Every Game Delayed Right Now
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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. 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.
Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp
This one hurt. Less than two months before it was due to release--December 3, 2021--Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp was pushed back to April. It was then pushed back just a month before launch in response to "world events," almost certainly meaning the war in Ukraine. Far more than a remaster, this complete remake of the two GBA-era Advance Wars games sports a new art style and support for up to four players. Given how long it has been since the series' last game, we supposed waiting a few more months isn't the end of the world.
Total War: Warhammer 3
The latest game in the acclaimed strategy series--and one of roughly 5 million Warhammer games currently in the works--Total War: Warhammer 3 has slipped into early 2022. Creative Assembly said this time will make for a "stronger release" and that while it's the last game in the trilogy, it will be supported for years with new content.
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.
Stray was supposed to arrive in 2021, bringing us a tale of an adorable cat just struggling to survive in a world taken over by robots. However, the development team has opted to delay the game until 2022 so as to not "compromise on quality."
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."
No stranger to delays, Digimon Survive was originally announced three years ago and planned to launch in 2020 before those plans were thrown into disarray. At the earliest, it's now coming in Q3 2022, and based on the language of Toei Animation's latest financial report, it could very well be even later than that.
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide
Originally planned to launch in 2021, Fatshark's Warhammer 40,000: Darktide has been pushed to Spring 2021 in order to give the development team more time for polishing and ensuring the game's longevity post-launch. What exactly that means remains to be seen, but it will release on Xbox Series X|S and PC.
Resident Evil Re:Verse
A game first scheduled to come with Resident Evil Village that was later delayed already to July, Resident Evil Re:Verse will bring its take on multiplayer to players in 2022. A third-person shooter with characters from across the series' history, it also makes use of some environments from the other classic games in the series.
God of War sequel
The sequel to 2018's God of War, which may or may not be called God of War: Ragnarok, was originally scheduled to release at some point this year. However, Sony's Santa Monica Studio has opted to delay the game into 2022 in order to ensure it meets the series' high quality standards. PlayStation's head of worldwide studios Herman Hulst said the project started "a little later" than some others, which may have contributed to the delay.
Skull & Bones
A tale as old as time. A song as old as rhyme. Skull & Bones delayed.
It's easy to forget that Ubisoft's open-world online pirate game Skull & Bones is even still in development, but it is, and the company reminded investors during an earnings call in May 2020. The game has been delayed entirely out of the current fiscal year, meaning it won't arrive until April 2022 at the very earliest. 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.
Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach
The highly anticipated next Five Nights at Freddy's game, Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach, looks like it will be a major step up for the indie horror series, but the developers need more time to fully realize their vision. As such, the game has been delayed until late 2021, but Cawthon also released a free game called Security Breach: Fury's Rage as a consolation gift. It's heavily inspired by the Streets of Rage series.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
We won't be able to get our "handses" on The Lord of the Rings: Gollum until 2022. The game's planned 2021 launch got pushed early in the year, with companies Daedalic Entertainment and Nacon partnering on the project moving forward. It's still planned to release on several different systems, including Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
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.
Hogwarts Legacy, a game set in the 19th century of Harry Potter's world, was scheduled to release later this year, but it has been delayed to 2022. The delay came amid controversy surrounding author J.K. Rowling, who is not directly involved with the project. Developer Avalanche Software previously worked on the Disney Infinity series and is separate from Just Cause studio Avalanche Studios.
Gotham Knights, a spin-off of the Batman series--and a non-canonical one--was scheduled to arrive before the end of 2021 before being bumped into next year. Warner Bros. gave a very vague statement about wanting to "provide the best possible experience for players" but did not specify the reason behind the delay. The cooperative action game is directed by Patrick Redding, who previously worked on Splinter Cell and Far Cry. It's only one DC game Warner Bros. has cooking, with a Suicide Squad game also coming in 2022. However, we wouldn't be shocked to see that one get bumped, as well.
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.
Less game and more guitar-learning tool, Ubisoft's Rocksmith+ will no longer be releasing in 2021. A final date hasn't been announced, but it's planned to launch in 2022 after a closed beta provided the team with feedback it wants to implement in the launch product. The company said its new plan will "give us time to deliver a smooth experience for all guitar and bass lovers."
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.
It appears it could be seven years between Overwatch and its sequel. Blizzard announced that Overwatch 2 is going to arrive later than it originally planned. It strongly suggested in a financial presentation that the game would not arrive in 2022, with plans for post-launch support contributing to the decision to delay the initial release. The sequel will contain the franchise's first campaign mode as well as an updated and expanded multiplayer--which will be compatible with the first game.
Everything we said for Overwatch 2 also applies to Diablo IV. The game is now likely not coming out in 2022, making it a possible decade between the game and Diablo III. Blizzard's ongoing controversies and leadership shakeups likely haven't helped matters, though producer Rod Fergusson has become something of a specialist in getting long-in-development games to finally ship.
Marvel's Midnight Suns
The next game from Jake Solomon and the strategy experts at Firaxis will not be arriving until the second half of 2022. In a statement, Firaxis gave the basic "want to make the best game possible" explanation, but also specifically said it will be using the extra time to add more story and cinematic content to the game. It was originally scheduled for Spring 2022.
Shovel Knight Dig
The puzzle spin-off game Shovel Knight Dig, developed by the series' creator Yacht Club Games, was given a loose 2021 window in the past. However, the game will not be releasing this year. The studio said it plans to now launch Shovel Knight Dig in 2022, and given how crowded this holiday season is getting, that may give it more exposure.
A creepy adventure game with clear influences from HR Giger's character design, Scorn was set to be one of the more interesting Xbox console-exclusive games for 2021, but it has been delayed into 2022. More information will be available on December 10, hopefully including a new date.
The upcoming reboot of Saints Row will be arriving about six months later than previously announced. Volition moved the title from February 25, 2022 to August 23, 2022, with COVID playing a big part in the delay. The delay will ensure the game meets the studio's quality standards, according to studio boss Jim Boone.
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.
A brutal hack-and-slash game with clear Souls influences and a ton of blood and gore, Thymesia will now arrive in 2022. No reason was given explicitly for the delay when the release window trailer was posted, but the game's flashy combat certainly looks like it will make Thymesia worth the wait. Team17's game is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
A rhythm-focused shooter comparable to Doom and the similar BPM: Bullets Per Minute, Metal Hellsinger is now arriving in 2022. The development team is led by former Battlefield: Bad Company 2 lead designer David Goldfarb, and the game features tracks from musicians like Lamb of God's Randy Blythe. Based on your performance, more layers are added to each level's track for a richer experience.
From the developers behind Rez Infinite and Tetris Effect, Humanity looks to be a unique and experimental game for PS4 and PlayStation VR. However, it's also gone through some development slowdown and will now release in 2022.
Frontier's Warhammer: Age of Sigmar RTS
Can a game be delayed if it doesn't have a final name? Apparently, as 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. 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.
Only just announced in December 2021 at The Game Awards, Iron Galaxy's Rumbleverse has already been delayed. It will no longer release in February as was previously planned, and the beta test has also been pushed back to an unspecified date. No replacement release date has been set yet, with the team saying it wants to build a great community for the game and needs "to make sure we can get that right."
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."
Square Enix and Luminous Productions originally planned to launch Forspoken in May, but the decision was made to further add polish and make improvements a few months before that date. Now, the game is coming on October 11 for PS5 and PC, offering a unique take on fantasy and magic in an action-adventure game.
Starship Troopers - Terran Command
If there's any game that needs to have its bugs squashed, it's Starship Troopers - Terran Command. Based on the cult classic sci-fi satire film, which was itself based on a non-satirical sci-fi book, the game was supposed to release at the end of March. However, it will now arrive on June 16. It's currently "content complete" but the development team didn't want to have to fix it post-launch with further patches.
EA Sports PGA Tour
Talk about a double bogey. After already delaying the game once with an expected release window of late 2022, EA has opted to delay EA Sports PGA Tour a second time. The upcoming golf game is now coming in Spring 2023, and will have to do without the Tiger Woods name once again. The golf legend has switched teams, now working exclusively with 2K Games.
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 will now be arriving in 2023. The game features characters like Harley Quinn and Deadshot, and it's technically a narrative sequel to Arkham Knight.
Sons of the Forest
The much-anticipated follow-up to The Forest was originally planned to launch in May, but Sons of the Forest developer Endnight Games now says that window was "overly ambitious." The survival game is now scheduled to arrive in October, and given its spooky themes, this new window just might actually be the perfect choice.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel
Previously planned to launch at some point in 2022, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sequel will now release in Spring 2023. Nintendo didn't get a specific reason for the delay, though with any Zelda game, the reason can usually amount to "making sure it's perfect." The sequel will include gameplay in the air as well as the ground and it sports the same visual style as Breath of the Wild.
Two Point Campus
The university management simulator Two Point Campus was previously supposed to be out on May 17, but it appears Two Point Studios ran into quality issues with some of its supported platforms. The game is now coming on August 9, with game director Mark Webley saying the delay will let the team "deliver the best possible game that can be enjoyed on all platforms."
The Witcher 3 (current-gen)
The Witcher 3 released back in 2015 for last-gen systems, and PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions are in development. However, CD Projekt Red opted to move development to its internal team rather than continue working with Saber Interactive. The decision has resulted in the game moving from its Q2 2022 window to an unannounced future date.
MX vs ATV Legends
The race is running a little behind schedule. MX vs ATV Legends was previously planned to release on May 24. However, the game was delayed about a month ahead of that to June 28. The delay was made in order to preserve quality, including eliminating bugs and keeping the frame rate high.
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. Now, to accommodate a switch to Unreal Engine 5, The Day Before will arrive on March 1, 2023. Studio Fntastic promises a "more advanced and adapted open worlds engine."
Bethesda's other planned 2022 game, Redfall, was delayed at the same time as Starfield and also received a 2023 release window. The cooperative action game is developed by Arkane Austin and looks to differ fairly significantly from the studio's work on Dishonored and Prey. It will also be the first Arkane game to not release on a PlayStation system in more than a decade.
One of the biggest games of 2022 will now be one of the biggest games of 2023. Bethesda's Starfield had a set date: November 11, 2022, but this may have been too optimistic. The game will now be releasing at some point in 2023, without a new final date determined. Bethesda gave a vague "polish" explanation for the delay, as well as the delay of Redfall, in an update post on social media in May.
Kerbal Space Program 2
The sequel to the acclaimed space flight simulation Kerbal Space Program will not be arriving in 2022. Kerbal Space Program 2 will arrive in early 2023 on PC, followed by a console release later that year, with Intercept Games emphasizing quality and polish as the primary reasons for the delay.
Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown
The next entry in the Test Drive Unlimited series will no longer arrive in 2022. 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.
T-t-t-t-t-chia! Sorry. Tchia has been delayed to next year, with developer Awaceb's "control anything" adventure game needing more polish and a chance to add additional "little details," according to the announcement. The game has been in development for more than three years thus far, and it also comes with a fully playable ukulele that has both gameplay and creative implications.
The upcoming sci-fi platformer Replaced was planned to release in 2022, but the game is now coming out next year. The decision 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 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, not giving a specific reason other than wanting to offer the "highest quality." Fans will be able to hear more on the game during Gamescom in August, however, so that should help to make the wait easier.
Sea of Stars
Sea of Stars--the next game from Sabotage Studio and a prequel to its game The Messenger--was scheduled to release in late 2022, but it has since been delayed to 2023. The game, while taking place before The Messenger, doesn't follow its gameplay style at all, ditching the Ninja Gaiden platforming and action style for a turn-based role-playing game. Sabotage said it was looking to keep both the game's quality and its team members' quality of life in mind when deciding to delay it.