Yesterday we reported that the Square Enix action-RPG Forspoken was being again delayed. This time the game's slated October release was pushed back another three months to January 24, 2023. Developer Luminous Productions stated that the delay was "a result of ongoing discussions with key partners," without giving any further info.
This marked the game's second delay, after it was initially set to release on May 25 this year. And it comes in spite of the fact that by all appearances the game is very near completion.
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What this also means is that the debut of Microsoft's DirectStorage is also delayed, since Forspoken will be the first game to feature it (and it is highly unlikely that some other game implementing DirectStorage will release in the meantime).
Enthusiasts will no doubt be disappointed by the news. For those wondering what DirectStorage actually is, it is a new technology that promises to deliver faster load times and other improvements. Apparently it uses parallelization to reduce the volume of input/output (I/O) operations.
The feature is part of the much-touted Xbox Velocity Architecture. AMD and Nvidia each have their own versions of the technology, known as SmartAccess Storage and RTX IO respectively.
You may recall that the DirectStorage API for Windows launched back in March. It is compatible with both Windows 10 and Windows 11.