Each Sport Delay Introduced in 2021 (So Far)

Each Sport Delay Introduced in 2021 (So Far)

May 8, 2021 Off By tracy
Sport delays have turn out to be much more prevalent in 2021 because the pandemic has progressed, with productiveness persevering with to be affected by the logistical challenges and limitations of working from house. And with the pandemic nonetheless affecting how studios function for the foreseeable future, that development will seemingly proceed all year long.To trace the pandemic’s continued impression on recreation improvement, we’ve compiled an inventory of each recreation and notable DLC delay introduced this 12 months (to date). This text will probably be up to date as extra launch dates and home windows are inevitably pushed, however for now, listed here are all 25 delays introduced in 2021.

Each Sport Delay Introduced in 2021


  • Delayed from February 2 to April 1, 2021

Developer Folks Can Fly introduced the delay in early January, saying, “We’ve determined to maneuver the discharge date of Outriders to April 1st 2021 (no joke!). We are going to spend this further time superb tuning the sport and specializing in delivering a improbable play expertise at launch.”

That is Outriders’ second delay; it was beforehand pushed from Vacation 2020 to February 2021.


  • Delayed from 2022 to 2023

Pragmata’s delay was quietly revealed on the finish of a sizzle reel proven throughout Sony’s 2021 CES panel. Capcom’s mysterious new recreation was initially given a 2022 launch window.

Elite Harmful: Odyssey

  • Delayed from Early 2021 to Late Spring (PC) and Fall 2021 (Console)

Frontier Developments delayed its upcoming Elite Harmful enlargement because of the “ongoing impression of the pandemic.” The studio mentioned the consequences of the pandemic, “together with the [U.K.’s] renewed lockdowns in 2021, continues to place added stress on our groups and finally our improvement timeline.”

Hogwarts Legacy

  • Delayed from 2021 to 2022

On January 13 Portkey Video games introduced it was delaying its open-world Harry Potter action-RPG by a 12 months. “Creating the very best expertise for all the Wizarding World and gaming followers is paramount to us so we’re giving the sport the time it wants,” learn a press release from the developer.

Cyberpunk 2077 Free DLC

  • Delayed from Early 2021 to later in 2021

CD Projekt Purple initially deliberate to start releasing free Cyberpunk 2077 DLC in early 2021. Nevertheless, that DLC could now not hit its goal window, because the developer has prioritized “engaged on an important fixes and updates,” particularly for the poorly optimized PS4 and Xbox One variations of Cyberpunk.

Riders Republic

  • Delayed from February 25 to later in 2021

On January 14 Ubisoft introduced it was delaying Riders Republic from its former February launch date to someday “later” in 2021. “This extra time will permit our passionate staff to ship the most effective enjoyable fueled expertise to our gamers,” mentioned the corporate.

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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum

  • Delayed from Late 2021 to 2022

Initially set to be launched later this 12 months, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will now arrive in some unspecified time in the future in 2022. Writer Nacon introduced the brand new date for the stealth-focused Center-earth journey in late January, although it didn’t present a motive for the delay.


  • Delayed from March 19 to April 30, 2021

Returnal was pushed from mid-March to late April “to present the staff further time to proceed to shine the sport to the extent of high quality gamers anticipate from Housemarque.” The roguelike third-person shooter will probably be launched solely on PS5.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake

  • Delayed from March 18 to “a later date.”

The primary recreation delay introduced in February, and the ninth general for the 12 months, was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake. In keeping with Ubisoft, the additional improvement time will permit the staff “to ship a remake that feels recent whereas remaining trustworthy to the unique.” A brand new launch date wasn’t introduced.

That is the remake’s second delay; it was beforehand pushed from January to March.

New World

  • Delayed from Spring to August 31, 2021

In mid-February, Amazon introduced it was delaying its upcoming MMO, New World, from spring to August 31. The event staff will use the extra months to proceed its work on “compelling end-game options,” along with “sprucing and superb tuning the entire recreation.”

That is New World’s second delay; it was beforehand pushed from August 25, 2020, to Spring 2021.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

  • Delayed from 2021 to an unannounced later date

Paradox Interactive delayed Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 out of its 2021 launch window with out saying a brand new goal date. Alongside the delay, the writer introduced Hardsuit Labs will now not be main improvement on the mission. “A change” was wanted, in response to Paradox, “and, in consequence, extra improvement time is required.”

Initially slated for Q1 2020, Bloodlines 2’s troubled improvement has included a number of delays and departures of key expertise, together with the sport’s former inventive director and senior narrative designer.

Gran Turismo 7

  • Delayed from 2021 to 2022

GT7 was delayed from 2021 to 2022 as a consequence of “Covid-related manufacturing challenges,” in response to Sony. “With the continued pandemic, it’s a dynamic and altering state of affairs and a few crucial facets of recreation manufacturing have been slowed over the previous a number of months,” the corporate added.

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New Want for Pace

  • Delayed from EA’s fiscal 12 months 2022 to fiscal 12 months 2023*

EA delayed the following, presently untitled Want for Pace from FY2022 to FY2023 as developer Criterion Video games briefly strikes off the upcoming racer to help DICE on the following Battlefield — a choice made to fight the consequences of pandemic-related working circumstances and guarantee EA’s flagship shooter hits its goal Vacation 2021 launch window.

*EA’s fiscal 12 months runs from April by means of the next March, that means the following Want for Pace is now anticipated between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.

Responsible Gear Attempt

  • Delayed from April 9 to June 11, 2021

Responsible Gear Attempt was delayed by two months after developer Arc System Works obtained “worthwhile suggestions” from the latest open beta. The extra time will probably be used “to shine some facets of the sport, equivalent to the net lobbies and the server’s stability,” in response to the developer.

The preventing recreation was beforehand delayed out of 2020 as a consequence of COVID-19-related improvement challenges.

Borderlands 3 Director’s Lower Add-on

  • Delayed from March 18 to April 8, 2021

The Borderlands 3 Director’s Lower add-on was delayed by three weeks because of the “extreme climate that impacted Texas final month,” in response to developer Gearbox. The Director’s Lower content material features a new raid boss, story missions, and challenges.

Gotham Knights

  • Delayed from 2021 to 2022

WB Video games delayed Gotham Knights into 2022 to present the event staff “extra time to ship the very best expertise for gamers.” Introduced in 2020 at DC Fandome, the co-op Batman recreation was initially given a 2021 launch window.


  • Delayed from April 22 to August 17, 2021

SEGA and developer Amplitude have introduced the delay of 4X technique recreation Humankind to somewhat later in 2021 with a view to give the builders time to finetune the pacing, stability, diplomacy, AI, and accessibility of the expertise.

Again 4 Blood

  • Delayed from June 21 to October 12, 2021

The Left 4 Useless religious successor Again 4 Blood has been pushed into October to permit the devs at Turtle Rock Studios time to ship “the most effective recreation it might probably presumably be at launch.” There will probably be an open beta this summer season, although.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

  • Delayed from Spring 2021 to an unannounced later date

The upcoming LEGO Star Wars recreation will now not hit its focused Spring 2021 launch window, as TT Video games wants extra time to finish what it is calling “the largest and best-ever LEGO recreation.” A brand new launch window wasn’t introduced; TT Video games will “present up to date launch timing as quickly as doable.”

The Skywalker Saga was beforehand delayed from 2020 to Spring 2021.

  • Delayed from Might 21 to September 14, 2021

Bethesda’s fashionable, time-looping assassination recreation was lately delayed by 4 months. “We’re dedicated to high quality and preserving our staff’s ambitions for Deathloop whereas guaranteeing the well being and security of everybody at Arkane,” learn a press release from developer Arkane Studios. “We’ll be utilizing this further time to perform our aim: create a enjoyable, fashionable, and mind-bending participant expertise.”

That is Deathloop’s second delay; it was beforehand pushed from its preliminary Vacation 2020 launch window.

Murderer’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids

  • Delayed from April 29 to Might 13, 2021

Wrath of the Druids, the primary main enlargement for Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, was delayed by two weeks. The extra time will permit the event staff to “ship a extra refined expertise,” in response to Ubisoft.

Resident Evil Re:Verse

  • Delayed from Might 7 to Summer time 2021

Resident Evil Re:Verse, the multiplayer recreation initially set to be launched alongside Resident Evil Village on Might 7, has been delayed to Summer time 2021, Capcom introduced in late April. Capcom did not reveal a motive for the delay, although it is price noting the sport’s beta was beforehand suspended as a consequence of matchmaking points.

5 Nights at Freddy’s: Safety Breach

  • Delayed from Early 2021 to Late 2021

The following 5 Nights at Freddy’s was delayed from early 2021 to late 2021. The delay is because of developer Scott Cawthon’s choice to “put extra money and time into [Security Breach] to ensure it is completed correctly.” As a comfort, Cawthon launched a free FNaF beat ’em up referred to as Safety Breach: Fury’s Rage on Sport Jolt.

That is the second delay for Safety Breach; it was beforehand pushed from late 2020 to early 2021.

Fall Guys: Final Knockout (Swap and Xbox variations)

  • Delayed from Summer time 2021 to an unannounced later date

In April developer Mediatonic delayed the Swap and Xbox variations of Fall Guys: Final Knockout out of their authentic Summer time 2021 launch window. The developer mentioned the delay will permit for the implementation of extra options at launch, together with crossplay. A brand new launch window was not introduced.

Fall Guys was first launched on PS4 and PC in August 2020.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 (PS5 model)

  • Delayed from June 4 to an unannounced later date

The PS5 model of Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 was delayed indefinitely after CI Video games found “unexpected technical points” whereas growing for the console. Alongside the delay announcement, CI Video games shared that it’s going to now be releasing the primary main DLC without cost on all platforms.

The sequel will come to all different platforms — Xbox Sequence X|S, Xbox One, PS4, and PC — as scheduled on June 4.

Which of those are you most dissatisfied by? Which video games of 2021 are you hoping do not get delayed subsequent? Tell us within the feedback.

Jordan is a contract author for IGN.