This year began with a slew of high-profile game delays, most notably Cyberpunk 2077 and the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, but then COVID-19 struck and and threw the games industry through a loop. We've compiled a list of every game that's been delayed into 2020 and beyond. Some of these games have been delayed indefinitely while others have release windows or a final release date.
We'll continually update this list as more games are delayed.
- Marvel's Avengers
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Death Stranding
- Dying Light 2
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered
- Ghost of Tsushima
- Gods & Monsters
- Iron Man VR
- The Last of Us Part II
- Minecraft Dungeons
- Rainbow Six Quarantine
- Skull & Bones
- Star Wars Episode I: Racer
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
- Wasteland 3
- Watch Dogs: Legion
Games delayed in 2020
Marvel's Avengers was supposed to come out on May 15, but Square Enix delayed it by several months. This delay was attributed to ensuring that developer Crystal Dynamics would deliver the "ultimate Avengers gaming experience." This extra time will be spent fine-tuning and polishing the game.
Release date: September 4, 2020
After a catastrophic event seemingly kills an iconic hero and forces the Avengers to disband, the world turns elsewhere for its safety, losing hope in superheroes. However, when a new threat appears, the Avengers must reassemble to save everyone.
This didn't come as a huge surprise, but it was disappointing. CD Projekt RED delayed Cyberpunk 2077 from its initial release date on April 16, 2020. Now it's set to launch shortly after Avengers in September. In the announcement regarding its delay, CD Projekt RED simply said that though the game is "complete and playable," there is still a lot of work to be done.
Release date: September 17, 2020
What is sure to be CD Projekt RED's most ambitious game ever, Cyberpunk 2077 takes us to the sprawling world of Night City held under tight reigns by various corporations. It has Keanu Reeves in it. Need I say more? I don't think so.
Kojima's controversial game was set to hit PC in June, but that plan was upended because of the pandemic. PC players will need to wait until July to get their hands on Death Stranding. Of course — if it hasn't been spoiled for you already — you can also always buy it for PlayStation 4 right now.
Release date: July 14, 2020
Considering the state that the world is currently in, I think some of us owe Kojima an apology for saying Death Stranding was too unbelievable. Because who would ever worship delivery service members as vital parts of society? That's preposterous.
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 can't seem to catch a break. It was supposed to hit consoles and PC sometime in Spring 2020, but Techland has since delayed it indefinitely, with no word on a new release date. All we can do is stay tuned for more details in the coming months. Let's just hope it doesn't land in development hell.
Release date: TBD (Delayed indefinitely)
After creating the Dead Island series, developer Techland moved onto Dying Light, and it became exactly the type of zombie apocalypse game it was hoping for. Dying Light 2 aims to continue the trend whenever it eventually releases.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered
Only a few short months ago Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered was set to release on Jan. 23. As you can see, that didn't happen. Square Enix instead bumped the release date back to Summer 2020, but a specific date is currently unknown.
Release date: Summer 2020
It's being overshadowed by Final Fantasy 7 Remake, but Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles is getting its own remaster very soon. Believe it or not, the original spin-off only released on the Nintendo GameCube when it first launched in 2004.
Ghost of Tsushima
When the pandemic delayed The Last of Us Part II to June, Ghost of Tsushima had to be pushed back as well. Sony doesn't want two of its exclusives competing against each other within a matter of days. Luckily, the delay wasn't too bad and we'll be getting out hands of Ghost of Tsushima in mid-July.
Release date: July 17, 2020
Step into the shoes of one of the last samurai during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. With Tsushima island, one of the last roadblocks keeping the Mongols from mainland Japan, it's up to you to defend your nation.
Gods & Monsters
The developers behind Assassin's Creed Odyssey have been hard at work on Gods & Monsters, but the game still needs a bit more time to cook before it's ready. Ubisoft went and delayed several games to its 2020-2021 fiscal year, and Gods & Monsters happened to be one of them.
Release date: Between April 2020 and March 2021
A forgotten hero embarks on a quest to save the Greek gods and defeat Typhon, one of the deadliest monsters in Greek mythology. Forget realistic graphics and hop into the colorful, stylized world of the Isle of the Blessed.
Iron Man VR
Sony had planned to release Iron Man VR at the end of February, but it then pushed it back to May 15, 2020, coincidentally the same day that Marvel's Avengers was originally supposed to release. Unfortunately, COVID-19 delayed it even further, and it's not set to release in early July.
Release date: July 3, 2020
Suit up as Tony Stark in his iconic Iron Man suit and live out your superhero dreams in virtual reality. This is about as close as you or I will ever get to the real thing, so we should appreciate what we can get.
The Last of Us Part II
I genuinely felt bad for this delay because Naughty Dog set up a whole event to unveil The Last of Us Part II's release date, making a huge deal that was is coming out in February.... only for it to be delayed a couple of months later. And then the pandemic hit. The Last of Us Part II is now expected on June 19.
Release date: June 19, 2020
It'll be hard to top the masterpiece that was The Last of Us, but Naughty Dog is willing to try. This time around we're playing as Ellie as she's consumed by revenge and vows to kill those who have wronged her. She's not alone, though, and Joel always has her back.
Minecraft Dungeons was set to come out in April 2020, but COVID-19 threw a wrench in those plans. The delay wasn't too bad, though, and the Mojang's dungeon crawler is set to come out on May 26 for consoles and PC. Prepare to battle with up to four players in either online or couch co-op.
Release date: May 26, 2020
Minecraft Dungeons combines the best of classic dungeon crawlers like Diablo but sets it in the popular world of Minecraft. Get your bows and swords ready for some epic fights.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
We don't know a lot about Rainbow Six Quarantine, and we may not learn more for a bit now. It was supposed to release before the end of Ubisoft's fiscal year — April 2020 — but it has since been pushed to an undetermined date during the next fiscal year.
Release date: Between April 2020 and March 2021
Team up and take on a mutating alien virus in Rainbow Six Quarantine. It's an entire game inspired by Rainbow Six Siege's Outbreak event in Operation Chimera. The developer ensures that the enemies this virus creates are more lethal than ever.
Skull & Bones
This isn't the first delay that Skull & Bones has suffered, and it probably won't be the last. It was expected to release in Q3/Q4 of 2018 before being pushed into 2019. We can see how that panned out as it's 2020 and it has still yet to release. Ubisoft plans to launch it sometime after March 2020.
Release date: Sometime after March 2020
Were you ever playing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and thought it would be awesome to have a full game based on piracy and naval combat? Well soon (possibly, maybe soon-ish) you can in Skull & Bones.
Star Wars Episode I: Racer
A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. No one saw this port coming.... and then it was delayed. Originally set to release on May 12, it got bumped to May 26 for PS4. Then, shortly after it was delayed indefinitely, with no new release date to speak of. We're hoping for sooner rather than later, but the pandemic is causing a lot of unforeseen difficulties.
Release date: TBD
Let's be honest, we all wanted be podracers when we were younger. This port takes us back to a galaxy far, far away with uprezzed FMV sequences, remapped controls, and higher output resolutions.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Fans have eagerly awaited over a decade for this sequel to the cult classic. It was initially scheduled to hit store shelves in March 2020 but was delayed until sometime later in the year at an unspecified date.
Release date: Late 2020
Vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures have secretly shaped all of human history in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. As a thinblood vampire, your character is weaker than most, but you can work your way up the ladder.
inXile Entertainment was hoping to have this one out by May, but that just wasn't in the cards. Again, COVID-19 forced the studio to delay it until the end of August. Thankfully it's not too long of a delay, and we should have it on out hands this summer if all goes according to plan.
Release date: August 28, 2020
The iconic Wasteland series is taking us to the freezing desolate landscapes of Colorado. Because who doesn't want to be in the post-apocalypse right about now?
Watch Dogs: Legion
Watch Dogs: Legion was set to take us to a post-Brexit London on March 6, 2020, but it was also delayed to Ubisoft's fiscal 2020-2021 year. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot attributed the delays to give the teams "more development time to ensure that their respective innovations are perfectly implemented."
Release date: Between April 2020 and March 2021
DedSec has made its way across the pond to a post-Brexit London ruled by a surveillance state. Players will be able to control any NPC they come to meet. But be careful, because once they die, they're dead for good.
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