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 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."
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."
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 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 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.
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 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.