No Tales of Festival this year, for everyone's health and safety.
In light of health concerns from the continuing threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Tales of Festival 2020 has been postponed to next year, Bandai Namco Entertainment Japan announced today. The full message, which can be found on the official website, is translated below:
For now, it is unsure if the tickets bought for the June Tales of Festival will be carried over for the March 2021 one or if customers will just get a full-on refund. It is also still unclear if there would be a clear distinction for a Tales of Festival 2020 and 2021. Regardless, this is all in the interest of everyone's safety. There is currently also no news yet on what will happen to those who pre-ordered merchandise for the Festival recently.
With this regard, the postponement of Tales of Festival 2020 does not necessarily mean the postponement of news for upcoming games. We've seen Bandai Namco announce games or new information in other means before, and with the increasing popularity of online events and gaming announcements, this doesn't seem far off.
Bandai Namco already did announce the possibility of the event being cancelled or postponed last month, given the continuing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope everyone is safe during these trying times, and for the benefit of everyone, please stay home.