We saw 2020 begin with a slew of high-profile game delays, most notably Cyberpunk 2077 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Then, COVID-19 struck and threw the games industry through a head-spinning loop through 2021. Now, as 2022 continues, more delays continue to hit the industry as developers truly begin to understand the effects the pandemic had on their work pipeline.
We've compiled a list of every game delayed from 2021 and beyond. Some of these games are stalled indefinitely, while others have set release windows or final release dates. We'll continually update this list as more game news develops.
Games delayed into 2022 and beyond
Final Fantasy 16
Final Fantasy 16 never had a firm release date, but that hasn't stopped the developer from notifying fans that development was set back by six months. It's unclear when exactly it will launch, though people can expect more information later in 2022. As expected, this delay was attributed to the pandemic.
Release date: Summer 2023
Luminous Productions and Square Enix's upcoming JRPG Forspoken needs a little more time before it's ready to hit PC and PS5. Announcing its delay, the team said "our vision for this exciting new IP is to deliver a game world and hero that gamers across the globe will want to experience for years to come, so getting it right is extremely important to us."
Release date: Oct. 11, 2022
Forspoken is an Isekai fantasy where players are transported from New York City to the world of Athia. Using your newfound magical abilities, you'll fight towering monsters and journey across an unfamiliar landscape on your trek home.
God of War Ragnarok
We don't know much about God of War Ragnarok other than what we can glean from its reveal trailer, but we did know it wasn't going to release in 2021 as initially planned. Instead, Sony Santa Monica needs some more time and bumped the release date to sometime in 2022.
Release date: 2022
WB Games Montreal's highly-anticipated Batman title didn't make its planned release in 2021. To deliver the best experience possible, Gotham Knights was postponed until October 2022. When it launches on PS5, players will be able to take control of the Bat Family and uncover the secrets behind the Court of Owls.
Release date: Oct. 25, 2022
WB Games unveiled Hogwarts Legacy during a Sony PS5 press conference in September 2020. The upcoming RPG was set to take us back to the popular Wizarding World sometime in 2021, but to create "the best possible experience," it was delayed until 2022. It looks like we'll need to wait a bit longer, but hopefully, it'll be worth it.
Release date: Holiday 2022
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Ubisoft is remaking the classic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, but in all honesty, the reveal trailer looked... rough. Nothing like what a proper remake should. Though it was intended to release in January 2021, its first delay was until March 2021, and then indefinitely.
Release date: TBD
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is an interesting one. It's easily the biggest and most ambitious title from developer Daedalic Entertainment, so it makes sense that it needs more time to ensure that it meets expectations. Daedalic said it should "fully leverage the power of the new generation of consoles" and "the universe will be faithfully represented" when it launches in 2022.
Release date: 2022
Saints Row's reboot was intended for a packed February 2022, but it was moved to August 2022. The developer stated this move was to ensure the game exceeds expectations, and meets their high standards to do their vision justice.
Release date: Aug. 23, 2022
Your adventure in Santo Ileso will have to wait a little bit longer. At least until then, you always have the original four Saints Row games to play. When you do get your hands on this reboot, you'll find yourself embroiled in a fight between rival gangs. Take control of the city's nine districts with a wide variety of high-tech weaponry.
Skull & Bones
It's not the first delay Skull & Bones 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 now 2022 — and it has still yet to release. Ubisoft expects to release it during its next fiscal year, which begins in April 2022.
Release date: Before March 2023
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is the next adventure coming from Batman Arkham developer Rocksteady Studios, but it won't hit its anticipated 2022 release after all. Creative director Sefton Hill made the announcement on Twitter, stating, "We've made the difficult decision to delay Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League to Spring 2023. I know a delay is frustrating but that time is going into making the best game we can."
Release date: Spring 2023
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Fans have eagerly awaited this sequel to the cult classic for over a decade. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 was initially scheduled to hit store shelves in March 2020, but was delayed later into 2020 and then further until sometime in 2021 at an unspecified date. Then, the publisher went on to obliterate the development team and delayed it indefinitely.
Release date: TBA (Delayed indefinitely)
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures have secretly shaped all of human history in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. As a thin blood vampire, your character is weaker than most, but you can climb the ladder. When players finally get to jump in, they'll be treated to a wonderfully gothic world.
The delays will surely continue
Don't be too surprised if your favorite anticipated game ends up being delayed in the coming months. While delays are a normal part of the industry and can sometimes lead to a better finished product, the problem has only been exacerbated the last few years.
Whether its first-party titles from PlayStation and Xbox, or third-games from a variety of publishers, the entire industry has been hit hard with delays across most studios. If a game you're looking forward to does happen to be delayed, at least there are still plenty of other games to play right now.
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