Game lag is a part of life. You know the old adage, a delayed game is…well, you know. It’s undoubtedly a shame when a title you’re looking forward to slips into the next year, but in general it’s best to ensure a quality product upon release. 2022 has seen a growing handful of high-profile setbacks, and we’ve compiled them all in an alphabetical list for your handy reference.
EA Sports PGA Tour
First announced in 2021 with a Spring 2022 launch window, PGA Tour marks EA’s return to manufacturing golf games after a year-long hiatus. The publisher has secured exclusive rights to the Masters Tournament and the game even includes the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Unfortunately, we don’t know much more about the game apart from a few courses and events, and EA has only given vague timeframes for the launch. It recently pushed the game back to Spring 2023, a year after it was originally scheduled to arrive.
Luminous Productions’ fish-on-water fantasy adventure faced its second delay, being pushed back from October 11 to January 24. Square Enix states that the game is essentially complete and in the final stages of polishing, and that the delay was a “strategic decision.” October is quickly becoming crowded with big releases, so Square Forspoken might want to break out of the pack, so it can garner more attention in the traditionally lighter month of January.Hopefully the extra time will do this promising action-RPG justice.
Kerbal Space Program 2
The launch of Kerbal Space Program 2 has been delayed several times since its reveal in 2019. Developer Star Theory isn’t afraid to take as much time as possible to ensure the space sim is as “breathtaking” as fans have come to expect. While it’s a shame to be grounded for several months longer, who would want to deny these adorable Kerbals a smooth start?
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
In March, Nintendo announced that the yet-to-be-named follow-up to Breath of the Wild would slide out of 2022 and release in Spring 2023. As we watched the Zelda vs over the course of this year, we’ve become increasingly used to waiting for this game. What is almost a year delay?
Pragmata’s delay has probably been met with the greatest indifference, since little is known about its odd premise of an astronaut teaming up with a powerful young girl. It also never came close to its original launch window. Capcom unveiled the sci-fi title in 2020 and missed out on a 2022 release. Two years is enough time to forget pragmata for a while, but 2021 Capcom pushed the game back to 2023 before we even got started with the idea were married that it will be released this year. Capcom has kept quiet about pragmata, so it’s hard to see why it’s tacked on an extra year of development, but we can’t wait to see more of this intriguing title in the near future.
Arkane Studios’ blood-sucking co-op title has yet to slumber. At first glance, Redfall is essentially Left 4 Dead with vampires as you and your crew team up to survive hordes of deadly night creatures. We’re excited to see if and how Arkane applies the immersive sim elements of Dishonored or Deathloop to a full multiplayer format. We now just have to wait until the first half of 2023.
Turned heads during the E3 2021 Xbox Showcase thanks to its stunning pixel art and 80s dystopian aesthetic. Unfortunately, world events have presented a roadblock. Developer Sad Cat is based in Belarus near Ukraine and some of its designers got caught in the crossfire of the Russian invasion. Several team members had to relocate for security reasons, which hampered the game’s development and forced a delay. Of course, the welfare of the staff is infinitely more important and we hope Sad Cat can recover sooner rather than later.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl
STALKER 2 developer GSC Game World is based in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, which has been heavily bombed during the country’s ongoing Russian invasion. Several of its developers have had to flee the city, and some have even taken up arms to defend it. Needless to say, STALKER 2 would not meet its December launch date and will be released sometime next year, thanks in part to GSC, which has resumed most of the development at a new studio in Prague, Czech Republic.
sea of stars
Brought to you by Sabotage, the team behind The Messenger, Sea of Stars serves as an RPG prequel to the 2018 action game. Players control two characters wielding the power of the sun and moon to battle an evil alchemist, and game influences include Illusion of Gaia and Chrono Trigger (which even share the same composer). Though Sea of Stars never had a firm 2022 release date, Sabotage confirmed the game will be pushed to 2023 to avoid staff cracking while the experience is polished.
In June 2021, Bethesda confidently announced that Starfield would land on November 11, 2022; the eleventh anniversary of the launch of Skyrim. Unfortunately, the publisher’s new space IP needs more assembly line time and has been delayed in the same breath as Redfall. Despite the setback, we’re still expecting Bethesda to unveil the first long gameplay demo for Starfield at the Xbox/Bethesda Showcase in June.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
There were rumors of Suicide Squad being delayed before developer Rocksteady confirmed the worst, so the blow has at least been somewhat softened. While we won’t (hopefully) get to defeat Superman and the League this calendar year, we have faith that Rocksteady will take the time it takes to do Suicide Squad justice.
Tchia has been one of the most promising indie titles since its release in 2020. The game stars a young girl who has the power to transfer her mind into the bodies of animals and objects and control them from within. The game also takes cues from games like The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker with its focus on sailing between multiple islands, and you can also explore underwater and soar through the skies in a glider. Developer Awaceb wants to make sure Tchia fulfills its potential and will need the rest of 2022 to pull it off.
Test unlimited: Solar Crown
Test Drive Unlimited’s big comeback landed a year in advance on a September 2022 start date, demonstrating KT Racing’s apparent confidence that it could cross the finish line in time. Unfortunately it shouldn’t be. To ensure Solar Crown achieves the sky-high quality bar the team is aiming for, not only has the game been postponed, but the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions have also been discontinued. According to the studio, by forgoing the last generation, Solar Crown will be able to take full advantage of the current hardware.
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