Every Game Delay Announced in 2021 (So Far)
Game delays have turn out to be even more prevalent in 2021 — and it is not just because of COVID. With the pandemic (and different elements) nonetheless affecting how studios function for the foreseeable future, that development will seemingly proceed all year long.
To observe the pandemic’s continued affect on sport growth, we’ve compiled a listing of each sport and notable DLC delay introduced this yr (up to now). This article shall be up to date as extra launch dates and home windows are inevitably pushed, however for now, listed below are all 28 delays introduced in 2021.
Every Game Delay Announced in 2021
- Delayed from February 2 to April 1, 2021
Developer People Can Fly introduced the delay in early January, saying, “We have decided to move the release date of Outriders to April 1st 2021 (no joke!). We will spend this extra time fine tuning the game and focusing on delivering a fantastic play experience at launch.”
This is Outriders’ second delay; it was beforehand pushed from Holiday 2020 to February 2021.
- Delayed from 2022 to 2023
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey
- Delayed from Early 2021 to Late Spring (PC) and Fall 2021 (Console)
Frontier Developments delayed its upcoming Elite Dangerous growth because of the “ongoing impact of the pandemic.” The studio stated the results of the pandemic, “including the [U.K.’s] renewed lockdowns in 2021, continues to put added pressure on our teams and ultimately our development timeline.”
- Delayed from 2021 to 2022
On January 13 Portkey Games introduced it was delaying its open-world Harry Potter action-RPG by a yr. “Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us so we are giving the game the time it needs,” learn an announcement from the developer.
Cyberpunk 2077 Free DLC
- Delayed from Early 2021 to later in 2021
CD Projekt Red initially deliberate to start releasing free Cyberpunk 2077 DLC in early 2021. However, that DLC could no longer hit its goal window, because the developer has prioritized “working on the most important fixes and updates,” particularly for the poorly optimized PS4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk.
- Delayed from February 25 to later in 2021
On January 14 Ubisoft introduced it was delaying Riders Republic from its former February launch date to someday “later” in 2021. “This additional time will allow our passionate team to deliver the best fun fueled experience to our players,” stated the corporate.
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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
- Delayed from Late 2021 to 2022
Originally set to be launched later this yr, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will now arrive sooner or later in 2022. Publisher Nacon announced the new date for the stealth-focused Middle-earth journey in late January, although it didn’t present a motive for the delay.
- Delayed from March 19 to April 30, 2021
Returnal was pushed from mid-March to late April “to give the team extra time to continue to polish the game to the level of quality players expect from Housemarque.” The roguelike third-person shooter shall be launched solely on PS5.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
- Delayed from March 18 to 2022
The first sport delay introduced in February, and the ninth general for the yr, was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake. According to Ubisoft, the additional growth time will enable the staff “to deliver a remake that feels fresh while remaining faithful to the original.” A brand new launch window wasn’t introduced till June, when Ubisoft confirmed the remake is concentrating on 2022.
This is the remake’s second delay; it was beforehand pushed from January to March.
- Delayed from Spring to August 31, 2021
In mid-February, Amazon introduced it was delaying its upcoming MMO, New World, from spring to August 31. The growth staff will use the extra months to proceed its work on “compelling end-game features,” along with “polishing and fine tuning the whole game.”
This is New World’s second delay; it was previously pushed from August 25, 2020, to Spring 2021.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
- Delayed from 2021 to an unannounced later date
Paradox Interactive delayed Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 out of its 2021 launch window with out asserting a brand new goal date. Alongside the delay, the writer introduced Hardsuit Labs will now not be main growth on the mission. “A change” was wanted, in accordance with Paradox, “and, as a result, more development time is required.”
Originally slated for Q1 2020, Bloodlines 2’s troubled growth has included a number of delays and departures of key expertise, together with the sport’s former inventive director and senior narrative designer.
Gran Turismo 7
- Delayed from 2021 to 2022
GT7 was delayed from 2021 to 2022 as a result of “Covid-related production challenges,” in accordance with Sony. “With the ongoing pandemic, it’s a dynamic and changing situation and some critical aspects of game production have been slowed over the past several months,” the corporate added.
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New Need for Speed
- Delayed from EA’s fiscal yr 2022 to fiscal yr 2023*
EA delayed the following, at present untitled Need for Speed from FY2022 to FY2023 as developer Criterion Games briefly strikes off the upcoming racer to help DICE on the following Battlefield — a choice made to fight the results of pandemic-related working situations and guarantee EA’s flagship shooter hits its goal Holiday 2021 release window.
*EA’s fiscal yr runs from April via the next March, that means the following Need for Speed is now anticipated between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.
Guilty Gear Strive
- Delayed from April 9 to June 11, 2021
Guilty Gear Strive was delayed by two months after developer Arc System Works obtained “valuable feedback” from the current open beta. The extra time shall be used “to polish some aspects of the game, such as the online lobbies and the server’s stability,” in accordance with the developer.
The combating sport was beforehand delayed out of 2020 as a result of COVID-19-related growth challenges.
Borderlands 3 Director’s Cut Add-on
- Delayed from March 18 to April 8, 2021
The Borderlands 3 Director’s Cut add-on was delayed by three weeks because of the “severe weather that impacted Texas last month,” in accordance with developer Gearbox. The Director’s Cut content material features a new raid boss, story missions, and challenges.
- Delayed from 2021 to 2022
WB Games delayed Gotham Knights into 2022 to present the event staff “more time to deliver the best possible experience for players.” Announced in 2020 at DC Fandome, the co-op Batman sport was initially given a 2021 launch window.
- Delayed from April 22 to August 17, 2021
SEGA and developer Amplitude have introduced the delay of 4X strategy game Humankind to somewhat later in 2021 in an effort to give the builders time to finetune the pacing, steadiness, diplomacy, AI, and accessibility of the expertise.
Back 4 Blood
- Delayed from June 21 to October 12, 2021
The Left 4 Dead religious successor Back 4 Blood has been pushed into October to permit the devs at Turtle Rock Studios time to ship “the best game it can possibly be at launch.” There shall be an open beta this summer season, although.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Delayed from Spring 2021 to an unannounced later date
The upcoming LEGO Star Wars sport will no longer hit its focused Spring 2021 launch window, as TT Games wants extra time to finish what it is calling “the biggest and best-ever LEGO game.” A brand new launch window wasn’t introduced; TT Games will “provide updated launch timing as soon as possible.”
The Skywalker Saga was previously delayed from 2020 to Spring 2021.
- Delayed from May 21 to September 14, 2021
Bethesda’s fashionable, time-looping assassination sport was lately delayed by 4 months. “We’re committed to quality and preserving our team’s ambitions for Deathloop while ensuring the health and safety of everyone at Arkane,” learn an announcement from developer Arkane Studios. “We’ll be using this extra time to accomplish our goal: create a fun, stylish, and mind-bending player experience.”
This is Deathloop’s second delay; it was beforehand pushed from its preliminary Holiday 2020 launch window.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids
- Delayed from April 29 to May 13, 2021
Wrath of the Druids, the primary main growth for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, was delayed by two weeks. The extra time will enable the event staff to “deliver a more refined experience,” in accordance with Ubisoft.
Resident Evil Re:Verse
- Delayed from May 7 to Summer 2021
Resident Evil Re:Verse, the multiplayer sport initially set to be launched alongside Resident Evil Village on May 7, has been delayed to Summer 2021, Capcom introduced in late April. Capcom did not reveal a motive for the delay, although it is value noting the sport’s beta was beforehand suspended as a result of matchmaking issues.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach
- Delayed from Early 2021 to Late 2021
The subsequent Five Nights at Freddy’s was delayed from early 2021 to late 2021. The delay is because of developer Scott Cawthon’s resolution to “put more time and money into [Security Breach] to make sure it’s finished properly.” As a comfort, Cawthon launched a free FNaF beat ’em up known as Security Breach: Fury’s Rage on Game Jolt.
This is the second delay for Security Breach; it was beforehand pushed from late 2020 to early 2021.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Switch and Xbox variations)
- Delayed from Summer 2021 to an unannounced later date
In April developer Mediatonic delayed the Switch and Xbox variations of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout out of their unique Summer 2021 launch window. The developer stated the delay will enable for the implementation of extra options at launch, together with crossplay. A brand new launch window was not introduced.
Fall Guys was first launched on PS4 and PC in August 2020.
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 (PS5 model)
- Delayed from June 4 to an unannounced later date
The PS5 model of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 was delayed indefinitely after CI Games found “unforeseen technical issues” whereas creating for the console. Alongside the delay announcement, CI Games shared that it’s going to now be releasing the primary main DLC without spending a dime on all platforms.
The sequel will come to all different platforms — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS4, and PC — as scheduled on June 4.
Skull & Bones
- Delayed from Ubisoft’s fiscal yr 2022 to fiscal yr 2023*
Ubisoft’s long-in-development pirate ship sim Skull & Bones was delayed as soon as once more in May, with its launch date being pushed again to 2022-2023. “Production led by [Ubisoft] Singapore has been advancing well over the past 12 months and the promise is better than ever,” stated Ubisoft CFO Frederick Duguet (through VGC). “The additional time will allow the team to fully deliver on its vision.”
*Ubisoft’s fiscal yr runs from April via the next March, that means Skull & Bones is now anticipated between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.
Axiom Verge 2
- Delayed from Early 2021 to Q3 2021
Axiom Verge 2 was lately delayed from its preliminary early 2021 launch window to Q3. Developer Thomas Happ did not give a particular motive for the delay, although he famous the sport “will be better for the additional time.” Alongside the announcement, Happ launched a free making-of documentary about Axiom Verge.
God of War 2
- Delayed from 2021 to 2022
Sony’s extremely anticipated God of War sequel was delayed from its preliminary 2021 launch window to 2022. According to Herman Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, the choice was made “to ensure that Santa Monica Studio can deliver the amazing God of War game that we all want to play.”
Which of those are you most disillusioned by? Which games of 2021 are you hoping do not get delayed subsequent? Let us know within the feedback.
Jordan is a contract author for IGN.