A character firing a blaster in Star Wars: Hunters

Star Wars: Hunters Delayed Until 2023

July 18, 2022

By: Joseph Allen

 
 

Zynga has announced that a need for more polish has seen Star Wars: Hunters delayed. The upcoming multiplayer arena combat game is now set to release for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices next year, although updates will continue in areas where the game has already been soft-launched.

Why was Star Wars: Hunters delayed?

According to a tweet by Star Wars: Hunters publisher Zynga, the game has been delayed in order to ensure it can "meet the high expectations" of Star Wars fans and gamers around the world (good luck with that, Zynga). The studio says it understands that game delays are a frustrating proposition, but that its top priority is making the best possible game. It's not all bad news, though: Zynga has confirmed that in areas where Star Wars: Hunters has already been soft-launched, such as India or the Philippines, updates will continue to arrive. If you have been playing it and enjoying it, you won't need to worry about it getting shut down due to this delay.

 

A Sith lightsaber user battling in Star Wars: Hunters
Star Wars: Hunters is being pushed back to 2023, but players in areas where the game has been soft-launched will still be able to play it.

What is Star Wars: Hunters?

Star Wars: Hunters is an upcoming multiplayer arena battler being developed by Zynga subsidiary NaturalMotion. Part of the studio's push to release more games for consoles, Hunters was originally announced during the Nintendo Direct presentation in February 2021. It sees a colorful cast of Star Wars characters duking it out in teams of 4 and takes place in recognizable locations from the series. Naturally, you'll also have the ability to augment your character with various different weapon and outfit cosmetics.

A smuggler character firing a blaster at enemies in Star Wars: Hunters
Star Wars: Hunters promises fast-paced 4v4 action set in iconic locations from the franchise.

When Star Wars: Hunters does arrive next year, you'll be able to play it on Nintendo Switch, as well as iOS and Android-based mobile devices. It'll fully support cross-play between devices and will also be free-to-play (although there will obviously also be in-game purchases for things like extra cosmetics and battle passes). We'll bring you more on Star Wars: Hunters, including a potential new release date, as soon as we get it, so stay tuned for more info.