Here Are the 2014 Games That Have Been Delayed to 2015

Christmas is ruined.

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Is it just me, or does it feel like we've seen a bunch of games get delayed over the past few months? E3 2014 might be on the horizon, so we'll see a lot of titles unveiled for the 2014 holiday season next week, but here are some of the games that none of us will be playing until next year.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Batman: Arkham Knight went from announced to delayed in just under three months, and if that's not a record then it must be pretty close. Rocksteady marketing manager Guy Perkins said to GameSpot that "we want to make sure we're absolutely nailing it 100 percent."

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Polish developer CD Projekt RED insisted that the hotly-anticipated, open-world RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt would have been ready for its original fall 2014 release, but it still delayed the game to February 2015. Why? So the game could reach a "quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us."

The Order: 1886

PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886 is still shrouded in mystery, even after Sony attempted to show off the game back in February. But we do know the third-person adventure, and its intriguing Victorian London setting, won't be out in 2014. "As we keep on pushing on this game, we really want to deliver on the experience that we promised," said Ready at Dawn creative director Ru Weerasuriya to GameSpot.

Quantum Break

Quantum Break never had an official release date, but everyone expected to see it in 2014. That's not happening. The Xbox One-exclusive title, a mix of a third-person action game with time-bending powers and a live TV show, will be arriving in 2015. Don't expect it to appear at E3 2014, either; developer Remedy says that we'll see it next at Gamescom in August.

Dying Light

Dying Light is a parkour-inspired open-world title from the makers of Dead Island where you kill zombies. A whole bunch of zombies. But the game has now slipped to 2015 because developer Techland wants to improve the free-running mechanics. "After careful consideration, we have decided to release our upcoming game in February 2015," said Techland in a statement to GameSpot. It'll be at E3 2014 next week.

The Division

This one was obvious, really. After its apocalyptic world was first unveiled at E3 2013, nobody really thought The Division would see the light of day in 2014--one developer is even reported to have said the idea was "laughable." Ubisoft kept maintaining that the release date was accurate, though. Right up until the point that it wasn't.

Mad Max

Mad Max is the next game from Avalanche Studios, the team behind Just Cause 2, and it was supposed to be coming out this year. Vehicle combat is said to be a major focus, as you might expect. I imagine the Thunderdome will also feature. But, really, is this game being made instead of Just Cause 3? Did the Mad Max delay make Max Madder? We'll have to find out in 2015.

Valve's Steam Controller

Delays aren't limited to software, of course. Valve recently announced that the Steam Controller, which features haptic feedback instead of traditional thumbsticks, wouldn't see its way into our curious hands in 2014. Valve product designer Eric Hope said that the development team is currently conducting live playtests, but that "we're now looking at a release window of 2015, not 2014." Cue gag about Valve Time and something something something Half-Life 3.

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Discussion

196 comments
Keaze_
Keaze_

Good; more time to get an 880Ti.

tingok_rizki
tingok_rizki

Is there any reason to buying next gen in this year ? I don't think so

blukirk
blukirk

whelp looks like i have no reason to buy an xbox 1 

themc_7
themc_7

so... everything I was expecting in 2014 has been bumped and I'm sure there's more to come. so glad I bought next gen [facepalm]

Creed02
Creed02

waiting for quantum break.. alan wake was one of great game by remedy

itchyflop
itchyflop

i dont mind some delays as long as theyre worth it. Like watch dogs im thoroughly enjoying it

CROAT_56
CROAT_56

I don't understand why QB is on this list it was not delayed just because you thought it would be 2014 doesn't make it delayed.   

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

we all knew the division isn't coming out this year. ubi wasn't fooling anyone. maybe a year from now if it gets delayed THEN it'll actually be news worthy (kinda)

faisal161
faisal161

they do that to make us buy next gen consoles then they tell you the real release date .

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Could not care less about a steam controller.

cbxero
cbxero

Solid decision NOT to buy a next-gen console yet. Looks like I can pick one up when the price drops, just in time for some decent games to show up. Pretty much the only game that interests me is Destiny, and I can play it on PS3 anyway. I'd like NHL 15 for PS4, but one game is not worth buying a new console for.

Keivz_basic
Keivz_basic

I didn't believe for a second any of these games were coming out this year. I don't understand why they announce them so early, and why they give these phony release windows. Do they actually believe they can deliver? Be serious. You can tell from a distance just how far along a game is. None of these games had a chance of a 2014 release.

skiggy34
skiggy34

Lets hope that maybe, just maybe BOTH Sony and MS show us some new Ips or new great games tomorrow that will come out in 2014. At this point on PS4 I'll be happy with some quality indies, just give me something to play on my ps4.  As for Xbox One, the Halo collection would be a perfect time waster until the better games come out.....  All in all, I hope E3 this year is stellar for both the ps4 and xbox one.

oflow
oflow

why did they even rush out the next gen consoles if they werent going to have any next gen titles for them for two years? nickel and diming fans with remakes and indie games is pretty lame.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

As long as the delay makes the game better I'm good with it, you know just like Watch Dogs....oh wait!

h00li9an
h00li9an

why are the game developers getting us hyped up soooo much??!!!!.....too much anticipation and then bam!!!!....we're releasing it next year....making the game look better....mechanics much more better.....gameplay more immersive....and blah blah blah more crap!!!!......why can't they just make an announcement when they are more sure.....???.....I think this "delaying" the release date is kind of getting in the gaming trend....now everytime I see a trailer for a "would be" AAA game and a release date at the end of it, I'm pretty sure that it is going to be delayed....Game Developers, I know that you are as much excited to show the game as we gamers are to playing it but just don't push the release date further (I mean we've never seen a game released earlier than the release date) but make sure that when you announce the game, you have actually fixed the actual release date!!! you know too much delaying would probably lower our excitement for that game....

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Nothing strange when both nextgen hardware was delayed why not a softwares.

funkerazmain
funkerazmain

They are probably gonna do the same thing next year with a couple of new titles and have em delayed to 2016 

apolloooo
apolloooo

this gen is surely delayfest -__-

push88
push88

So, basically ALL the games that people care about?

Ayzed
Ayzed

May as well add Farcry 4 to that list cause it's gonna happen.

SnakeEyesX80
SnakeEyesX80

So unless E3 shows there's more than Destiny this year, looks like we could've held off buying "next-gen" consoles until next year.

reindertot
reindertot

Hahahahahaha "Christmas is ruined" hahahaha

DeusGladiorum
DeusGladiorum

Good. Better quality games overall -- hopefully ones that won't be optimized to crap either (thanks, Watch Dogs). But better for me anyway. The backlog game is real over on PC.

Snapdragon1
Snapdragon1

GREAt so what am I supposed to do with all my gaming time now ? I need something to play !

with_teeth26
with_teeth26

as painful as this is to see I won't have much time for games this fall so its probably for the best. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

I've just gained some more time to decrease my backlog, so this is a reason to celebrate! Yay! But since I'm a professional procrastinator, I'll hold off on doing that as well.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

You know this happens all the time, right?

robertcain
robertcain

Delays may be torturous to us as consumers but in most cases they can result in a better game; Battlefield 4 could have been functioning properly had it been given an extra six months.


Though on the other hand, you have games like Too Human, Duke Nukem Forever, Aliens Colonial Marines which were delayed for much longer, and look how they turned out.

Gammit10
Gammit10

I'd rather wait a bit longer and get more polished games. Witcher 3 looks amazing.

Martyr77
Martyr77

I am fine with It as long as the game isn't a buggy mess when it releases. I really want Arkham Knight and bought a PS4 specifically to play this which means the delay is disappointing but if it makes the game better I can wait.

escopab
escopab

2015 is going to be a very packed year.  I really wanted to play every one of those games this year.

donmega1
donmega1

if its actually going to make a difference, im all for it. but most of this stuff will end up being another upscale last generation game, with all art work and little imagination in game-play.

jynxten
jynxten

At least we won't have an absolute poverty of games to play in the first half of next year like we did this year.


I'll still be playing Evolve, Destiny, Dragon Age, Lords of Fallen, Driveclub and a couple of others at the end of this year. I don't mind having all the games I want to play split up and spread out.

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

When they release half developed and rushed games people criticize. But when they are delayed so they can be improved people STILL whine.


HUMANS.

skiggy34
skiggy34

@h00li9an I agree.  My excitement for Watchdogs went from me definitely getting it when I first saw it to me deciding to trade in Infamous SS for it one rainy afternoon. Same goes for Destiny.  For starters I'm a Halo fan so looking at the videos of Destiny so far just reminds me of Halo.  I am a fan of both Sony and MS games but Destiny IMO is more for Sony ONLY gamers.  Xbox gamers have had games like Destiny for over  a decade...

The Division and Quantum Break are probably the 2 games I most excited for but if they keep getting delayed, I'll slowly forget about them and when they come out, instead of me rushing to the midnight sale, I'll end up waiting for a review score... I hope that doesnt happen tho.

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

@Ayzed ubi is PRETTY good with release dates considering they'll want to milk everything they own. asscreed watch dog 2 and far cry 5 all coming to you winter 2015. count on it

Shonuff331
Shonuff331

@SnakeEyesX80 Kind of feeling that way. Granted, I have a powerful gaming PC so some of these like Batman and Witcher I'm getting there anyway but on my PS4 so far I have about 6 or 7 games and one more coming on the 17th (EA Sports UFC). I don't really have anything else on my radar so for 6-8 games (two of which have "current gen" versions in the calendar year...yeah, could have waited. I usually have more than that on a new system.

vihazur
vihazur

@Gammit10 I'd rather these companies didn't have the sorts of problems that result in misjudging release dates.  Are they strapped for funding?  Mismanaged?  Whatever the case is, it's not a good sign, and that's all too often underscored when they finally do release, and the results aren't even all that polished.

skiggy34
skiggy34

@jynxten Thats true, even with these delayed releases this fall will still be a wallet buster.  

donmega1
donmega1

@Bumblebee1138 problem is though, the good ones will still be good and the bad the games will probably suck just the same. developers need to put in some over time or something. these systems have been out for a while and on top of that, the developer kit even longer. games make millions! step it up developers is all we cry for.

Ayzed
Ayzed

@veryDERPY @Ayzed  I guess, and having said what I said before, Far cry 3 got delayed because they basicly built it from scratch more or less, I'm guessing 4 will use a lot of 3's mechanics and engines, so you never know, they might actually release it in November like they're saying.

skiggy34
skiggy34

@vihazur @Gammit10 Funny you say "strapped for funding" because I was thinking the exact same thing. Maybe these companies are projecting a release date then they run out of money to complete these games...  Then they have to delay it in the hopes they can get investors to cough up some cash so they can finish the games.....  I honestly hope this isnt the case but its seems very possible..

Gammit10
Gammit10

@vihazur @Gammit10 As a software dev, these "problems" will always exist at some level. It is most definitely not something I would label "not a good sign." A delay of weeks to months is really small potatoes. Delays of multiple years is something different, and only then would I agree with you.  


Many companies just stick to their dates and hold back additional bug fixes, features, or polish. Or they have to burn through additional funding by bringing in extra muscle in the form of additional contractors, outside studios, etc. That's unnecessary.


I think the only other viable option they have is to release on time and then release additional features with time. I would rather they make the best they can, put it together in one package, and communicate any delays.

hellknight40000
hellknight40000

@vihazur @Gammit10 As far as CDPR goes, we know The Witcher 3 is going to be amazing when it releases. If they need a few extra months to make the game the best it can be, let them have it.