Few issues really feel as inevitable within the online game business as delays. Ever for the reason that onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, sport delays have solely develop into increasingly frequent as builders discover beforehand set timelines unrealistic and alter their launch plans accordingly. Practically six months into 2023, we’ve already seen some notable AAA video games like Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Cranium & Bones, and Pragmata delayed fairly closely. As a result of online game launch date delays are so frequent, it may be robust to maintain monitor of each sport that has had its launch date shifted in a roundabout way.
That’s why, simply as we did in 2021 and 2022, Digital Developments is rounding up each sport delay that’s introduced all through 2023. Listed here are the high-profile ones which have occurred to this point, listed chronologically by their new meant launch dates.
The Darkish Footage: Switchback VR (March 16)
As Till Daybreak: Rush of Blood is likely one of the greatest video games for PlayStation VR, The Darkish Footage: Switchback VR, Supermassive Video games’ PlayStation VR2 successor, is a extremely anticipated launch title for the upcoming VR headset. Unfortunately, it will no longer make PlayStation VR2’s February 22 launch and will instead be released on March 16. On Twitter, a message from Supermassive Video games says this delay will be sure that gamers “obtain probably the most polished, terrifying expertise doable” at launch. The sport was launched on that date to combined evaluations.
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the Finish & the Secret Key is the most recent in an extended line of area of interest RPGs with a really devoted fan base. Whereas it was imagined to launch on February 24, the sport finally got here out on March 23. “With the intention to make this sport a becoming finale for Ryza and her mates, we’ve taken on challenges reminiscent of adventuring in an enormous open discipline and graphics that categorical the attraction of those characters to the fullest extent,” producer Junzo Hosoi explained in a tweet when Koei Tecmo introduced the delay. “Our group will take this extra time to fine-tune the ultimate touches in order that we will ship to all of you who’ve been following the collection the absolute best expertise on this fruits of Ryza and her pal’s adventures.”
The Final of Us Half I for PC (March 28)
Initially slated for March 3, followers might want to wait a little bit bit longer for The Final of Us collection’ debut on PC. One month forward of that authentic launch date, Naughty Dag introduced that the PC model of The Final of Us Half One was delayed by a few weeks to March 28. The developer says this delay “will permit us to make sure this model of The Final of Us lives as much as your, and our, requirements.” Sadly, when The Final of Us Half 1 launched for PC on that new date, the port was nonetheless rife with technical issues.
EA Sports PGA Tour (April 7)
With less than a month to go until its release, EA made the decision to push back EA Sports PGA Tour by two weeks. Originally slated for a March 24 release, the golf game would eventually launch on April 7, with those who pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition getting early access on April 4. EA pushed it back slightly to line the release up better with the Masters Tournament and “add a few final touches to the game that we are very excited to deliver to all of you, including updates to some favorite courses to reflect 2023 designs.”
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (April 28)
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the eagerly anticipated sequel to Respawn Entertainment’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, got pushed back by six weeks to April 28, from its originally intended March 17 release date. “In order for the team to hit the Respawn quality bar, provide the team the time they need, and achieve the level of polish our fans deserve, we have added six crucial weeks to our release schedule,” director Stig Asmussen explained in a tweet about the delay. The sport would go on to launch on April 28, however was rife with technical points at launch.
System Shock (Could 30 for PC, TBA for consoles)
Nightdive Studios’ long-awaited, crowdfunded remake of System Shock needs a little more time. Initially, Nightdive and publisher Prime Matter promised to release the game in March 2023 but only ended up delivering a final beta to backers this month. The full release will now happen on PC on May 30, with its console ports not yet having release dates. Hopefully, the long wait is worth it for fans of this highly influential game.
Amnesia: The Bunker (June 6)
Originally announced last December with a March 2023 release window, Amnesia: The Bunker was pushed to May 16 shortly thereafter by Frictional Games. Then, in April, its release date was once again adjusted slightly to May 23. The developers said the delay will “allow the team extra time to polish the game to perfection and to strategically avoid releasing during a busy week when multiple other games are hitting the market.” That wouldn’t be the final delay the game would see, though, as Frictional Games once again pushed it back by a couple of weeks due to “unforeseen certification issues,” this time until June 6.
Venba (July 31)
Venba is a charming cooking game about an Indian-Canadian family, and it is shaping up to be a pretty and culturally rich experience. Originally slated for PC, PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch, developer Visai Games revealed in March that Venba would also be coming to the Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox Game Pass. As a result, it will now release in summer 2023 instead of spring 2023, though. A July 31 release date for the game was confirmed soon thereafter.
Wrestlequest is highly anticipated by wrestling fans because of how it adapts the sport to a turn-based RPG format, featuring iconic wrestlers like Macho Man Randy Savage. It was originally intended for release sometime in May 2023, but about halfway through that month, developer Mega Cat Studios announced that it decided to push the game back to summer 2023. The delay happened because the developers recently “secured a new partnership we are extremely excited about,” which added some unforeseen complications in wrapping development up. A more specific August 8 release date was revealed later.
Just a couple of weeks after confirming a May release date on Twitter, Deck13 and Focus Entertainment took to the social media platform again to announce that they had pushed the release date of action game Atlas Fallen back to August 10. “Our goal has always been to create a memorable A-RPG experience in a unique setting, with exciting gameplay and the option for fully playable seamless co-op with a friend,” the tweet says. “We’d love to provide the sport some further time which is able to permit us to ship the absolute best model of Atlas Fallen. To realize this, we’ve made the tough resolution to delay the worldwide launch of Atlas Fallen to August 10, 2023.”
Immortals of Aveum (August 22)
After an look at Summer season Recreation Fest, and with only a month to go till launch, Ascendant Studios and EA made the choice to delay Immortals of Aveum by one month. “In order to realize our full vision, we are going to take a few extra weeks, making our new launch date Tuesday, August 22,” Ascendant Studios explained in a blog post. “This will give us time to further polish the game, finish optimizing all platforms, and deliver a strong launch. We owe it to ourselves and to you to get this right.”
Goodbye Volcano High (August 29)
KO_OP’s coming-of-age narrative adventure game Goodbye Volcano High was supposed to come out on June 15, but got delayed to August 29. “The reality is that, with our current workload, we could not have met our June launch date without significant cuts to the quality and scope of the game,” KO_OP explained in a blog post. “This would mean delivering something much different than what we’ve envisioned and worked toward. We don’t want to release anything less than the best version of the game we have been making throughout our development cycle.”
Starfield (September 6)
Bethesda Game Studios finally revealed a new release date for its highly anticipated sci-fi RPG Starfield. It’s missing the “first half of 2023” release window Bethesda promised when initially delaying the game, but thankfully only by a couple of months as Starfield now launches for PC and Xbox Series X/S on September 6. A dedicated Starfield Direct on June 11 reaffirmed that date.
Front Mission 2: Remake, a recreation of a classic mecha turn-based strategy game from Square Enix, was supposed to launch on June 12. Just two weeks before release, though, publisher Forever Entertainment announced that it was delaying the game until [the third quarter of] 2023. “We want to ensure that we have sufficient time to add as many functionalities as possible while proceeding with proper implementation and tests,” a tweet states as the explanation for the delay.
Forza Motorsport (October 10)
Forza Motorsport had a spring 2023 launch window when it reappeared at 2022’s Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, but when it was featured in January 2023’s Developer_Direct, that release window changed to just 2023. “We’re not ready just yet to share our release date, and the wait will be worth it when we launch this year,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Digital Trends at the time. “We know the community is excited for more updates, including our release date, and we’re fortunate to work on a game and franchise that means so much to so many. We can’t wait to share more details soon.” At the June 11 Xbox Games Showcase, an October 10 release date for Forza Motorsport was confirmed.
Endless Dungeon (October 19)
Amplitude Studios and Sega’s unique twin-stick shooter, tower defense, and roguelite hybrid Endless Dungeon was supposed to come out on May 18, but just over a month before launch the game was pushed back until October 19. “This additional time will allow Amplitude to better incorporate community feedback essential to such an innovative game and continue in the footsteps of its previous titles in the award-winning Endless Universe,” a press release about the delay explained. “Drawing on player feedback, Amplitude will work on improvements including balancing, meta-progression, onboarding, and general polishing to create the ultimate roguelite experience for players.”
The most suspicious delay to happen yet this year is for The Day Before. This game gained fame for becoming Steam’s most wish-listed game, but has encountered controversy over its developer’s lack of transparency and use of volunteers. Developer Fntastic and publisher Mytona claim that someone else trademarked the game’s title before they could. Because of this, Fntastic said on Twitter that it wanted to delay the sport to November 10 from March 1 “to make sure we launch the absolute best sport,” a lot to the ire of followers of this anticipated zombie MMO. We’ll want to attend and see if The Day Earlier than can kind out this trademark dispute and make the brand new launch date.
Hyper Gentle Breaker (fall 2023)
Hyper Light Breaker is an ambitious follow-up to indie darling Hyper Light Drifter. It’s much bigger than its predecessor, as it’s a full 3D open-world roguelike action game, with the catch that players explore a new procedurally generated world every time they die. On top of that ambition, it also features four-player co-op. As such, it’s understandable why the smaller team at Heart Machine needs more time on the game, pushing back its early access launch from spring 2023 to fall 2023.
Skull & Bones (fiscal year 2024)
Ubisoft’s long-awaited and oft-delayed pirate game Skull and Bones has made the list yet again. It finally seemed like the game was going to come out on March 9, but after the underperformance of Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Ubisoft announced a delay into the wide release window of “early 2023 to 2024” in order to ensure Skull and Bones’ quality. “The additional time has already paid off and brought impressive improvements to its quality, which has been confirmed by recent playtests,” Ubisoft said of the delay. “We believe players will be positively surprised by its evolution. We have decided to postpone its release in order to have more time to showcase a much more polished and balanced experience and to build awareness.”
After already getting pushed from 2022 to May 2023, Rocksteady Studios’ long-awaited Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League failed to impress when it appeared at a State of Play showcase in February. Almost two months after that showing and some rumors of an impending delay, WB Games confirmed the game could be pushed back nine months to February 2, 2024. It said this extra time is necessary so the developers can “take the time needed to work on getting the game to be the best quality experience for players” in a tweet.
For the second yr in a row, Gearbox Leisure made the choice to delay its sci-fi real-time technique sport Homeworld 3, from its “first half of 2023” launch window till February 2024. “Our major aim is to ship a Homeworld expertise that lives as much as the requirements set by its predecessors and is worthy of this collection’ unbelievable legacy,” a tweet about the delay explained. “Homeworld 3 is shaping as much as be precisely that, however so as to absolutely understand that imaginative and prescient, we want extra time to refine and polish the sport.”
This Soulslike starring a crab made a powerful first impression when it was introduced at an Indie World presentation in 2022. One other Crab’s Treasure was initially slated for launch in 2023, however on Could 16, developer Aggro Crab revealed the sport had been delayed to early 2024 in a Twitter thread. “After plenty of discussions, we’ve determined that spending one other few months on growing this mfer goes to make it a manner higher sport — one which’s definitely worth the wait,” Aggro Crab defined. “We underestimated how a lot content material this sport would want so as to really feel like a correct entry in its style, and we want some extra time to get it proper.”
The Wolf Amongst Us 2 (2024)
After reemerging final yr with a 2023 launch window, Telltale Video games’ extremely anticipated sequel to The Wolf Amongst Us has been pushed again to 2024. Speaking to IGN, Telltale CEO Jamie Ottilie explained that its developers are upgrading The Wolf Among Us 2 from Unreal Engine 4 to Unreal Engine 5, and are pushing it back to avoid any crunch. “If we put this game out and it’s not ready, we’re going to get torn to shreds,” he explained. “I’ve done [crunch], and I don’t want to do it again, and it’s not fair to ask it. You can’t plan a business around it. So yeah, part of it is about maintaining a healthy work culture. We don’t want to burn out our good people.”
Blue Protocol (2024)
As part of its MMO push, Amazon Games is publishing the Western release of Blue Protocol, a new fantasy MMO from Bandai Namco Studios. While the game was initially supposed to come out in North America and Europe sometime this year after its launch in Japan this month, the decision was made to push the Western release back to 2024. A blog post explained that this decision was made so Amazon could focus on its “continued efforts to localize the deeply immersive stories and build the infrastructure needed to engage in multiplayer adventures and massive online raids against towering monsters.” A PC Closed Beta will still take place later this year, though.
Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn was a Soulslike originally slated for release in 2022 that got pushed back into the first half of 2023. We hadn’t heard much about the game during the first half of 2023, though, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise when developer A44 Games revealed that it had been delayed to 2024. “To make Flintlock the absolute best experience it can be at launch, we have made the decision to move the game’s release to 2024,” a Twitter thread explained. “We’ve been hard at work crafting a unique and deeply detailed open world brimming with thrilling fights, rewarding exploration and a true sense of discovery. It’s important to our whole team that Flintlock is a special experience, and we owe it to ourselves and to all of you who have been following the game since we announced to make it the most impressive and unforgettable game it can be.”
Anger Foot (2024)
Anger Foot is an upcoming indie game from Broforce developer Free Lives and publisher Devolver Digital. It’s an intense FPS where, as the title suggests, one of the player’s most powerful attacks is to angrily kick their enemies. There’s also a wide range of guns to use if shooting is more your thing. Originally slated for 2023, it was pushed back to 2024 during June’s Steam Next Fest event, with Free Lives joking that it “needs more anger” in a video. A demo is offered on Steam if you wish to strive it earlier than then, although
Stick it to the Stickman (2024)
Anger Foot isn’t the one Free Lives sport to get delayed. Stick it to the Stickman is a tongue-in-cheek roguelike the place, as a stickman, gamers combat their manner by the workplaces of company America. Its delay was introduced alongside Anger Foot’s, with Free Lives joking that the sport “wants extra sticking it.” Stick it to the Stickman will now launch in 2024 however has a demo on Steam if you wish to strive it out earlier than then.
Yet one more sport initially slated for launch in 2022, the early entry launch for Ark 2 was pushed again but once more, this time from 2023 till “the top of 2024.” In a community post that announced the delay, Studio Wildcard explained that the delay is happening because the teaming needs more time to get used to working with Unreal Engine 5. In the meantime, it will tide fans of the series over with Ark: Survival Ascended, an Unreal Engine 5 remaster of the original game coming to PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S in August.
Warhammer 40K: Darktide for Xbox Series X/S (TBA)
The Xbox Series X/S version of Warhammer 40K: Darktide was supposed to release alongside the PC version in September 2022, but that’s not how things ultimately played out. When the game got pushed back to November 30, 2022, the Xbox Series X/S version of the sci-fi shooter lost its release date, but was said to launch “shortly after” the PC version. Sadly, that’s no longer the case. The Xbox port hasn’t released in the months since Warhammer 40K: Darktide’s launch, and in a new message on Twitter, the builders at Fatshark revealed that they’ve indefinitely pushed again the Xbox Sequence X/S launch to allow them to give attention to remodeling the crafting and development programs, repair bugs, and enhance the sport’s efficiency on PC over the subsequent few months. Hopefully, the port will finally see the sunshine of day later this yr.
Hole Knight: Silksong (TBA)
Crew Cherry initially deliberate to launch its extremely anticipated Metroidvania Hole Knight: Silksong someday throughout the first half of 2023, but that did not pan out. “We’re excited by how the game is shaping up, and it’s gotten quite big, so we want to take the time to make the game as good as we can,” Team Cherry’s Matthew Griffin explained in a tweet. “Count on extra particulars from us as soon as we get nearer to launch.”
Three years after its announcement, Capcom debuted gameplay for Pragmata at its June 2023 Capcom Showcase. Sadly, this reappearance got here with an indefinite delay announcement, each throughout the trailer and in a message that appeared afterward. “It’s with a heavy coronary heart that we should additional postpone the discharge of Pragmata,” the message reads. “Our group is at the moment arduous at work on making one of the best sport that we presumably can, however we want extra time. We are going to proceed to do our greatest to make sure that the ultimate product is one that’s worthy of your persistence.”