All games delayed in 2021 so far

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You will have to wait a little longer to play all these games.

COVID-19 put the planet on pause for the better part of 2020. We started to see video games delayed last year, including some major releases, but the real effect of the pandemic seems to be for games that were already planned for 2021, teams needed using new work-from-home settings that slowed down processes and, ultimately, often slowed development. We haven't made much progress in the year yet, but several games have already been postponed and we've made a list of all of them.



The games on this list had concrete release dates or a release window, so some games announced for 2022, such as Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4, were not included. A game also didn't need to be delayed in 2021 to be on the list - it just had to be delayed.

Skull bones

A tale as old as time. A song as old as a rhyme. Skull and bones behind. It's easy to forget that Ubisoft's open-world online pirate game is still in development, but it is, and the company reminded investors during a May 2020 earnings call. which means it won't arrive until April 2022 at the earliest. 

The game was first announced in 2017 and has gone through development changes, including getting a new creative director. The studio's managing director, Hugues Ricour, also stepped down in late 2020 over allegations of harassment and bullying.



Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach

The awaited next gameo Five Nights at Freddy’s, Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach , looks like it will be a big step forward for the indie horror series, but creator Scott Cawthon needs more time to fully realize his vision. As such, the game was delayed until late 2021, but Cawthon also released a free game called Security Breach: Fury's Rage as a consolation gift. It is heavily inspired by the Streets of Rage series.

Deathloop

O Deathloop de Arkane Lyon was planned to be released in May, having already been pulled from a late 2020 window, but it won't meet that date either. The Dishonored-style action game is coming on September 14, and the developer said it wanted to make sure it can create a “fun, elegant, and mind-blowing player experience” while keeping its employees healthy and insurance.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

Originally planned to be released in Spring 2021, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga has been postponed to an uncertain future date. Traveller's Tales didn't give an exact reason for the delay, other than giving the team more time to deliver "the biggest and best Lego game ever", and said it would provide new release information as soon as possible.

Gran Turismo 7

Sony confirmed in February that the Gran Turismo 7 has been postponed to 2022. The decision came as “critical” parts of the development process were affected by the pandemic and, due to the changing nature of the global situation, a definitive date has not been set. As we get closer to next year, that will likely change.



Riders republic

Originally slated to release in February, Ubisoft has delayed its extreme sports game Riders republic about a month before launch. It's now arriving at an unspecified future date of 2021, and Ubisoft has given a vague statement about wanting to "deliver the best fun experience" in announcing the delay.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

We cannot put our “hands” on The Lord of the Rings: Gollum until 2022. The game's planned 2021 release was delayed earlier in the year, with companies Daedalic Entertainment and Nacon partnering on the project moving forward. It is still planned to release on several different systems, including Xbox Series X, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

return

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return It didn't have a huge delay, but it was delayed anyway. Originally planned for a March release, Housemarque's PS5-exclusive roguelite third-person shooter is releasing on April 30th. action with a third-person perspective and production values ​​more like a AAA game.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Kena: Bridge of Spirits had a delay in early 2021, not long after it was unveiled at the official PS5 reveal event. However, that window didn't stick either. In late February it was delayed, this time getting a firm date to August 24th for the PS4 and PS5 versions. There is nothing to say that it will not be postponed again, but the new concrete date inspires a little more confidence that it will actually come out then.



Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time Remake

Originally planned for a March release, the remake of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was postponed to an uncertain future date in February. Ubisoft cited a desire to make a remake that still feels fresh and at the same time true to the spirit of the original version, but didn't specify how long the delay would be or if it's still planned for a 2021 release. The series has largely been on ice since. that Assassin's Creed exploded in popularity over a decade ago.

Hogwarts legacy

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Hogwarts legacy , a 19th century game based on the Harry Potter series, was scheduled for release later this year but has been delayed to 2022. The delay came amid controversy surrounding author JK Rowling, who is not directly involved with the project. Developer Avalanche Software previously worked on the Disney Infinity series and is separate from Just Cause's Avalanche Studios.

Gotham Knights

Gotham Knights , a spin-off from the Batman series and non-canon, was slated to arrive before the end of 2021, before being found next year. Warner Bros. made a very vague statement about wanting to "provide the best possible experience for players", but didn't specify the reason for the delay.

The co-op action game is directed by Patrick Redding, who has worked on Splinter Cell and Far Cry. It's just a DC game that Warner Bros. has been cooking, with a Suicide Squad game also coming in 2022. However, we wouldn't be shocked to see that one has also been defeated.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2

A game full of controversy and production problems, Vampires: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 was delayed last year to a 2021 date. Since then, publisher Paradox has chosen to delay the game again, this time out of 2021 altogether. 

Additionally, a new developer is working on the project, replacing Hardsuit Labs, which was later hit with layoffs. It's one of the few troubled projects that previously involved writer Chris Avellone, who was later accused of sexual misconduct, though none of his contributions are being used.

Dying Light 2

Dying Light 2 it has been delayed a few different times and was originally scheduled for release about a year ago. Its latest delay, announced in January, was indefinite, though it has yet to be confirmed for 2021, and Techland has been accused of a toxic work environment and weak leadership. 

Writer Chris Avellone also worked on Dying Light 2 and left the project amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Its delays come when Dead Island 2 a sequel to a game that Techland also created has been in development hell for several years and is now at its third developer.

Guilty gear strive

The latest 2D fighting game from Arc System Works, Guilty gear strive , was delayed by about two months, running from April to June 11, 2021. The delay came after the game's open beta, during which the studio solicited feedback from the community and determined that it wanted to spend more time polishing it ahead of time. launch. This includes improvements to server stability, as well as improvements to online lobbies, which are sometimes problematic in the company's other online fighting games.

humankind

The 4X strategy game humankind , which lets you rewrite human history as you see fit, has been pushed back from April to August as developer Amplitude Studios looks to respond to feedback received during a beta period. The elements the studio is looking to improve are the tools of rhythm, balance and diplomacy. The UI will also be improved ahead of its new release date of August 17th.

Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood , a Turtle Rock co-op horror shooter that serves as a spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, has been delayed from June 22 to October 12. The studio didn't give any concrete information about the reason for the delay other than wanting to improve the game, but said there would be an open beta this summer for eager players to try out. A separate alpha test was conducted on PC last year.

Outriders

First pushed back to February, before being pushed back again to April 1, People Can Fly's Outriders may have actually benefited from the delay in unintended ways. A substantial demo released before the game's release, giving players a chance to experience its co-op shooter action and see its RPG elements. 

It's become popular enough that the studio is even updating the demo to resolve comments and issues, and you'll be able to carry progress from the demo into the full game.

Pragmatic

Wait, have they already announced this delay? O Pragmatic Capcom was shown in 2020 as a showcase for the PS5, but the game was already delayed. It won't release until 2023, which means it's likely to be a long time before we hear more about the game. It gave Death Stranding vibes to its previous appearance, and it's set for release on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X | S.

N

O MMO N from Amazon has been delayed more times than we can count. Seemingly one of the only games that Amazon hasn't fully canceled, New World has been moved from a vague Spring 2021 window to August 31, 2021. 

The development team is working on improving the endgame features ahead of release, as well as adding more polish to the game in general. It's just an MMO that Amazon is working on, with a Lord of the Rings project in the works as well.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen

Scheduled for release in November, the expansion Destiny 2: The Witch Queen has been postponed to 2022. The scope and complexity of the expansion and its narrative ties to other content were one of the reasons for the delay, and the studio also wanted to avoid putting extra pressure on the development team during the pandemic. However, in-game content, including the Vault of Glass raid, will continue throughout 2021.

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