Increasingly, game companies are ditching previously announced release dates and opting for delays.
With the release of Bethesda’s RPG Starfield as well as Redfall pushed back from 2022 to the first half of 2023, this year’s release season is full of doubt. With constant delays, it’s unclear what the next postponement will be and what games will actually arrive in 2022.
Increasingly, major gaming companies are opting for a delay. Prior to Starfield and Redfall, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League was pushed back to March 2023, as was Breath of the Wild 2 shortly thereafter.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been one of the postponed games of late. Disclosure / Warner Bros.
Several games that were scheduled for 2022 are being pushed back to 2023, so only a handful of games have been confirmed for this year, at least for now:
- Spoken: Originally scheduled for March and May, now scheduled for October 11, 2022 (PC and PS5).
- Gotham Knights: originally scheduled for 2023, now scheduled for October 25, 2022 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S)
- STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl: originally scheduled for April 28, now scheduled for December 2022 (PC & Xbox Series X|S)
In addition to these titles, there are others planned for 2022, but without a fixed date, making a rescheduling more likely:
- Bayonet 3: scheduled for 2022 (Switch)
- Pokémon Purple and Scarlet: Coming in 2022 (Switch)
- Hogwarts Legacy 2022 Preview (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X|S)
- Scorn: By October 2022, originally planned for 2021 (PC and Xbox Series X|S).
- Marvel Midnight Suns: Expected late 2022, originally scheduled for March 2022 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Switch)
- God of War: Ragnarok: scheduled for 2022, originally scheduled for 2021 (PS4 and PS5)
Looking at this list, one thing definitely stands out: three games with a 2022 date set have already been delayed earlier, and three of the other six games scheduled for 2022 have also experienced delays.
Some of these games suffered from development issues that caused delays, while others simply took longer to complete. It should be noted that the effects of the global pandemic are still affecting game development.
But there’s another element causing delays: the sequel to the disastrous release of Cyberpunk 2077, a CD Projekt Red game. There are even reports that Starfield’s delay was partly due to concerns that the game could be “the next cyberpunk”.
Mistakes have dulled the shine of Cyberpunk 2077’s release. CD Projekt Red/Disclosure
Also, according to Kotaku’s Ethan Gach, this also played a role in the Skull and Bones delay. Even though some games that had issues early on managed to recover after release, the developers prefer not to face all the problems that come with releasing a broken game.
Kotaku suggests that God of War: Ragnarok could be the next game to be delayed, while Gotham Knights could also take longer to develop. On the other hand, Ubisoft has yet to set a 2022 release date for its games, pushing back this year’s release deadline to April 2023. However, there is a strong possibility that Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is being delayed to marry the release. Avatar 2 in December.
As for Marvel’s Midnight Suns, Kotaku says it has received reports that the game’s development is in good shape and that a delay is unlikely.
But one thing’s for sure: studios are increasingly wary of promised dates, and when they do, they’re less inclined to delay release anyway.
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