Every Game Delayed Right Now (2023 Edition)
COVID-19 put the planet on pause for much of 2020 and 2021, and that has affected the release date for lots of video games. Even as we are now in 2023, we are still seeing a whole bunch of games delayed, including ones that were announced well before the pandemic started. To help keep everything organized, we've made a list of every game delayed right now, including those with delays announced weeks or months ago. Once a game has been released, it will be removed from this list.
The Last Faith
The Souls-like Metroidvania game The Last Faith, which looks quite a bit like a retro-style Bloodborne, was supposed to release this year. However, Playstack and Kimi Souls Games opted to push it into 2023 in order to give the team a chance to keep improving it. The team said its "dreams for this game are as big as yours."
Originally scheduled for a late 2021 release, Abandoned from Blue Box Game Studios will now arrive at a later date. Very little is known about the project--and questions surrouding its unclear messaging and seemingly intentional teases to Hideo Kojima and Silent Hill--have brought some controversy to the project. There is no evidence that Kojima is involved, and the developer has said this outright several times.
Everyone knows soup tastes better when it takes more time to simmer, and Chikon Club's Soup Pot will be doing that--slated for release in August, the game is now coming to Xbox platforms and PC later this year in order to give the developer more time for polishing. You'll be doing "livestreams" of your cooking in the game to make over 100 dishes.
First revealed with a gameplay trailer in 2020 and planned for a 2021 launch, the open-world spin-off to Black Desert Online, Crimson Desert, is now arriving at an unspecified future date as Pearl Abyss works to add "new ideas" to make a "deeper, more enriching game."
Skull & Bones
A tale as old as time. A song as old as rhyme. Skull & Bones delayed.
Skull & Bones has been delayed so many times, it has become a punchline. After already suffering numerous delays, it was scheduled to arrive in March 2023. Just a few months before this planned launch, Ubisoft delayed it once again to the next fiscal year, then again to the next fiscal year after that. The earliest it can arrive is January 2024.
The game was first announced back in 2017 and has undergone development shakeups, including getting a new creative director. Studio managing director Hugues Ricour also left his position in late 2020 over harassment and bullying allegations.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Originally planned for a launch this March, the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake was delayed to an unclear future date back in February. Ubisoft cited wanting to make a remake that still feels fresh while staying true to the spirit of the original version, but it didn't specify how long the delay would be but it's planned for 2022. The series has been largely on ice since Assassin's Creed exploded in popularity over a decade ago.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
A game awash in controversy and production issues, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 got delayed late last year to a 2021 date. Since then, publisher Paradox chose to delay the game again, this time out of 2021 completely. Furthermore, a new developer is working on the project, replacing Hardsuit Labs, which was subsequently hit with layoffs. It's one of a few troubled projects that previously involved writer Chris Avellone, who was later accused of sexual misconduct, though none of his contributions are being used.
The Division: Heartland
A free-to-play take on the online multiplayer shooter-RPG, The Division: Heartland has been moved to April 2022 at the very soonest, based on Ubisoft's fiscal calendar. However, this could also put the game as late as March 2023, and it will likely be a bit longer before the company says exactly when it's coming out. Unlike the Massive-led first two games, The Division: Heartland is in development at Red Storm, which previously worked on Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon games.
Six Days In Fallujah
The controversial shooter Six Days In Fallujah, which was actually canceled well over a decade ago before being revived, has been delayed until Q4 2022. The game, in development at Highwire Games, takes place during the real Second Battle of Fallujah and has drawn criticism for a developer initially saying it wouldn't be making a political statement before backtracking.
A mysterious and Death Stranding-esque game from Capcom, Pragmata was already not scheduled to arrive until 2022. However, that window has now been closed, as the publisher revealed the game will instead be arriving in 2023. No specific reason was given for the delay other than wanting to provide a better experience.
Frontier's Warhammer: Age of Sigmar - Realms of Ruin
Frontier Development has announced its previously teased Warhammer: Age of Sigmar will now likely not arrive until late 2023. That should be fine with Warhammer fans, as they have quite a few of those games to play in the interim.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl
Planned previously for an April 2022 launch, the long-awaited STALKER 2 was first delayed to December 8 before a further delay pushed it into 2023, and later to early 2024. The studio, based in Ukraine, was forced to pause development due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, with some of its development team even volunteering for the armed forced to defend the country.
The oft-delayed strategy game The Settlers has been delayed again, this time indefinitely. Previously planned to launch March 17, the game was pushed back to an undetermined future date after the game's closed beta received criticism. Ubisoft Dusseldorf is using the time to "improve the game and push quality as [its] main priority for all players."
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rocksteady's first full-length game since Batman: Arkham Knight needs a little more time to cook. Scheduled for a 2022 release previously, the developer announced Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League would instead be arriving in 2023. In April 2023, that was again moved, this time to February 2024. The game features characters like Harley Quinn and Deadshot, and it's technically a narrative sequel to Arkham Knight.
The Day Before
More like a little later than the day before, are we right? The Day Before, a highly anticipated MMO, was scheduled to launch in June, but the development team opted to make a big change. To accommodate a switch to Unreal Engine 5, The Day Before was planned for March 1, 2023. Shortly before this, an odd trademark dispute played a role in the game being moved to November 2023 and then to December.
Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown
The next entry in the Test Drive Unlimited series was already delayed to 2023 after being planned for 2022. Now, it's not coming in 2023 at all, and it's unclear if the Switch version is still in development. Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown takes 550 kilometers of Hong Kong Island and makes it playable in a driving "lifestyle" game, and the development team stressed that polish is especially important.
The upcoming sci-fi platformer Replaced was planned to release in 2022, but the game was then pushed into 2023 and later into 2024. The decision to push the game to 2023 was made by developer Sad Cat Studios along with Coatsink and Thunderful because the studio has developers located in both Belarus and Ukraine. With the ongoing war, the team opted to relocate and had to pause development during this period. The second delay appears to be related to game quality as the team continues development.
The strategy game Homeworld 3 was previously planned to launch at some point in 2022, but that is no longer in the cards. Gearbox and Blackbird Interactive opted to move it to the first half of 2023, followed by another delay to February 2024. The time will let the team "refine and polish" the game.
Star Wars: Hunters
The battle arena game Star Wars: Hunters, a mobile and Switch title, looks like it could be one of the more exciting Star Wars multiplayer games to release in recent memory. We'll have to wait a bit longer to confirm this, however, as Zynga delayed the game--first into 2023 and then to 2024.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
The first-person action-adventure game Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is in development at Ubisoft's Massive studio, but it won't be ready for its original release window. Ubisoft announced in July 2022 that the game would be delayed, releasing in the next fiscal year. A December 7, 2023 date was eventually set.
A cooperative shooter created by a former Battlefield developer, Arc Raiders was previously scheduled to arrive in 2022. However, Embark Studios put out a message in August that announced a delay to 2023 in order to "expand the experience, and allow it to reach its fullest potential." A final date in 2023 has not yet been announced.
River City Girls 2
WayForward's River City Girls was a big hit, and expectations are very high for the sequel. However, River City Girls 2 will not hit its originally scheduled Summer 2022 window in North America. The developer has not given a new window yet, only saying it will come "sometime after" this point and to stay tuned for more information.
Metal Slug Tactics
A spin-off of the main run-and-gun Metal Slug series (which we haven't seen for a little while), Metal Slug Tactics was scheduled to arrive at some point in 2022, but it has since been delayed into next year. The very short announcement said "the squad needs a bit more time in the shop to prepare for the battles ahead," but didn't specify what needed more time. In any event, it'll be available on Switch and PC.
A Space for the Unbound
Unlike most other games that have been delayed in 2022, A Space for the Unbound's console versions were not delayed because they needed more time in development. Instead, the delay came after Toge Productions and Mojiken Studio terminated its publishing agreement with PQube Games, alleging the latter company had misused grant funding intended for a diversity initiative. The two companies added that PQube has refused to give them back publishing control for consoles, and the game is being delayed until the situation can be worked out.
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
Though not a very long delay, it's a delay nonetheless--Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, which is an updated take on the PSP game, will no longer release alongside Valkyrie Elysium. Instead, the game is coming out on December 22, and those who had preordered the Valkyrie Elysium Digital Deluxe Edition will receive the game on that date. A standard "improve the quality" reason was given for the delay, but at least you have another game to play while you wait!
Cyan--best known for the Myst games--is currently developing the adventure Firmament, but it's going to take a little longer before it's ready. According to the official announcement, the studio chose to delay the game to early 2023 after having conversations with "key team members and staff." More news will be shared in 2023 regarding the launch day.
Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story
Delayed at the same time as Convergence, Tequilla Works' Song of Nunu will also be arriving in 2023 in order to allow for more polish. The adventure game will be available across console and PC, and the single-player adventure features exploration gameplay unlike anything else in the franchise.
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened
Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened--a remake of the 2007 game--promises to be one of the most interesting games in Frogwares' catalog, blending the detective's signature skills with a Lovecraftian story. The game was planned to launch in early 2023, but the continued Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused production issues for the studio. The Kyiv-based studio has undergone regular electricity blackouts due to the war, which has taken countless civilian lives across the country. A new release date has not been set, but it's expected for either March or April 2023.
The Wolf Among Us 2
Previously planned to launch in 2023, Telltale's The Wolf Among Us 2 has been delayed out of the year. Work began on the project in 2020 at the rebooted Telltale--which is much smaller than the original studio--and the studio said in its announcement that it simply needs more time to deliver something up to players' expectations. No new window or date were announced.
Hyper Light Breaker
Hyper Light Breaker was going to launch in early access on Steam this spring, but that period has been delayed until this fall--with a full launch not yet scheduled after that. The reason for the early access delay was not given when the new window was announced.
Ark 2 and Ark: Survival Ascended
Previously planned to launch in 2023, Ark 2--the sequel to Ark: Survival Evolved and a Vin Diesel vehicle--will now be coming in 2024. Developer Studio Wildcard announced that the delay was necessary to "deliver the ultimate next-gen dinosaur survival experience." No footage from the game will be shown in 2023, either, following the pre-rendered reveal trailer that included Vin Diesel.
The original game's remade version--Ark: Survival Ascended--was also hit with a delay, getting bumped to October 2023. Studio Wildcard attributed this to struggles with Unreal Engine 5 and did not provide a firm release date.
Amplitude Studios' Endless Dungeon is no longer going to arrive on May 18. The developer, together with publisher Sega, announced that the game will now be arriving on October 19. However, this release date does not include the Nintendo Switch version, which is still awaiting a final release date.
Hollow Knight: Silksong
We know remarkably little about Hollow Knight: Silksong, a game that was announced, went dark for what seemed like an eternity, and then made one more appearance before going dark again. It was previously planned to release in the first half of 2023, but Team Cherry has opted to push the window back to an undetermined point in the future in order to make the game as good as possible.
Another Crab's Treasure
The crab-themed Souls-like Another Crab's Treasure will no longer be arriving in 2023. Developer Aggro Crab--so close to getting a piece of the Radical Rock--confirmed that the game will now be arriving in 2024 in order to make it a "way better game." No final release date has been set.
Originally scheduled to launch this year on consoles and PC, Bandai Namco Online's Blue Protocol will now only be doing so in Japan. For the West, the online action-RPG will arrive in 2024. The different release date comes down to localization work, with the development team saying it wants to make sure the "deeply immersive stories" can be properly localized. Improvements in online infrastructure need to be made, as well, and the game will release outside of Japan in 2024.
The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria
Following the disastrous launch of The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, another upcoming game in the franchise has been delayed. The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria--a survival-crafting game--was supposed to be out by this past spring, but is now coming in the fall.
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn will no longer arrive in 2023. Developer A44, which previously created Ashen, announced the news in June and said it was looking to make Flintlock "the absolute best experience it can be at launch." It looks to be another Souls-like, as was Ashen, and we could hear more on a concrete release date as we move toward the new year.
Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes
An extremely ambitious game that was supported by a massively successful Kickstarter, Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is no longer arriving in 2023. Rabbit & Bear Studios announced that the game will now be arriving in Q2 2024, where it will be a launch-day Xbox Game Pass release.
Lollipop Chainsaw RePOP
Lollipop Chainsaw, the cult-hit action game from Grasshopper Manufacture and James Gunn (yes, that James Gunn) is getting a remake, but it will take a little longer to get here. Developer Dragami Games revealed the game, now titled Lollipop Chainsaw RePOP, has been delayed to 2024. Specifically, it'll arrive next summer, though it's unclear which platforms it'll support.
The spooky first-person driving game Pacific Drive looks to be a unique take on roguelikes, but we'll have to take the long way before we're able to play it. The game was bumped into 2024 as Ironwood Studios aims to both improve quality and keep its team healty.
Survival-crafting game Nightingale was supposed to launch in early access this year. However, this was later bumped to February 22, 2024. A specific reason was not offered alongside the new date.
Developer Kinetic Games was prepping for the release of Phasmophobia on PlayStation and Xbox platforms in August. However, a fire broke out at the studio's offices, which it said affected its ability to "test and develop." Now, fittingly enough, the console versions are coming in the week leading up to Halloween.
RoboCop: Rogue City
RoboCop: Rogue City was scheduled to release in a very crowded September 2023, but it has now been moved to November 2. The delay was shared by Teyon Games on its Twitter page just after Gamescom, with no concrete reason given.
Suikoden 1 & 2 HD Remaster
Suikoden 1 & 2 HD Remaster--a combined remaster of the first two games in the legendary series--was supposed to come out in 2023. That is no longer happening, with Konami saying the development team will need more time to get it up to quality standards. No new release window was given.
Alone in the Dark
The Alone in the Dark reboot was scheduled to arrive in time for spooky season this October, but the team has opted to move its release date to January 16, 2024 in order to "ensure a breathtaking experience for everyone." The delay announcement also made mention of the extremely busy gaming calendar in October as a factor in the decision.
Cygni: All Guns Blazing
The ambitious cinematic shoot-'em-up Cygni: All Guns Blazing has been in development for quite a while now, with Konami and developer KeelWorks aiming to deliver a flashy and polished game in a genre we rarely see today. With that being said, the game needs more time, as the release window was pushed from 2023 to 2024. No concrete date was given, but updates on progress were promised as part of the announcement.
Sorry, sports that are kind of like football fans: Rugby 24 is going to be here a little later than anticipated. Big Ant Studios made the delay announcement in September 2023, saying that a "massive expansion in content" has led to increased development times, and it has also had difficult gaining access to certain teams in order to 3D-scan their players. The game is now arriving on January 30, 2024.
Border Bots VR
Border Bots VR--a VR game that is something of a Papers, Please successor with a futuristic twist--has been delayed from September to February 8, 2024. The delay was made in order to ensure a simultaneous release across all its supported platforms: Steam VR, Quest 2, and PSVR 2.
Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden
Don't Nod--the studio best known for Life is Strange--is going in a different direction with its next game, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden. The action-focused project was planned to launch in November 2023 but will now arrive on February 13, 2024. The studio said the primary reason for this was to avoid launching in an oversaturated release period.
Cities: Skylines 2 (consoles)
Cities: Skylines 2 is, unlike the original game, coming to consoles close to its PC release. It was supposed to be coming to consoles at the same time, but the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions have been delayed into 2024. The development team said it needed more time to "reach the quality targets" it had set for itself on console.
Batman: Arkham Trilogy (Switch)
Previously planned to arrive this fall, Batman: Arkham Trilogy will be hitting the Nintendo Switch a bit later than previously planned. In the official announcement, Warner Bros. Games said additional time was "needed to bring players the best possible experience" on the platform. The games are now scheduled to come to Switch on December 1.
Strategy game The Troop is having its release date moved--but only slightly--to October 18, following a period of early access. According to PLA Studios and Giant Flame, this was done to "best navigate a crowded theater of war," which sounds like code for "too many other games coming out the previous week."
Ubisoft's multiplayer shooter XDefiant--a competitive game that looks to take on a certain other major military shooter--has been delayed indefinitely following continued testing. According to Ubisoft, this was due to "inconsistencies in the game experience," which the developer is now looking to rectify before a new date is given.
The action-RPG Last Epoch, which has been available in early access following a Kickstarter period, was previously scheduled to launch in late 2023. However, Eleventh Hour Games has opted to move the launch to February 21, 2024 in order to add more polish, fix bugs, avoid crunch, and stay away from a very crowded holiday game-release schedule.
Rune Bender VR
German developer Nurogames has opted to push the release of its upcoming Rune Bender VR game into February 2024 in order to give itself more time to fine-tune the experience. The roguelike is a VR wave-based shooter based on Slavic mythology.
Gangs of Sherwood
The upcoming Gangs of Sherwood has suffered a small delay, moving from a planned November 2 date to November 30. The decision came after receiving "abundant feedback" following the demo made available during Steam Next Fest.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2
Perhaps the most anticipated game in the Warhammer franchise, the long-awaited Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 will have to be a little longer-awaited. Sabre Interactive's game has moved from a vague 2023 window to the second half of 2024. According to publisher Focus Entertainment, this was done to "provide the time needed to properly polish the game and to ensure the best possible experience."
Destiny 2: The Final Shape
Following weeks of speculation, Bungie officially confirmed that Destiny 2: The Final Shape will be delayed from February 27 to a new June 4, 2024 release date. Bungie said this extra time will let it "deliver an even bigger and bolder vision" with the expansion.