It's been almost one year since GungHo Online Entertainment revealed the bubble gum game Ninjala to the world, so what's the status on the development of this Switch title? Unfortunately, it will no longer be released this year and has instead been knocked back to spring 2020.

It means the development team now have more time to implement improvements and polish the game in preparation for its final release. Ninjala's executive producer Kazuki Morishita issued an apology and further explained how the team was adding more content to the game to provide a richer experience.

We must admit, this video message brings back memories of the Metroid Prime 4 development update video - when Shinya Takahashi revealed development on the highly anticipated release had been reset. Obviously, Ninjala's delay is only a minor setback in comparison, but it's still interesting to see a developer posting a video like this, rather than a releasing a short statement.

If you need a refresher, Ninjala is online multiplayer title incorporating bubble gum and foam-covered weapons, where descendants of ninjas do battle against each other in an urban environment. Visually, it's drawn comparisons to Nintendo's very own squid kid game, Splatoon 2. You can get a better idea of it in the below trailer:

What are your thoughts about this delay? Were you looking forward to playing it sooner rather than later? Tell us below.