The Wonderful 101 Remaster’s Physical Copies Delayed Due to COVID-19

Digital copies are still on track for this month.

The coronavirus pandemic continue to rub its grubby little paws over another game release, as PlatinumGames has announced physical copies of the upcoming The Wonderful 101 remaster will be seeing about a month-long delay.

In a post on its social channels, Platinum confirmed that while the remastered Wii U game is still set to launch digitally on its originally projected May 19 release date in North America and May 22 release date in Europe, physical copies won’t arrive to stores until June 30 in North America and July 3 in Europe.

In other news:

The Wonderful 101’s remaster was the first of four (but actually five) announcements PlatinumGames began rolling out this year called “The Platinum 4.” The remaster was leaked ahead of time, and was eventually revealed as a Kickstarter campaign set up by Platinum to fund ports of the game for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC. The studio very quickly reached its funding goal, and raised over ¥235,320,528 (roughly the equivalent of $2.2 million USD).

Beyond bringing The Wonderful 101 to modern systems, the company’s Platinum 4 announcements also included the reveal of a brand new IP tentatively titled Project G.G. While very little is known about the game at this point, the reveal trailer bills it as the spiritual successor to Viewtiful Joe and The Wonderful 101, both of which were under the direction of Director Hideki Kamiya, making it the “powerful climax to the Hideki Kamiya superhero trilogy.” Whatever the game does end up being called by the time it hits store shelves, Project G.G. will be PlatinumGames’ first shake at self-publishing after it made an investment deal with Tencent back in January.

On a larger scale, the Platinum 4 announcements also came with news that Platinum is opening a new studio in Tokyo that will focus on making service games for console, while the studio’s home base in Osaka will continue to work on single player action games along the lines of BayonettaNier: Automata, and Project G.G.

But even with all of these announcements, there’s still one in the pipeline over at Platinum, as the company used its fourth announcement for an April Fool’s Joke, then added a fifth mystery announcement to its website that it has yet to unveil as of this writing. What could it be? Well, as much as some of us would like to hear more about Bayonetta 3, which went radio silent after its initial announcement back in 2017, Platinum seems to be using the Platinum 4 announcements to reveal new projects or undertakings at the studio, rather than updates on already announced games. Doesn’t mean it’s entirely out of the question, but we’ve just got to keep our expectations in check when bad news can just swoop in at a moment’s notice. Like the delay of The Wonderful 101’s physical copies.