Digimon Survive systems in action. Several spotlights over the years have provided fans more information on the game’s key characters and Digimon, including Miu Shinonome and Syakomon, Kaito Shinonome and Dracmon, Shuuji Kayama and Lopmon, and Saki Kimijuma and Floramon.
Digimon Survive will launch on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, alongside another prominent RPG by the name of Xenoblade Chronicles 3.