Video game delays are par for the course. They just happen and we need to accept that. However, the year 2021 is a rare exception. This is because many games with release dates that were supposedly already set in stone are being postponed and delayed, sometimes indefinitely, much to the dismay of fans.
Unlike 2020, where some release dates were pushed back for a couple of months, 2021 will see, and in fact has already seen, more than its fair share of video game delays.
With that said, we've decided to round up all of the big video game delays confirmed so far.
Cyberpunk 2077 Free DLC
Release date: late 2021; delayed from early 2021
CD Projekt Red has their work cut out for them as they fight the uphill battle of salvaging their reputation and turning Cyberpunk 2077 into the game they billed it as. However, doing so by releasing DLC content will have to wait as they work hard to fix the game and make sure that it's playable on all consoles, including the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Patch 1.2 for Cyberpunk 2077 is expected to release in March 2021.
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
Release date: 2022; delayed from 2021
After confirming their ambitious plan to release one major expansion per year until 2022 starting with Beyond Light, Bungie had no choice but to adjust their plans due to the pandemic. As a result, the next Destiny 2 expansion, The Witch Queen, will launch during the first half of 2022 after being slated for a 2021 release.
If it's any consolation though, Bungie seems confident that 2022's Lightfall expansion will release as planned. Or, at least, that's what we're getting from their lack of announcement regarding the third and final expansion from their three-year plan.
Elite Dangerous: Odyssey
Release date: Late Spring (PC) and Fall 2021 (Console); delayed from early 2021
True, it's an expansion and not a full title. But, that doesn't mean that the delay hurts gamers any less.
Frontier Developments note that the delay is the direct result of the "ongoing impact of the pandemic", citing UK's renewed lockdowns as one of the main reasons why they had to push their development timeline.
The upcoming expansion is a big one for Elite Dangerous as it will add the much-awaited feature of being able to land and explore the game's numerous planets on-foot.
Far Cry 6
Release date: mid-2021; delayed from February 2021
It seems like players will have to wait a while to work together with the Amigos to try and take down the tyrannical rule on the fictional island known as Yara.
After being confirmed to release in February 2021, Ubisoft has since stated that Far Cry 6 will instead launch before September 2021.
Gran Turismo 7
Release date: 2022; delayed from 2021
Gran Turismo 7 was one of those titles that Sony seemed pretty sure would release in 2021. However Sony has now confirmed that this is no longer the case. Instead, the game will now launch in 2022, with Sony citing "COVID-related production challenges" forcing them to delay the first numbered Gran Turismo title in years for a full year.
Release date: Fall 2021; delayed from late 2020
An expected Xbox Series X launch title, Microsoft ultimately decided to put an indefinite hold on Halo Infinite. However, as 343 themselves later confirmed, the game is indeed set to launch sooner than expected, with a Fall 2021 timeline.
Now, we don't really know just yet what prompted the delay. Unlike others who have been transparent about the difficulties brought on by the pandemic, 343 nor Microsoft have cited a reason for the delay. Either way, we are thankful that Halo Infinite will finally release after years of waiting.
Release date: 2022; delayed from 2021
Hogwarts Legacy was set to be one of the highlights of 2021 for current-gen and next-gen consoles, but was instead delayed to 2022.
Warner Bros. didn't really specify a reason behind the delay. They also didn't clarify just when exactly in 2022 the game is set to release. This means that the 2022 release date is just as much of a mystery as that of its originally planned 2021 release window.
Release date: August 31; delayed from May 2021
After spending years trying to get into the gaming industry, it seemed like Amazon finally had the right game in New World. However, the multi-national e-commerce platform just can't seem to catch a break, as the game has already been pushed back to an August 31 release after being originally slated to release on May 2021.
Amazon claims that the delay was to make sure that their MMO title will have proper end-game content at launch.
This is arguably the best move that they can make. It would be wise for them to learn from what Marvel's Avengers did when it was released with a serious lack of endgame content - there was nothing to keep gamers around and interested in the long haul.
Release date: April 1; delayed from late 2020
Outriders was a highly anticipated launch title - until it wasn't.
Originally slated to release alongside the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X in late 2020, the game's developers, People Can Fly, decided to delay the game. However, they didn't just delay the game once. After pushing back the release date to February 2, they delayed the game once again to April 1.
If it's any consolation though, there is a fully playable demo out for Outriders. It covers a couple of hours of gameplay and should keep eager fans busy with something in the meantime.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
Release date: Later date; delayed from March 18
The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake is unlikely to make an appearance this year. This is after Ubisoft has delayed it once before, after it was pushed from its original January 2021 release date to March 2021, with the title now expected to release at an unspecified later date.
Release date: April 30; delayed from March 19
One of the most highly anticipated PS5 titles of 2021, Returnal seemed like a lock to release on March 19. However, in their most recent State of Play event, Sony revealed that the game will now release on April 30. This was reportedly done to give Housemarque enough time to polish the game and iron out any existing kinks or so to speak.
Release date: late 2021; delayed from February 25
Ubisoft's "massive multiplayer playground" for sports enthusiasts, where players can bike, ski, or ride a wingsuit across heaven will not release on February 25 as initially intended. Instead, the game will arrive later in 2021, as confirmed in a recent statement.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
Release date: Indefinitely; delayed from 2021
A delay to an unspecified date and a change in developers right around the same time a game was expected to launch never bodes well for any title. This includes Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, the sequel to the highly anticipated cult classic.
Paradox Interactive made the decision to do both earlier this year, citing that they needed "a change" although they did not discuss exactly just what kind of change the development needed.
At this point, the game is very well stuck in development hell. The indefinite delay is just the latest in the long line of delays and departures.
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