Manticore: Galaxy on Fire was supposed to launch on the Switch last week, but was pulled at the last minute. 

Manticore's lead designer Patrick Imbusch has issued a statement on the delay, explaining why it didn't make it to the eShop as expected:

It seems most of you have noticed that we posted a message about the last minute delay on the Switch’s news channel and a couple of sites picked it up as well. If you haven’t read it yet, here it is:

“Dear fans and players, Deep Silver is sorry to inform you that the release of Manticore – Galaxy On Fire on the Nintendo eShop has been delayed. Right now, we’re working hard to bring the best-possible sci-fi gaming experience to your Nintendo Switch.

We will be updating you with more details as well as the new release date in the coming days. If you pre-ordered the game, please note that your purchase is still valid and you will be able to access the game as soon as it’s released.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.”

I can’t give you a lot more details at this point, but you can probably imagine it’s a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved, as we were just excited as you to see reviews, discussions and especially you guys getting your hands on it today. We didn’t make that decision lightly, but it had to be done due to an unexpected issue that basically occurred at the very last minute and despite our best efforts couldn’t be fixed in time.

We’re working very closely with Nintendo to keep you updated and people who pre-ordered will receive a separate message by Nintendo soon. We will announce a new release date in just a few days and while it’s not 100% set in stone yet, you can be sure it’s not going to take months but only a few weeks till the game (finally) launches.

Again, thanks for your understanding, we appreciate it a lot.

Naturally, those who paid for the pre-load the game may wish to spend their cash elsewhere, so Nintendo has sent out emails offering refunds:

The reason you are receiving this email is that you were identified as having pre-purchased the Manticore – Galaxy on Fire game for Nintendo Switch. Although the game was set to be released on 3/22/18, we’re sorry to report that the release is being delayed. We are unable to provide its new release date, but assure you that the developer and Nintendo are working hard to release it as soon as possible.

We hope you are willing to wait to enjoy this great game; however, if you wish to cancel your pre-purchase and have your funds returned to your Nintendo Switch eShop account, please contact Nintendo Consumer Service at 1-800-255-3700. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

Were you hoping to play this last week? Will you be holding out for the new release date or asking for a refund? Let us know with a comment.

[via nintendoeverything.com]