Blue Protocol's gorgeous cel-shaded visuals made the online action-RPG hard to ignore when Bandai Namco Entertainment first unveiled it back in 2019. Keeping its over-the-top action surprisingly clean, the attention it drew towards it translated to a healthy number of people flocking to its closed beta tests. Several years have passed since its announcement, so it's time to see where its PC release date stands.
Blue Protocol's exact PC release date was shrouded in mystery for a long while but, as we reached the middle of 2023, we learned more about its release plans, including whether or not we can expect it to launch outside of Japan.
Blue Protocol PC Release Date
The MMORPG's Japanese launch was slated to occur at some point in 2021 before it got pushed back by a rather significant amount of time. It then aimed for a spring launch in Japan, which it almost ended up missing.
As pointed out by Gematsu, Blue Protocol is currently aiming for a June 14, 2023 release date in Japan. Its western launch has also been delayed.
- Blue Protocol PC release date: June 14, 2023 (Japan), 2024 (global release)
Western audiences originally expected the game to arrive at some point during the second half of 2023, thanks to a publishing agreement between Bandai Namco and Amazon Games. It has now been pushed to 2024.
"Our planned release window is moving to 2024 as we work toward launching Blue Protocol in the West across PC, Xbox X|S, and PlayStation 5," the publisher explained.
"With continued efforts to localize the deeply immersive stories and build the infrastructure needed to engage in multiplayer adventures and massive online raids against towering monsters, we’re working hard to ensure the best possible experience for our players at launch."
A PC Closed Beta test is still scheduled to take place outside of Japan at some point later in 2023.
Blue Protocol is headed to PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PS5, launching with five playable classes. We'll be able to customize our avatars and play through its story mode either alone or alongside others.
Dungeons and raids require teamwork, as do the open world bosses that can occasionally spawn across the map.
We expect to learn more about Blue Protocol's western release date over the coming months, and we'll be sure to update this article as soon as there's anything new to report.
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