Wouldn’t chu believe it?
Those of you hoping to get fully immersed in the world of Ulala’s Swingin’ Report Show (and I’m assuming that’s everybody) will unfortunately have to wait a little longer. Developer Grounding Inc. has announced that Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash! has been hit with another delay, and will now launch in spring 2020.
The road to completion for the Space Channel 5 VR project has been a long one. After positive response to 2016’s Space Channel 5: Ukiukie Viewing Show experiment, Grounding began work on a full game – Kinda Funky News Flash! – with an initial 2018 release date. This then became 2019, with publishers confident the game would launch in the fall of this year.
Citing a desire to improve product quality, Grounding has now announced that the VR title will launch in spring of next year. Space Channel 5 is a beloved and underutilised franchise, and no-one wants to see it make a less-than-stellar return, so hopefully this delay will ensure the release of a quality VR experience when Ulala finally makes her comeback.
Grounding Inc. has also announced a Japanese livestream, set for December 16. The wildly-titled “Space Channel 5 VR x REALITY Gyungyun Live Stream: Space Channel 5 20th Anniversary Special” will feature gameplay footage, developer comments and “dance lectures,” and is viewable via the “REALITY” app, available on iOS and Android in Japan.
For the rest of us, Space Channel 5 VR: Kinda Funky News Flash is expected to launch spring 2020 on PSVR, SteamVR, Oculus, and HTC Vive.