16 Big Video Games That Have Been Delayed

Maybe it’s just the nostalgia talking, but it seems like video games used to come out when they were supposed to. Not anymore. In this console generation, delayed video games are starting to become an expected part of the development cycle, just like the occasional buggy release. A ton of games that were slated for release have been pushed back for a variety of reasons. What big upcoming games have been delayed? Read on to find out.

1. Gravity Rush 2

Original release date: December 2, 2016
New release date: January 20, 2017

In the PS Vita game Gravity Rush, you play as a woman who can defy the laws of gravity, which means she can “fall” in any direction she chooses. This sequel will conclude the story begun in the original, but you’ll have to wait a little longer to play it. Based on a blog post by the developer, it sounds like Sony scooted the game to 2017 not because of any development issues, but to get it out of the way of the other big games releasing around that time. It’s probably a smart call, seeing as this game could easily be drowned out by all the heavy hitters launching around that time, including The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV.

2. Horizon Zero Dawn

Original release date: 2016
New release date: February 28, 2017

Guerrilla Games is an immensely talented studio that has spent the last 10 years making nothing but Killzone games. Those were solid shooters, but they never reached the popularity of competitors like Halo or Call of Duty.

Horizon Zero Dawn is something entirely new. It’s an action RPG that takes place 1,000 years in the future, when civilization has collapsed and robotic dinosaurs rule the land. You play as an archer who hunts these gigantic beasts and harvests their parts for tools. It looks fantastic, but unfortunately it needs a little more time in the oven before it will be done. Sony announced it’s been delayed until February 2017.

3. NieR: Automata

Original release date: 2016
New release date: March 7, 2017

If you’re in the market for a weird, robot-heavy action RPG, you’ll want to keep an eye on NieR: Automata. This fast-paced game, from Bayonetta developer Platinum Games, looks like an ultra-stylish beat-‘em-up, but it’s not going to be ready during the original release window. Instead, you can plan to get your hands on it in the first quarter of 2017.

4. Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Original release date: November 29, 2017
New release date: March 14, 2017

Any serious Trekkie would kill to spend some quality time on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. Thanks to the upcoming VR-only gamer Star Trek :Bridge Crew, that’s exactly what you and your friends (or a random group of strangers) get to do. Each player assumes the role of a member of the bridge crew, and you have to work together to solve problems straight out of Star Trek. Ubisoft had hoped to have the game ready in time for the 2016 holidays, but blew past that deadline. Now you can play it this spring.

5. Persona 5

Original release date: Fall 2014
New release date: April 4, 2017

It’s going to be a happy Valentine’s Day for RPG lovers. The Persona series of Japanese role-playing games has grown in popularity with each new installment over the years, and Persona 5 is gearing up to make a major splash when it comes out — if it ever comes out, that is. This game about high schoolers battling and taming monsters as they save the world was originally meant to come out on PlayStation 3. But delay after delay pushed the game into the PS4 era. But don’t worry if you haven’t made the jump to PS4 yet. It’s still coming to PS3 (but not Xbox One).

6. Tacoma

Original release date: Mid-to-late 2016
New release date: Spring 2017

Though strangely controversial, Gone Home is a masterpiece of video game storytelling. The developer’s next game is Tacoma, a similarly story-based game that takes place on a deserted lunar space station. Unfortunately, it’s not going to hit its original 2016 release window. In a newsletter to fans, developer Fulbright said the delay was based on feedback from an early build of the game that made them reconsider many “core assumptions” they’d had about the game.

That sounds concerning, but if Tacoma can live up to Gone Home, it will be worth the wait.

7. Mass Effect Andromeda

Original release date: Fall 2016
New release date: Early 2017

After creating an entire galaxy’s worth of action, adventure, and lore, the team at BioWare isn’t done yet. This installment takes place long after the events of the original trilogy and shifts the setting from our galaxy way out to Andromeda. We don’t know much about it yet other than it marks the return of the Mako, a rugged vehicle used in exploring strange new worlds. If it lives up to the quality of the rest of the series, sci-fi fans are in for a treat, even if they have to wait longer than they would have liked.

8. South Park: The Fractured But Whole

Original release date: December 6, 2016
New release date: Early 2017

When it comes to biting wit, no one does it better than Trey Parker and Matt Stone. For a second time, the creative duo is bringing its long-running cartoon to the realm of video games, and for the second time, it looks great. The idea here is that the kids of South Park are creating their own superhero cinematic universe, but things turn ugly when they can’t decide which movie to make first. This creates a rift in their friendship and kicks off a civil war. Unfortunately for anyone hoping to get this game for Christmas, the developers need a little more time to put on the finishing touches.

9. Cuphead

Original release date: 2016
New release date: Mid–2017

And the award for most unlikely video game title goes to Cuphead, a game that could also take an award for not looking like a video game at all. Done in the striking art style of 1930s cartoons, Cuphead has you run around and fire off projectiles to defeat enemies. The bosses are huge, with widely varying move sets and abilities.

While the graphics look incredible, this delay has me a little worried about the game. A side-scrolling shooter shouldn’t take seven years to make, and yet that’s how long the indie studio will have been working on it — assuming it hits the new 2017 release date.

10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Original release date: 2015
New release date: 2017

First announced in January 2013, this game was supposed to come out several times over the past few years, starting in 2015. Thanks to some unexpected twists, like the Wii U’s incredibly poor sales, Nintendo is now targeting an early 2017 release, lining it up with the launch of the company’s next console, code-named NX. When a game looks this good, though, fans can wait. Check out the deep, gorgeous gameplay in the video above.

11. Scalebound

Original release date: Second half of 2016
New release date: 2017

Developed by Platinum Games, the makers of such excellent action games as Bayonetta 2 and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Scalebound looks like a fantasy game of epic proportions. You play as an adventurer who travels to a distant world full of enormous monsters. Luckily for you, you soon befriend a dragon who helps you take on these vicious beasts.

Really, that’s about all we know so far about the game, but the trailer looks suitably grand. If the game is anything like that (or like the excellent titles Platinum has made in the past), it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.

12. Crackdown 3

Original release date: Q3 2016
New release date: 2017

The Crackdown series follows a futuristic cop in a corrupt, open-world city overrun by violent gangs. What’s remarkable about it is how you start out as a pretty normal guy, but thanks to incremental upgrades, by the end of the game you can leap up the sides of skyscrapers and wipe out swarms of bad guys single-handedly.

We haven’t seen much of the third installment, but we do know that it will offer a cooperative campaign, destructible environments, and will take advantage of the Xbox One’s cloud computing feature. Watch the trailer above to get an idea of what to expect once the game comes out, hopefully without further delay.

13. Gran Turismo Sport

Original release date: November 18, 2016
New release date: 2017

In what is probably the least surprising video game delay on the list, what with the developer’s long and storied history of delaying Gran Turismo games, we have Gran Turismo Sport, a realistic racing simulator that has loads of tracks and may eventually have a roster of 500 cars. The game will also be fully compatible with PlayStation VR, which should give players a nice cockpit view of the action — whenever it happens to come out.

14. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Original release date: March 2017
New release date: First half of 2018

Konami seems to have no plans for the Castlevania series, so Koji Igarashi, the mastermind behind games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, is giving fans what they want. Iga, as he’s known, ran an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign to make Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a game that hews very close to what made Symphony so special. The only problem is that they need more time to craft the vision.

15. Below

Original release date: Summer 2016
New release date: TBA

With games like Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes and Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EP under its belt, Capybara Games is one of the most creative teams around. So waiting a little longer its next game probably isn’t the end of the world. The title in question is Below, a top-down action adventure game that stars a tiny hero on an enormous island. Unlike in most games, death is permanent here, meaning you have to start from square one each time you perish. That’s a risky choice that could lose a lot of potential customers. To find out if it pays off, we’ll have to wait for its release — whenever that may be.

16. Dead Island 2

Original release date: 2015
New release date: TBA

The original Dead Island was a surprise hit when it launched in 2011. It’s been a bumpy road (to say the least), but at last the sequel is now underway. After changing developers a couple of times, publisher Deep Silver promises this game will actually come out at some point. When that point is, exactly, remains unclear. Since Dead Island 2 has blown past its initial 2015 release window, fans will have to keep waiting to get their hands on it. But if the game can deliver a similar number of rotting corpses to fight with anything we can get our hands on, it should be worth the wait.