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Playdate dispatch is delayed until 2022

If you’ve pre-ordered a Playdate handheld gaming device that was supposed to ship this year, you’ll have to wait a little longer.

Panic Inc. announced today that the first batch of Playdates, which was originally scheduled to ship in 2021, has been postponed to early 2022, citing a “critical battery issue” identified late in the process. As a result, all batteries had to be replaced on the playdates scheduled for delivery.

“This quickly turned into a month-long research stress ball with everyone working hands on deck, and we stopped production at the factory,” a press release said. “We made the difficult and expensive phone call to replace all of our existing batteries with new ones from a completely different battery supplier.”

Panic says the first batch consisted of 20,000 units, all of which are slated to ship in late 2021 (presumably now or soon), but now they’re shipping in early 2022. A more precise shipping window has not been announced. If you’ve pre-ordered a playdate, Panic will say that your place in the queue for actually receiving the device will not change as long as your pre-order remains active.

For more information on this unique handheld gaming device, please visit Game Informer Breakdown of the price, first games, and more. The Playdate isn’t the only handheld device to come to suffer from a delay. The release of Valve’s Steam Deck has just been postponed from this holiday to a February 2022 launch.

Did you pre-order a playdate? Let us know in the comments below!

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