Recreation delays have develop into even more prevalent in 2021 — and it is not just because of COVID. With the pandemic (and different components) nonetheless affecting how studios function for the foreseeable future, that pattern will doubtless proceed all year long.
To trace the pandemic’s continued impression on recreation growth, we’ve compiled a listing of each recreation and notable DLC delay introduced this yr (to this point). This text can be up to date as extra launch dates and home windows are inevitably pushed, however for now, listed here are all 28 delays introduced in 2021.
Each Recreation Delay Introduced in 2021
- Delayed from February 2 to April 1, 2021
Developer Individuals Can Fly introduced the delay in early January, saying, “We have now determined to maneuver the discharge date of Outriders to April 1st 2021 (no joke!). We are going to spend this further time advantageous tuning the sport and specializing in delivering a unbelievable play expertise at launch.”
That is Outriders’ second delay; it was beforehand pushed from Vacation 2020 to February 2021.
- Delayed from 2022 to 2023
Elite Harmful: Odyssey
- Delayed from Early 2021 to Late Spring (PC) and Fall 2021 (Console)
Frontier Developments delayed its upcoming Elite Harmful enlargement as a result of “ongoing impression of the pandemic.” The studio mentioned the results of the pandemic, “together with the [U.K.’s] renewed lockdowns in 2021, continues to place added stress on our groups and finally our growth timeline.”
- Delayed from 2021 to 2022
On January 13 Portkey Video games introduced it was delaying its open-world Harry Potter action-RPG by a yr. “Creating the very best expertise for the entire Wizarding World and gaming followers is paramount to us so we’re giving the sport the time it wants,” learn a press release from the developer.
Cyberpunk 2077 Free DLC
- Delayed from Early 2021 to later in 2021
CD Projekt Purple initially deliberate to start releasing free Cyberpunk 2077 DLC in early 2021. Nonetheless, that DLC could no longer hit its goal window, because the developer has prioritized “engaged on crucial 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 extra time will enable our passionate group to ship the most effective enjoyable fueled expertise to our gamers,” mentioned the corporate.
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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
- Delayed from Late 2021 to 2022
Initially set to be launched later this yr, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will now arrive in some unspecified time in the future in 2022. Writer Nacon announced the new date for the stealth-focused Center-earth journey in late January, although it didn’t present a cause for the delay.
- Delayed from March 19 to April 30, 2021
Returnal was pushed from mid-March to late April “to present the group further time to proceed to shine the sport to the extent of high quality gamers anticipate from Housemarque.” The roguelike third-person shooter can be launched solely on PS5.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
- Delayed from March 18 to 2022
The primary recreation delay introduced in February, and the ninth general for the yr, was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake. Based on Ubisoft, the additional growth time will enable the group “to ship a remake that feels recent whereas remaining trustworthy to the unique.” A brand new launch window wasn’t introduced till June, when Ubisoft confirmed the remake is focusing on 2022.
That 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 event group will use the extra months to proceed its work on “compelling end-game options,” along with “sharpening and advantageous tuning the entire recreation.”
That 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 saying a brand new goal date. Alongside the delay, the writer introduced Hardsuit Labs will now not be main growth on the undertaking. “A change” was wanted, in accordance with Paradox, “and, consequently, extra growth time is required.”
Initially 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 on account of “Covid-related manufacturing challenges,” in accordance with Sony. “With the continuing pandemic, it’s a dynamic and altering state of affairs and a few vital elements of recreation manufacturing have been slowed over the previous a number of months,” the corporate added.
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New Want for Velocity
- Delayed from EA’s fiscal yr 2022 to fiscal yr 2023*
EA delayed the subsequent, presently untitled Want for Velocity from FY2022 to FY2023 as developer Criterion Video games briefly strikes off the upcoming racer to help DICE on the subsequent Battlefield — a call 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 by the next March, that means the subsequent Want for Velocity is now anticipated between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.
Responsible Gear Attempt
- Delayed from April 9 to June 11, 2021
Responsible Gear Attempt was delayed by two months after developer Arc System Works obtained “beneficial suggestions” from the current open beta. The extra time can be used “to shine some elements of the sport, reminiscent of the web lobbies and the server’s stability,” in accordance with the developer.
The preventing recreation was beforehand delayed out of 2020 on account of COVID-19-related growth challenges.
Borderlands three Director’s Minimize Add-on
- Delayed from March 18 to April 8, 2021
The Borderlands 3 Director’s Minimize add-on was delayed by three weeks as a result of “extreme climate that impacted Texas final month,” in accordance with developer Gearbox. The Director’s Minimize content material features a new raid boss, story missions, and challenges.
- Delayed from 2021 to 2022
WB Video games delayed Gotham Knights into 2022 to present the event group “extra time to ship the very best expertise for gamers.” Introduced in 2020 at DC Fandome, the co-op Batman recreation 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 a bit later in 2021 with a view to give the builders time to finetune the pacing, steadiness, diplomacy, AI, and accessibility of the expertise.
Again Four Blood
- Delayed from June 21 to October 12, 2021
The Left Four Useless religious successor Again Four Blood has been pushed into October to permit the devs at Turtle Rock Studios time to ship “the most effective recreation it might probably probably be at launch.” There can be an open beta this summer time, although.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Delayed from Spring 2021 to an unannounced later date
The upcoming LEGO Star Wars recreation will no longer hit its focused Spring 2021 launch window, as TT Video games wants extra time to finish what it is calling “the largest and best-ever LEGO recreation.” A brand new launch window wasn’t introduced; TT Video games will “present up to date launch timing as quickly as doable.”
The Skywalker Saga was previously delayed from 2020 to Spring 2021.
- Delayed from Could 21 to September 14, 2021
Bethesda’s fashionable, time-looping assassination recreation was lately delayed by 4 months. “We’re dedicated to high quality and preserving our group’s ambitions for Deathloop whereas guaranteeing the well being and security of everybody at Arkane,” learn a press release from developer Arkane Studios. “We’ll be utilizing this further time to perform our purpose: create a enjoyable, fashionable, and mind-bending participant expertise.”
That is Deathloop’s second delay; it was beforehand pushed from its preliminary Vacation 2020 launch window.
Murderer’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids
- Delayed from April 29 to Could 13, 2021
Wrath of the Druids, the primary main enlargement for Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, was delayed by two weeks. The extra time will enable the event group to “ship a extra refined expertise,” in accordance with Ubisoft.
Resident Evil Re:Verse
- Delayed from Could 7 to Summer time 2021
Resident Evil Re:Verse, the multiplayer recreation initially set to be launched alongside Resident Evil Village on Could 7, has been delayed to Summer time 2021, Capcom introduced in late April. Capcom did not reveal a cause for the delay, although it is value noting the sport’s beta was beforehand suspended on account of matchmaking issues.
5 Nights at Freddy’s: Safety Breach
- Delayed from Early 2021 to Late 2021
The subsequent 5 Nights at Freddy’s was delayed from early 2021 to late 2021. The delay is because of developer Scott Cawthon’s determination to “put extra money and time into [Security Breach] to verify it is completed correctly.” As a comfort, Cawthon launched a free FNaF beat ’em up known as Safety Breach: Fury’s Rage on Recreation Jolt.
That is the second delay for Safety Breach; it was beforehand pushed from late 2020 to early 2021.
Fall Guys: Final Knockout (Swap and Xbox variations)
- Delayed from Summer time 2021 to an unannounced later date
In April developer Mediatonic delayed the Swap and Xbox variations of Fall Guys: Final Knockout out of their authentic Summer time 2021 launch window. The developer mentioned the delay will enable for the implementation of further 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 Four to an unannounced later date
The PS5 model of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 was delayed indefinitely after CI Video games found “unexpected technical points” whereas growing for the console. Alongside the delay announcement, CI Video games shared that it’ll now be releasing the primary main DLC totally free on all platforms.
The sequel will come to all different platforms — Xbox Sequence X|S, Xbox One, PS4, and PC — as scheduled on June 4.
Cranium & Bones
- Delayed from Ubisoft’s fiscal yr 2022 to fiscal yr 2023*
Ubisoft’s long-in-development pirate ship sim Cranium & Bones was delayed as soon as once more in Could, with its launch date being pushed again to 2022-2023. “Manufacturing led by [Ubisoft] Singapore has been advancing effectively over the previous 12 months and the promise is healthier than ever,” mentioned Ubisoft CFO Frederick Duguet (by way of VGC). “The extra time will enable the group to totally ship on its imaginative and prescient.”
*Ubisoft’s fiscal yr runs from April by the next March, that means Cranium & 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 cause for the delay, although he famous the sport “can be higher for the extra time.” Alongside the announcement, Happ launched a free making-of documentary about Axiom Verge.
God of Conflict 2
- Delayed from 2021 to 2022
Sony’s extremely anticipated God of Conflict sequel was delayed from its preliminary 2021 launch window to 2022. Based on Herman Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, the choice was made “to make sure that Santa Monica Studio can ship the superb God of Conflict recreation that all of us wish to play.”
Which of those are you most upset by? Which games of 2021 are you hoping do not get delayed subsequent? Tell us within the feedback.
Jordan is a contract author for IGN.