Every Game Delayed Right Now (2023 Edition)
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COVID-19 put the planet on pause for much of 2020 and 2021, and that has affected the release date for lots of video games. Even as we are now in 2023, we are still seeing a whole bunch of games delayed, including ones that were announced well before the pandemic started. To help keep everything organized, we've made a list of every game delayed right now, including those with delays announced weeks or months ago. Once a game has been released, it will be removed from this list.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the follow-up to the excellent Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Expectations are high for the action-adventure game, and Respawn Entertainment knows the pressure is on. The developer and Electronic Arts opted to delay the game six weeks, moving it from a March release date to April 28, 2023. Cal Kestis' next adventure will have to wait a little longer, but as we all know, it already happened a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away).
The Last Faith
The Souls-like Metroidvania game The Last Faith, which looks quite a bit like a retro-style Bloodborne, was supposed to release this year. However, Playstack and Kimi Souls Games opted to push it into 2023 in order to give the team a chance to keep improving it. The team said its "dreams for this game are as big as yours."
Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp
This one hurt. Less than two months before it was due to release--December 3, 2021--Advance Wars 1 + 2: Re-Boot Camp was pushed back to April. It was then pushed back just a month before launch in response to "world events," almost certainly meaning the war in Ukraine. Far more than a remaster, this complete remake of the two GBA-era Advance Wars games sports a new art style and support for up to four players. Given how long it has been since the series' last game, we supposed waiting a few more months isn't the end of the world.
Originally scheduled for a late 2021 release, Abandoned from Blue Box Game Studios will now arrive at a later date. Very little is known about the project--and questions surrouding its unclear messaging and seemingly intentional teases to Hideo Kojima and Silent Hill--have brought some controversy to the project. There is no evidence that Kojima is involved, and the developer has said this outright several times.
Everyone knows soup tastes better when it takes more time to simmer, and Chikon Club's Soup Pot will be doing that--slated for release in August, the game is now coming to Xbox platforms and PC later this year in order to give the developer more time for polishing. You'll be doing "livestreams" of your cooking in the game to make over 100 dishes.
First revealed with a gameplay trailer in 2020 and planned for a 2021 launch, the open-world spin-off to Black Desert Online, Crimson Desert, is now arriving at an unspecified future date as Pearl Abyss works to add "new ideas" to make a "deeper, more enriching game."
Skull & Bones
A tale as old as time. A song as old as rhyme. Skull & Bones delayed.
Skull & Bones has been delayed so many times, it has become a punchline. After already suffering numerous delays, it was scheduled to arrive in March 2023. Just a few months before this planned launch, Ubisoft delayed it once again--this time to its fiscal year 2024. The earliest it could arrive is April 1, 2023.
The game was first announced back in 2017 and has undergone development shakeups, including getting a new creative director. Studio managing director Hugues Ricour also left his position in late 2020 over harassment and bullying allegations.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
We won't be able to get our "handses" on The Lord of the Rings: Gollum until 2022. The game's planned 2021 launch got pushed early in the year, with companies Daedalic Entertainment and Nacon partnering on the project moving forward. It's still planned to release on several different systems, including Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Originally planned for a launch this March, the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time remake was delayed to an unclear future date back in February. Ubisoft cited wanting to make a remake that still feels fresh while staying true to the spirit of the original version, but it didn't specify how long the delay would be but it's planned for 2022. The series has been largely on ice since Assassin's Creed exploded in popularity over a decade ago.
Hogwarts Legacy, a game set in the 19th century of Harry Potter's world, was scheduled to release in 2021 and was then delayed to Holiday 2022. That didn't happen, either, as the game is now scheduled to release in February 2023. The PC, PlayStation, and Xbox versions will release at this time. However, the Nintendo Switch version is coming at a later and undetermined date.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
A game awash in controversy and production issues, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 got delayed late last year to a 2021 date. Since then, publisher Paradox chose to delay the game again, this time out of 2021 completely. Furthermore, a new developer is working on the project, replacing Hardsuit Labs, which was subsequently hit with layoffs. It's one of a few troubled projects that previously involved writer Chris Avellone, who was later accused of sexual misconduct, though none of his contributions are being used.
The Division: Heartland
A free-to-play take on the online multiplayer shooter-RPG, The Division: Heartland has been moved to April 2022 at the very soonest, based on Ubisoft's fiscal calendar. However, this could also put the game as late as March 2023, and it will likely be a bit longer before the company says exactly when it's coming out. Unlike the Massive-led first two games, The Division: Heartland is in development at Red Storm, which previously worked on Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon games.
Everything we said for Overwatch 2 also applies to Diablo IV. The game is now likely not coming out in 2022, making it a possible decade between the game and Diablo III. Blizzard's ongoing controversies and leadership shakeups likely haven't helped matters, though producer Rod Fergusson has become something of a specialist in getting long-in-development games to finally ship.
Marvel's Midnight Suns
The latest game from Jake Solomon and the strategy experts at Firaxis is not yet available on last-gen consoles and Nintendo Switch. These versions of the games were delayed into 2023, though PC and current-gen versions released before the end of 2022.
Six Days In Fallujah
The controversial shooter Six Days In Fallujah, which was actually canceled well over a decade ago before being revived, has been delayed until Q4 2022. The game, in development at Highwire Games, takes place during the real Second Battle of Fallujah and has drawn criticism for a developer initially saying it wouldn't be making a political statement before backtracking.
A mysterious and Death Stranding-esque game from Capcom, Pragmata was already not scheduled to arrive until 2022. However, that window has now been closed, as the publisher revealed the game will instead be arriving in 2023. No specific reason was given for the delay other than wanting to provide a better experience.
From the developers behind Rez Infinite and Tetris Effect, Humanity looks to be a unique and experimental game for PS4 and PlayStation VR. However, it's also gone through some development slowdown and will now release in 2022.
Frontier's Warhammer: Age of Sigmar RTS
Can a game be delayed if it doesn't have a final name? Apparently, as Frontier Development has announced its previously teased Warhammer: Age of Sigmar will now likely not arrive until late 2023. That should be fine with Warhammer fans, as they have quite a few of those games to play in the interim.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl
Planned previously for an April 2022 launch, the long-awaited STALKER 2 was first delayed to December 8 before a further delay pushed it into 2023. The studio, based in Ukraine, was forced to pause development due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, with some of its development team even volunteering for the armed forced to defend the country.
The oft-delayed strategy game The Settlers has been delayed again, this time indefinitely. Previously planned to launch March 17, the game was pushed back to an undetermined future date after the game's closed beta received criticism. Ubisoft Dusseldorf is using the time to "improve the game and push quality as [its] main priority for all players."
EA Sports PGA Tour
Talk about a double bogey. After already delaying the game once with an expected release window of late 2022, EA has opted to delay EA Sports PGA Tour a second time. The upcoming golf game is now coming in Spring 2023, and will have to do without the Tiger Woods name once again. The golf legend has switched teams, now working exclusively with 2K Games.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rocksteady's first full-length game since Batman: Arkham Knight needs a little more time to cook. Scheduled for a 2022 release previously, the developer announced Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will now be arriving in 2023. The game features characters like Harley Quinn and Deadshot, and it's technically a narrative sequel to Arkham Knight.
Sons of the Forest
The much-anticipated follow-up to The Forest was originally planned to launch in May, but Sons of the Forest developer Endnight Games now says that window was "overly ambitious." The survival game is now scheduled to arrive in October, and given its spooky themes, this new window just might actually be the perfect choice.
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
Previously planned to launch at some point in 2022, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will now release in May 2023. Nintendo didn't get a specific reason for the delay, though with any Zelda game, the reason can usually amount to "making sure it's perfect." The sequel will include gameplay in the air as well as the ground and it sports the same visual style as Breath of the Wild.
The Day Before
More like a little later than the day before, are we right? The Day Before, a highly anticipated MMO, was scheduled to launch in June, but the development team opted to make a big change. To accommodate a switch to Unreal Engine 5, The Day Before was planned for March 1, 2023. Shortly before this, an odd trademark dispute played a role in the game being moved to November 2023.
Bethesda's other planned 2022 game, Redfall, was delayed at the same time as Starfield and also received a 2023 release window. The cooperative action game is developed by Arkane Austin and looks to differ fairly significantly from the studio's work on Dishonored and Prey. It will also be the first Arkane game to not release on a PlayStation system in more than a decade.
One of the biggest games of 2022 will now be one of the biggest games of 2023. Bethesda's Starfield had a set date: November 11, 2022, but this may have been too optimistic. The game will now be releasing at some point in 2023, without a new final date determined. Bethesda gave a vague "polish" explanation for the delay, as well as the delay of Redfall, in an update post on social media in May.
Kerbal Space Program 2
The sequel to the acclaimed space flight simulation Kerbal Space Program will not be arriving in 2022. Kerbal Space Program 2 will arrive in early 2023 on PC, followed by a console release later that year, with Intercept Games emphasizing quality and polish as the primary reasons for the delay.
Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown
The next entry in the Test Drive Unlimited series will no longer arrive in 2022. Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown takes 550 kilometers of Hong Kong Island and makes it playable in a driving "lifestyle" game, and the development team stressed that polish is especially important.
T-t-t-t-t-chia! Sorry. Tchia has been delayed to next year, with developer Awaceb's "control anything" adventure game needing more polish and a chance to add additional "little details," according to the announcement. The game has been in development for more than three years thus far, and it also comes with a fully playable ukulele that has both gameplay and creative implications.
The upcoming sci-fi platformer Replaced was planned to release in 2022, but the game is now coming out next year. The decision was made by developer Sad Cat Studios along with Coatsink and Thunderful because the studio has developers located in both Belarus and Ukraine. With the ongoing war, the team opted to relocate and had to pause development during this period.
The strategy game Homeworld 3 was previously planned to launch at some point in 2022, but that is no longer in the cards. Gearbox and Blackbird Interactive opted to move it to the first half of 2023, not giving a specific reason other than wanting to offer the "highest quality." Fans will be able to hear more on the game during Gamescom in August, however, so that should help to make the wait easier.
Sea of Stars
Sea of Stars--the next game from Sabotage Studio and a prequel to its game The Messenger--was scheduled to release in late 2022, but it has since been delayed to 2023. The game, while taking place before The Messenger, doesn't follow its gameplay style at all, ditching the Ninja Gaiden platforming and action style for a turn-based role-playing game. Sabotage said it was looking to keep both the game's quality and its team members' quality of life in mind when deciding to delay it.
Star Wars: Hunters
The battle arena game Star Wars: Hunters, a mobile and Switch title, looks like it could be one of the more exciting Star Wars multiplayer games to release in recent memory. We'll have to wait a bit longer to confirm this, however, as Zynga has delayed the game until 2023. The developers said its biggest priority it "ensuring players have the best possible experience," and that meant pushing the launch date.
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora
The first-person action-adventure game Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is in development at Ubisoft's Massive studio, but it won't be ready for its original release window. Ubisoft announced in July 2022 that the game would be delayed, releasing in the next fiscal year. This puts it, at the earliest, at April 2023, though it could be well beyond that before we actually get to explore Pandora.
Season: A Letter To The Future
There aren't exactly a plethora of bicycle road trip games on the market, and you're going to have to wait longer than expected for one of the biggest. Season: A Letter To The Future was scheduled to arrive this year, but Scavengers Studio opted to delay the game until 2023. For now, that delay is still putting the game in Q1 of next year, so the wait shouldn't be too unbearable.
A cooperative shooter created by a former Battlefield developer, Arc Raiders was previously scheduled to arrive in 2022. However, Embark Studios put out a message in August that announced a delay to 2023 in order to "expand the experience, and allow it to reach its fullest potential." A final date in 2023 has not yet been announced.
River City Girls 2
WayForward's River City Girls was a big hit, and expectations are very high for the sequel. However, River City Girls 2 will not hit its originally scheduled Summer 2022 window in North America. The developer has not given a new window yet, only saying it will come "sometime after" this point and to stay tuned for more information.
Metal Slug Tactics
A spin-off of the main run-and-gun Metal Slug series (which we haven't seen for a little while), Metal Slug Tactics was scheduled to arrive at some point in 2022, but it has since been delayed into next year. The very short announcement said "the squad needs a bit more time in the shop to prepare for the battles ahead," but didn't specify what needed more time. In any event, it'll be available on Switch and PC.
Deliver Us Mars
The follow-up to Deliver Us The Moon, Deliver Us Mars was originally scheduled to launch in September 2022. However, about a month before its release date, Frontier and Keoken announced it was being pushed by more than four months in order to give players a better experience. The new release date is February 2, 2023.
Planet of Lana
The rescue adventure Planet of Lana won't be arriving this year after all. Developer Wishfully made the announcement while also confirming the game will come to Xbox Game Pass at launch in Spring 2023. No final release date has been set, but the gorgeous game certainly looks like it'll be worth the wait.
A Space for the Unbound
Unlike most other games that have been delayed in 2022, A Space for the Unbound's console versions were not delayed because they needed more time in development. Instead, the delay came after Toge Productions and Mojiken Studio terminated its publishing agreement with PQube Games, alleging the latter company had misused grant funding intended for a diversity initiative. The two companies added that PQube has refused to give them back publishing control for consoles, and the game is being delayed until the situation can be worked out.
Bomb Rush Cyberfunk
A spiritual successor to the Jet Set Radio (or Jet Grind Radio) series, Team Reptile's Bomb Rush Cyberfunk was previously scheduled to release in 2022. However, the studio announced in August that doing this would not "take it to a level where [the team] would be personally satisfied," and it chose to delay the game. The fairly long length of the delay was slightly surprising, however, as it's now planned to arrive in Summer 2023.
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
Though not a very long delay, it's a delay nonetheless--Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth, which is an updated take on the PSP game, will no longer release alongside Valkyrie Elysium. Instead, the game is coming out on December 22, and those who had preordered the Valkyrie Elysium Digital Deluxe Edition will receive the game on that date. A standard "improve the quality" reason was given for the delay, but at least you have another game to play while you wait!
Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals
The highly anticipated follow-up to Oxenfree was slated to arrive in 2022, but Night School Studio evidently needs to take a few more classes before the game is ready. In a statement, the studio said it wants to make the game "truly special" and also add additional localization options, so the release window is moving to 2023. No final release date has been shared, but it will be available on PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Company of Heroes 3
Company of Heroes 3, the latest in Relic Entertainment's WWII strategy series, was planned to launch on November 17 or PC. However, the development team announced in early October that it was still focused on fixing bugs and polishing gameplay, as well as addressing feedback from testers. Now, the game is planned to launch on February 23, 2023, which Relic says will allow it to put the game in a "better overall state."
Cyan--best known for the Myst games--is currently developing the adventure Firmament, but it's going to take a little longer before it's ready. According to the official announcement, the studio chose to delay the game to early 2023 after having conversations with "key team members and staff." More news will be shared in 2023 regarding the launch day.
Convergence: A League of Legends Story
Convergence: A League of Legends Story takes Riot's famous MOBA and transforms it into a 2D sidescrolling action game. However, we're going to have to wait a bit longer to play it, as Riot Forge has opted to delay the game to 2023 in order to "put on some finishing touches." When it launches, it'll give League of Legends players the chance to play as Ekko in a whole new way.
Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story
Delayed at the same time as Convergence, Tequilla Works' Song of Nunu will also be arriving in 2023 in order to allow for more polish. The adventure game will be available across console and PC, and the single-player adventure features exploration gameplay unlike anything else in the franchise.
Dead Island 2
In development, at least in some form, for nearly a decade, Dead Island 2 has been delayed numerous times. After finally getting an official release date--set for February 2023--it looks like the road to release was finally reaching its conclusion. However, another delay followed just a few months later, with the open-world zombie game now coming in April 2023... maybe.
Amnesia: The Bunker
Amnesia is finally getting a new sequel, but it'll be arriving a little bit later than previously planned. Amnesia: The Bunker has moved by a few months, and will now launch on May 16. The date is for all versions: Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and PS4. There is not currently an announced PS5 release.
Atelier Ryza 3: Alechemist of the End & the Secret Key
Perhaps to give everyone more time to pronounce the game's name, Koei Tecmo delayed the RPG Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key from its original February 2023 date until March 24. The delay will enable the development team at Gust to put a final layer of polish on the game before its launch.
The Last of Us Part 1
The Last of Us: Part 1 was originally scheduled to arrive on PC on March 3, bringing Joel and Ellie to the platform for the first time. However, one month before that, Naughty Dog opted to announce a delay. The Last of Us will now come to PC on March 28, still letting players enjoy it with the HBO series fresh in their minds.