Every Game Delay Announced in 2022 (So Far)

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Video game delays have become commonplace during the pandemic — we tallied 60 delays in 2021 alone — as studios largely continue to work within the confines of remote or hybrid development. This unprecedented shift in the way games are made has impacted the last two years of development dramatically, and as such, we’re once again seeing a significant number of games delayed.

To keep track of these ever-shifting release dates and to keep you up on when to expect your most-anticipated games, we’ve created a running list of every such announcement: full games, notable DLC, and every piece of gaming hardware officially delayed this year.

We’re primarily focusing on unreleased games for this list, but if you’d like to see games that were delayed earlier this year and have since been released, you can find those at the bottom. Click through the gallery below or continue scrolling for the full list of every game delay announced in 2022 (so far).

Every Game Delay Announced in 2022

Forspoken

  • Delayed from May 25 to October 11, 2022
  • Delayed again from October 11 to January 24, 2023

Open world action-RPG Forspoken was delayed from May 25 to October 11, developer Luminous Productions announced in March. The additional development time will allow the team to “focus all of [its] efforts on polishing the game” in order to “deliver a game world and hero that gamers across the globe will want to experience for years to come.”

In July, Luminous Productions delayed Forspoken again, this time from October to January 24, 2023. The developer said the “strategic decision” was made as “a result of ongoing discussions with key partners.” It added, “All game elements are now complete, and development is in its final polishing phase.”

Delay Length: 7 months, 30 days | Affected Platforms: PS5, PC

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp

  • Delayed from April 8, 2022, to an unannounced later date

On March 9, Nintendo delayed Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp indefinitely, citing “recent world events,” presumably referring to the ongoing war in Ukraine. While Nintendo didn’t elaborate further, it’s understandable (and wise) that the company is avoiding the promotion and subsequent release of a war-based game in a time of conflict.

Delay Length: TBD | Affected Platform: Switch

Exomecha

  • Delayed from Q1 2022 to an unannounced later date

Explosive free-to-play FPS Exomecha has been delayed out of its early 2022 release window. Developer TwistedRed made the announcement on Twitter, saying it needs more time to . polish the shooter and “prepare some post-launch content.” A new release window wasn’t announced.

This is Exomecha’s second delay; it was originally scheduled for August 2021.

Delay Length: TBD | Affected Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

EA Sports PGA Tour

  • Delayed from Spring 2022 to Spring 2023

The return of EA Sports PGA Tour has been delayed by a year. The next-gen golf game, originally scheduled for Spring 2022, is now due out in Spring 2023. EA didn’t provide a reason for the delay.

The delay was first mentioned back in November, though it wasn’t until March that EA made the official announcement and revealed PGA Tour’s new release window.

Delay Length: 1 year | Affected Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S

Sons of the Forest

  • Delayed from May to October 2022

In late March developer Endnight Games announced it was delaying Sons of the Forest by five months, from May to October 2022. The developer said the initial May release window for its The Forest sequel was “overly ambitious,” adding it needs the additional five months “to deliver our vision of the next step in survival games.”

Delay Length: 5 months | Affected Platforms: TBA

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2

  • Delayed from 2022 to Spring 2023

In late March, Nintendo confirmed the sequel to its 2017 hit Breath of the Wild will not be released in 2022 as originally planned. Instead, the team is aiming for a Spring 2023 release, according to series producer Eiji Aonuma, “in order to make this game’s experience something special, the entire development team is continuing to work diligently on this game, so please wait a while longer.”

Delay Length: <1 year | Affected Platform: Switch

The Witcher 3 Next-Gen

  • Delayed from Q2 to Q4 2022

The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of The Witcher 3 have been delayed indefinitely, CD Projekt Red announced on April 13. (UPDATE: It’s now been scheduled for Q4 2022.) The delay comes as CD Projekt moves development of the next-gen upgrades in-house; they were previously being handled by Saber Interactive. While a new release window has not been announced, the studio ensured fans there isn’t “some monumental sort of time gap ahead of us.”

This is the second delay for The Witcher 3 on PS5 and Series X|S; it was previously pushed from 2021 to Q2 2022.

Delay Length: ~6 months | Affected Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

The Day Before

  • Delayed from June 21, 2022, to March 1, 2023

On May 5, developer Fntastic delayed its open-world survival MMO The Day Before by 8 months. Alongside the delay, the studio announced it was shifting development on the project to Unreal Engine 5.

“The transition to a more advanced and adapted open worlds engine will make the gameplay of The Day Before even more fantastic,” reads a statement from Fntastic. “In this regard, we inform you that the new release date of the game will be March 1st, 2023.”

The Day Before is currently the most wishlisted game on Steam.

Delay Length: 8 months, 8 days | Affected Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Redfall

  • Delayed from Summer 2022 to First Half 2023

In mid-May, Bethesda delayed Arkane Austin’s co-op vampire shooter Redfall from Summer 2022 to the first half of 2023. No specific reason was given for the delay; game director Harvey Smith only said “the team needs more time to bring the game to life,” noting Redfall is the studio’s “most ambitious game yet.”

The delay was unsurprising given the lack of new information on Redfall since its E3 2021 reveal leading up to its initial Summer 2022 release window.

Delay Length: TBD | Affected Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, PC

Starfield

  • Delayed from November 11, 2022, to First Half 2023

Alongside Redfall, Bethesda delayed Starfield to the first half of 2023. The next RPG from Todd Howard and Bethesda Game Studios was previously penciled in for November 11 — a notable date for BGS, which previously released Skyrim on November 11, 2011.

As with Redfall, a specific reason for the delay wasn’t given, though BGS followed up the delay announcement with a tweet saying it simply “needs more time.”

Delay Length: TBD | Affected Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, PC

Dying Light 2 Story DLC

  • Delayed from Early Summer to September 2022

Dying Light 2’s first story DLC was delayed by a few months, developer Techland announced on May 12. The expansion, which takes place “sideways to the main events” of the base game, will now be released in September.

Techland said it simply needs “a bit more time to develop” the DLC in order to meet player expectations.

Delay Length: ≤3 months | Affected Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, PC

Kerbal Space Program 2

  • Delayed from 2022 to Early 2023

Kerbal Space Program 2 is the fifth notable game delay announced in May. The space sim will now be released in early 2023 on PC “and on consoles after that.”

As part of the delay announcement, creative director Nate Simpson laid out the development team’s ambitions for KSP 2: “We’re creating a game of immense technological complexity. And we’ve assembled a team of passionate, talented people to achieve that goal. But we’ve also set ourselves a very high bar of quality.

“The game has to be performant across a wide range of machines. The graphics have to be peerless. The universe has to be rich and interesting to explore.”

Originally due out in 2020, KSP 2 has now been delayed three times — first from 2020 to Fall 2021, then to 2022, and now again to early 2023.

Delay Length: TBD | Affected Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC

Replaced

  • Delayed from 2022 to 2023

Belarus-based Sad Cat Studios’ retro-futuristic platformer Replaced has been delayed to 2023 due to the ongoing war in neighboring Ukraine. “The priority for Sad Cat was for the safety of the team and their families,” the delay announcement reads. “As a result, part of the team has now relocated and work has only recently restarted on Replaced.”

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The delay will “ensure that the game is in the best state it could possibly be,” while giving the studio space to prioritize “both the physical and mental health of the developers.”

Delay Length: 1 year | Affected Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake

  • Delayed from Ubisoft’s FY23 to an unannounced later date

Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia remake has been delayed once again, the company announced in June. The delay follows Ubisoft’s announcement that development on the project was being moved from Ubisoft Pune and Mumbai to Ubisoft Montreal. Ubisoft told IGN the delay is a “consequence” of that shift to Ubisoft Montreal.

The game was previously scheduled for Ubisoft’s 2023 fiscal year, which runs from April 2022 through March 2023. This is Prince of Persia’s third delay; it was originally due out in January 2021.

Delay Length: TBD | Affected Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Homeworld 3

  • Delayed from Q4 2022 to First Half 2023

Homeworld 3 was delayed from late 2022 to the first half of 2023, developer Blackbird Interactive announced on June 10. Blackbird said the additional development time will allow it to “make good on [its] commitment to quality in a healthy and sustainable way for all those involved.”

More info on Homeworld 3 will be revealed during Gamescom in August.

Delay Length: TBD | Affected Platform: PC

Sea of Stars

  • Delayed from 2022 to 2023

Sea of Stars, a turn-based RPG from The Messanger developer Sabotage Studio, was delayed into 2023. The studio said the decision supports its “two main priorities — quality of life for our team and quality of the finished game.”

Sabotage added it’s “looking at options” to potentially release a demo sometime this year.

Delay Length: 1 year | Affected Platforms: Switch, PC

Star Wars: Hunters

  • Delayed from 2022 to 2023

Star Wars: Hunters, a free-to-play arena battler for Switch and mobile, was delayed from 2022 to 2023, developer Zygna announced in July. “We understand game delays are frustrating,” the company wrote, “however, our top priority is ensuring players will have the best possible experience.”

Delay Length: 1 year | Affected Platforms: Switch, Mobile

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (and an Unannounced Ubisoft Game)

  • Delayed from 2022 to Ubisoft’s 2023-24 financial year (April 2023 – March 2024)

Ubisoft’s upcoming first-person action Avatar game, Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, is no longer set to be released at the end of 2022, as previously expected. During Ubisoft’s Q1 earnings report, the company confirmed Ubisoft Massive’s Avatar game will be delayed to Ubisoft’s next fiscal year, meaning it would be released in April 2023 at the earliest, and potentially as late as March 2024.

No explicit reasons were given for the delay, other than Ubisoft saying, “While this additional development time is a reflection of the current ongoing constraints on productions across the industry, we are hard at work to design the most efficient working conditions to ensure both flexibility for our teams as well as strong productivity while delivering the best experiences to players.”

Ubisoft also delayed a “smaller unannounced premium game” out of this current financial year and into the next; Bloomberg reported that game is Assassin’s Creed Rift.

Delay Length: TBD | Affected Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

  • Delayed from September 1, 2022, to “a few months” later

On July 25, developer Daedalic Entertainment announced it had delayed The Lord of the Rings: Gollum by “a few months” in order to “deliver the best possible experience.” The company added it will announce a specific release date “in the near future.”

Gollum was initially scheduled to hit all but one platform on September 1; the Switch version was already expected to be released at a later date. It’s unclear if this delay affects the Switch release date or rather aligns the release date on all platforms.

Delay Length: “A few months” | Affected Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide

  • Delayed from September 13 to November 30, 2022

The PC version of co-op shooter Warhammer 40K: Darktide was delayed from September 13 to November 30, with the Xbox Series X|S version expected “shortly after.” Developer Fatshark Games said the extra time is needed to “improve stability, performance, and to mature key systems.”

Delay Length: 2 months, 17 days (PC), TBD (Xbox) | Affected Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, PC

Season: A Letter to the Future

  • Delayed from Fall 2022 to Q1 2023

Season, the evocative bicycle road trip game from Scavengers Studio, was delayed from Fall 2022 to the first quarter of 2023. The studio said the decision was made in order to “push for quality without it affecting the wellbeing of our team.” The extra time will be used for polish and refinement, according to the developer.

Delay Length: ≤ 6 months | Affected Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC

MultiVersus Season 1 and Morty

  • Delayed from August 9 to an unannounced later date

Season 1 of WB’s free-to-play character fighter MultiVersus was delayed beyond its initial August 9 release date. The addition of Rick and Morty’s Morty as a playable character was delayed as well. A new release date has not been announced, and a reason for the delay was not provided.

Delay Length: TBD | Affected Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC

ARC Raiders

  • Delayed from 2022 to 2023

ARC Raiders has been delayed from 2022 to 2023, developer Embark Studios announced on August 8. It said the extra development time will be used to “expand the experience and allow it to reach its fullest potential.” ARC Raiders is a vibrant, sci-fi third-person PvE shooter with support for three-player co-op. It’s the debut game from Embark, a studio comprised of ex-DICE devs and led by former EA exec Patrick Söderlund.

Delay Length: 1 year | Affected Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC

Marvel’s Midnight Suns

  • Delayed from October 7, 2022, to sometime before April 2023

Marvel’s Midnight Suns, the upcoming tactics game from XCOM developer Firaxis, has seen another delay, and as of now has no official new release date. However, it won’t be a particularly long delay, as Take-Two expects the Marvel tactics game to be released later in its fiscal year, which would mean sometime before the end of March 2023. Midnight Suns’ new delay also has a bit of a split — that tentative window is just for the PC, PS5, and Xbox Series versions, while the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch editions are expected to be released even later.

Delay Length: Up to five months | Affected Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Other Games Delayed in 2022

This section compiles games that were delayed earlier in 2022 and subsequently released. Those games are:

  • King Arthur: Knight’s Tale (delayed from February 15 to April 26)
  • Ghostrunner: Project_Hel DLC (delayed from January 27 to March 3)
  • Call of Duty: Warzone and Vanguard Season 2 (delayed from February 2 to February 14)
  • Evil Dead: The Game (delayed from February 2022 to May 13)
  • Battlefield 2042 Season One (delayed from Early 2022 to June 9)
  • Martha Is Dead (PS5, PS4 Physical Versions) (delayed from February 24 to May 13)
  • Roller Champions (delayed from Early 2022 to May 25)
  • Two Point Campus (delayed from May 17 to August 9)
  • The Quarry Online Multiplayer (delayed from June 10 to July 8)

Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN.

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