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PlatinumGames no longer developing Granblue Fantasy action-RPG

Granblue Fantasy: Relink is now fully in the hands of Cygames

Four heroes battle a giant armored centaur monster in a screenshot from Granblue Fantasy: Relink. PlatinumGames/Cygames
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PlatinumGames is no longer working on Granblue Fantasy: Relink, the action role-playing game it had been co-developing with Cygames since 2016. According to a pair of statements from Platinum and Cygames, development on Granblue Fantasy: Relink is now fully in the hands of Cygames.

Granblue Fantasy: Relink is a spinoff of Cygames’ popular role-playing game Granblue Fantasy for mobile devices and web browsers. Relink will feature cooperative play for up to four players and PlatinumGames’ brand of character action-based combat, based on gameplay footage released last year. The game is bound for PlayStation 4.

“Going forward, Cygames will handle 100% of development internally,” Cygames said in a brief press statement. “Cygames would like to assure everyone looking forward to the title that we remain committed to delivering a game that meets the expectation of our fan-base and gamers everywhere.”

“While we, PlatinumGames, have been working with Cygames in co-development of the upcoming console game Granblue Fantasy: Relink, we officially announce our contract on the project has come to an end,” Platinum explained in its own similarly terse announcement. “Development will still continue, but be handled solely by Cygames’ internal development team.

“We would like to express our thanks to everyone who has shown interest in the project, and ask that the same support should continue for Granblue Fantasy: Relink as its production continues forward.”

PlatinumGames has since removed Granblue Fantasy: Relink from its website. The developer is currently working on other projects, including Bayonetta 3, World of Demons, and Babylon’s Fall.

Another Granblue Fantasy spinoff is in the works for release later this year. Fighting game Granblue Fantasy: Versus is being developed by Arc System Works and Cygames for PS4.

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