Today Bushiroad announced that the upcoming anime-inspired shoot 'em up Macross: Shooting Insight has been delayed.
The publisher had previously promised that the game would come by the end of 2023, but it'll take a little longer according to a post shared on X (previously Twitter).
The new release date is January 25, 2024, so it's not a massive delay.
The game is coming for PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, and we already know that it's going to include an English localization.
Unfortunately, albeit not officially confirmed, it appears that all content and characters from the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross series and the "Do You Remember Love?" movie may be omitted from the English version, likely thanks to Harmony Gold blocking all good things as usual.
If you'd like to know more about Macross: Shooting Insight, you can check out a trailer recently showcased at a Bushiroad event from Japan. You can also read more details You about the title in our previous article about story and gameplay, another about simulated battles, and one more about replays and the sync system.
If you're unfamiliar with Macross, it's one of the most famous and beloved sci-fi and mecha anime franchises of all time, having debuted in Japan in 1982 from the genius of Studio Nue and Shoji Kawamori (who recently did the mecha design for Marvelous' Daemon Ex Machina). It focuses on the humanity's battle to find its place in space with the help of powerful variable fighters that can transform between three different forms: mech, fighter jet, and a hybrid between the two known as Gerwalk. Another relevant theme of the franchise is the uniting power of music and songs.
Since its original creation, the IP has sparked plenty of sequels and additional releases on other media. The latest TV series, Macross Delta, aired in 2016, followed by two theatrical movies.
Unfortunately, its popularity in the west has been hindered by the abysmal work made by licensee Harmony Gold, which completely warped it and remixed it with the basically unrelated series Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber Mospeada, creating the unsightly Frankenstein monster known at Robotech.
While a recent deal with Big West finally enabled the western launch of many of the Macross productions, the original series and its movie are still being held hostage by Harmony Gold to this day, much to the dismay of the fans.