Gravity Rush 2 release date delayed to January 2017, premium DLC will be free as apology

The PlayStation 4-exclusive action-adventure game Gravity Rush 2 has been delayed and will launch next year on January 20 in North America and the United Kingdom and on January 18 in Europe. Originally, the release date was supposed to be December 2 in North America and the UK and on November 30 in Europe.

Gravity Rush 2 director Keiichiro Toyama broke news of the delay on the US PlayStation Blog, explaining that “though production is proceeding smoothly, the landscape for that release date has changed dramatically.” Toyama is most likely referring to the two high-profile titles, Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian, that are set to launch around the time of Gravity Rush 2’s original launch date.

Preimum DLC free to compensate for Gravity 2 release date delay

To make up for the delay, the planned premium DLC will be made available free of charge. “This additional story will take place in the world of Gravity Rush 2 and we think fans will have a lot of fun playing through it,” said Toyama.

You can read Toyama’s full statement on the US PlayStation Blog.

While the delay is a bummer, the decision makes sense from a business perspective and there won’t be a shortage of new games this holiday season. It is, however, one less PlayStation-exclusive for 2016. On the plus side, we can imagine the Gravity Rush 2 development team will be able to use the extra time to further polish the game.