Hucast’s upcoming Dreamcast exclusive sh’mup Ghost Blade was scheduled to release in December 2014, however the German based studio’s programmer left the team due to an outbreak of war in his part of the world.
The following message was shared with the community on their official blog:
Unfortunately our programmer has left the team since there’s war in his country, so he has bigger problems to deal with now.
The geographical location of the programmer was not shared which has provided us with a unique opportunity to explore real world problems and briefly discuss all countries the are engaged in war. According to TestTube (the attached video) Israel/Palestine, Russia/Ukraine and Iraq/Syria are not the only countries going through armed conflict. The definition of war has been basically reduced to two or more countries involved in on going violence that has resulted in over a thousand casualties with in a year.
Just take a second to take that in:
- A thousand casualties with in a year.
- 18 countries meet the criteria.
- Countries with excessive violence include Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Israel, Libya, Nigeria, Palestine, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine.
- Most of these countries are also experiencing civil war, which involved the country fighting it’s own people.
Back to Ghost Blade, the developer shared some more information on Ghost Blade:
The good news is that we have a new programmer that will continue his work. Well, this is still a major draw back from development and will push the release of Ghost Blade for Dreamcast to 2015 since we need more time to re-write the code to fit our new development environment.
A new trailer will come out early October and a new release date will be announced in January next year.
The trailer has not been released yet, however an official website is now live though most of the pages are empty with “coming soon” serving as place holder.
We will discuss Ghost Blade in more detail once the trailer arrives. Hopefully it wouldn’t be to long now. Let’s us know in the comments how you feel about the delay as well as our little excretion to discuss real world problems masked as a news story about an upcoming video games?