Upcoming Souls-like Mortal Shell is suffering from an unexpected snag, not in development, but in distribution. The physical copies of the game were originally slated to ship for an October 2 release date. Now, that single date has been rather badly fractured, citing "unprecedented challenges in the global distribution environment."

As reported by Playstack CEO Harvey Elliott released the following statement: "We sincerely apologize to our fans all over the world who have been eagerly waiting for the physical release. Our number one priority is to get Mortal Shell in your hands as soon as possible, therefore we have decided to release each edition of the game the very moment it becomes available. That in turn means a slightly scattered release. We would like to thank the amazing Mortal Shell community for its support and patience."

The US release is getting pushed back almost a full month, now slated for November 3 for all platforms. Europe's release schedule looks more jumbled, with PC and PlayStation 4 versions coming out on October 23, and the Xbox One version releasing a week later on October 30.

The physical edition of Mortal Shell will have an exclusive fold-out poster and softbound artbook. And for all the inconvenience the shipping delays will create, the pricing is quite reasonable at $29.99 USD/€34.99 EUR/£29.99 GBP. One point to note, however: the PC version of the game does not carry an actual disc; there will be a code inside to obtain the game through Epic Games Store.

Food For Thought

It seems unusual that Playstack would be having logistical issues this late in the year, even with the disruptions created by the pandemic. On the other hand, it's entirely possible that they got caught up on the wrong side of a logistical ripple still working itself out. Either way, barring any other unexpected problems, gamers will be getting Mortal Shell within the next month or so.