The release date for Bloodborne, the upcoming PS4-exclusive action RPG with gameplay based around a challenging difficulty, will be delayed in North America until March 24.
Masaaki Yamagiwa, the game’s producer, announced the delay Wednesday on the PlayStation Blog. The original release date was scheduled for Feb. 6. Yamagiwa said the delay is due to feedback received from the game’s alpha testing during the first week of October. The game will release on March 27 in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Bloodborne is in development by FromSoftware, produced by SCE Japan Studio and being published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Bloodborne was first revealed on June 9 during Sony’s E3 press conference as a major exclusive for the PS4.
The game takes place in a Victorian-inspired 19th century city called Yharnam and will expand to other areas throughout the game. One of its main features is a hard difficulty level requiring strategic play styles. Bloodborne will have an connected online experience with the game’s single-player gameplay through the PlayStation Network. It features new, quicker combat with transforming blade weapons and guns not seen in previous FromSoftware games. Another new feature called the Regain System will let players get back health for a limited period after taking damage from enemies by returning the attacks.
Demon’s Souls, the PS3 exclusive by FromSoftware that released for North America in October 2009, was the first game in this style by the developer that gained a cult following in part because of its sometimes unforgiving difficulty. The game wasn’t published by Sony Computer Entertainment in North America and Europe. The two follow-ups, Dark Souls (2011) and Dark Souls II (2014), were multiplatform for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
PS4-exclusive The Order: 1886 is still scheduled for a February release and multiplatform games Evolve and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will also come out that month.
Bloodborne has a collector’s edition for $79.99 that includes a steelbook case, an artbook and the game’s digital soundtrack.
Watch recent gameplay of Bloodborne from Gamescom this past August: