Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, video game release dates have become less and less certain. While developers have had time to adjust, working from home still has its challenges, and sometimes release dates are just too ambitious for development teams to meet. We saw plenty of delays in 2020 and 2021, and if the first few months of this year are any indication, frequent delays are a trend that will continue in 2022.
With so many games getting delayed, it can be hard to keep track of what’s been pushed back and when to now expect it. This roundup will keep track of all the major video game delays that have happened so far in 2022.
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is a dark fantasy tactics RPG based on the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It’s currently in early access on Steam and was supposed to get a full release there on February 15. Developer NeocoreGames chose to push the full release back to March 29, 2022, in January 2022 as the “extra weeks of development and polish will help to deliver the strongest possible version of King Arthur: Knight’s Tale for its fans.” It got pushed back again to April 26 (the date on which it ended up launching) so the developer could continue to polish and localize King Arthur: Knight’s Tale. It launched on PC on that date, and will also come to PS5 and Xbox Series X in the future.
A multiplayer-focused game based on the Evil Dead franchise was created by Saber Interactive and originally going to come out in February. Before it could release, though, Saber decided to push the game back to May 13. “This delay gives our team the time they need to get things just right, so your boomstick will be polished, fully loaded, and ready to blast Deadites on that Friday the 13th of May,” the developers said in a tweet about the delay. The game did eventually make its planned release date.
Ubisoft announced this unique 3v3 competitive roller derby game in 2019, but like many Ubisoft games, it has suffered many delays. This game in particular has stayed out of the public eye as Ubisoft continued to refine it through closed betas. It was through the Discord for these closed betas that fans learned that Ubisoft pushed Roller Champions‘ release back from “early 2022” to “late spring.” In May, Ubisoft finally confirmed a free-to-play launch for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X would take place on May 25. A Nintendo Switch version followed on June 21, although Amazon Luna and Google Stadia ports of the game are undated.
It seemed like Starship Troopers: Terran Command, a real-time strategy game based on the satirical film, would launch on March 31, but publisher Slitherine Games pushed the release back to June 16 just 10 days before launch. The post revealing the delay confirmed that this title was content-complete but the developers just need more time to polish the game and fix bugs before they put it in the hands of players. It made that June 16 release date and received mixed reviews.
Hello Redout fans,
We know you have been eagerly awaiting the release of Redout 2 later this month, but unfortunately, the fastest racer in the universe needs just a little more development time before it’s ready to go and will now launch on June 16 on PC, PS5|4, XSX|X1 & Switch pic.twitter.com/ttlu68cTEZ
— Redout 2 (@redout2game) May 20, 2022
Just a week before its intended May 26 launch, developer 34BigThings decided to push back this futuristic racing game by a couple of weeks. “This will help ensure we’re firing on all cylinders out of the gate and delivering the best gameplay experience for everyone,” the developer explained in a tweet. Thankfully, the delay wasn’t too long as Redout 2 successfully launched on June 16.
The latest entry in Rainbow Studios’ long-running offroad racing series MX vs. ATV Legends got a slight delay ahead of its initial release date. Originally slated for May 24, publisher THQ Nordic decided to push the game back to June 28. “In our case, we needed to choose between speed or quality, and the decision was simple,” Rainbow Studios CEO Lenore Gilbert wrote about the delay. “We want to make sure that when MX vs. ATV Legends comes out, it is the highest level of quality that Rainbow Studios can offer.” The game made that June release date.
Ending — Extinction is Forever is an indie game about a mother fox trying to protect her children from going extinct in an increasingly mechanical world. It was originally supposed to release in spring 2022, but developer Herobeat Games pushed it back to an undisclosed time in 2022 to polish the game further. To make up for the delay, Herobeat revealed an eco-friendly physical version of the game. The final release date was ultimately revealed to be July 19.
While Techland’s Dying Light 2 is still on track for a February 4 release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X after several delays, the cloud version for Nintendo Switch isn’t so lucky. In January, this port was pushed back “to provide fans with the gaming experience at the level they deserve and that Techland wants to provide.” Techland wants to release this port within six months of the original date, so it should arrive before August 4, 2022.
Sega’s follow-up to Two Point Hospital is Two Point Campus, a comedic university management game. It was originally supposed to release on May 17, but Sega decided to push the game back to August 9, just a month before launch. “Our ambition from the start has been to release Two Point Campus across all PC and console platforms simultaneously to the quality and standard that our community expects from us,” game director Mark Webley said in a blog post about the delay. “This means we will need a little bit more time with Two Point Campus to make sure we deliver the best possible game that can be enjoyed equally on all platforms. We will use these additional three months to optimize Two Point Campus for all platforms.”
Some news: pic.twitter.com/ZbxGHPQ0wt
— IMMORTALITY (new Sam Barlow game, out August 30th) (@HalfMermaid) July 13, 2022
Sam Barlow, the creator of games like Her Story and Telling Lies, delayed his next title, Immortality, slightly. Originally set to release on July 26, its launch was pushed back to August 30. In a tweet, Barlow explained that the delay will allow the development team at Half Mermaid to “spend a month more to ensure the experience is as polished as possible.”
Developer Endnight Games was originally going to release Sons of the Forest, a follow-up to the popular survival-horror game The Forest, on May 20. The developer ultimately decided to push the game back to October, explaining in a tweet, “We have realized that our May 2022 release date for Sons Of The Forest was overly ambitious. To be able to deliver our vision of the next step in survival games, we’ve decided to move our release date to October 2022.”
The weird melee-combat-focused battle royale Rumbleverse from Iron Galaxy Studios and Epic Games was indefinitely delayed. It was supposed to come out on February 15, 2022, but the team decided to push back the release following a First Look session in December. “We’re excited about the game we’re making — and we’re glad you are, too — but there’s more we want to do to perfect the experience,” the developers said in a blog post. “We’re going to take the time to make sure we can get that right.” Iron Galaxy and Epic Games continued to hold closed tests for the game and promised that it will enter early access in Fall 2022.
We’ve known about the PS5 and Xbox Series X port of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for some time, but it has yet to release. It was originally slated for 2021 before being pushed back to Q2 2022. Unfortunately, the port was indefinitely delayed in April when CD Projekt Red decided to take the project away from Saber Interactive and develop it in-house. In May, CD Projekt announced that the project would finally release in Q4 2022.
Here’s another Nintendo Switch port that also won’t hit its originally desired release date. While Life is Strange: Remastered Collection will come to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Google Stadia on February 1, the Nintendo Switch version was delayed less than two weeks before its intended release. Square Enix says to expect the Switch version of Life is Strange: Remastered Collection sometime “later this year.”
— Forspoken (@Forspoken) July 6, 2022
Forspoken is an exciting new fantasy IP from Square Enix. While it was originally supposed to launch in May 2021, Square Enix decided to push the game back to October 11 about two months before its intended launch. At the time, Square Enix explained in a tweet that the developers would use the extra months to polish the experience further to ensure it’s a memorable for players. Unfortunately, the game did not make that release window either as Square Enix confirmed in July that Forspoken would now launch on January 24, 2023, “as a result of ongoing discussions with key partners.” Curiously, the move was announced within an hour of God of War Ragnarok receiving its November 9 release date.
The sequel to the quirky space flight simulation game Kerbal Space Program has gotten pushed back another year. Originally planned to launch in early 2020, this game has suffered from multiple delays and a controversial change in developers. Development of the game looks to be on track, but Creative Director Nate Simpson revealed in a video that Intercept Games needs a little more time to improve the game’s quality across all supported platforms. The PC version of Kerbal Space Program 2 will launch sometime in early 2023 (before March 31, according to VGC), with the console versions of the game following later on next year. Hopefully, this is the final delay that Kerbal Space Program 2 suffers.
Update on Tchia ⬇️💚 pic.twitter.com/knQYkJSYT1
— Tchia (Awaceb) – Wishlist it! (@awaceb) May 20, 2022
Tchia is an open-world adventure game set in a beautiful tropical archipelago where players can take control of any object or animal they come across. Unfortunately, developer Awaceb revealed on Twitter in May that the game would be released in 2022; instead, it will launch in early 2023. The developers say the additional development time enables them to “really polish every aspect of the game and flesh out all the little details that we know make Tchia a really special experience.”
When A44 Games and Kepler Interactive revealed their “gunpowder fantasy” RPG Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn earlier this year, it was supposed to still come out in 2022. When we saw the game at the Xbox and Bethesda Game Showcase on June 12 though, its release date had shifted slightly to 2023. No reason was given for the delay, but that showing did confirm that Flintlock: The Siege of Dawn will be a day one Xbox Game Pass title when it launches in early 2023.
Survival MMO The Day Before gained notoriety by becoming the most-wish-listed game on Steam, but that added pressure also caused developer Fntastic to push the game back from June 21 to March 1, 2023. The added time will allow it to convert the game to Unreal Engine 5. “Feeling and understanding the great responsibility that we face, with enormous gratitude in our hearts, [we are] pleased to announce that The Day Before is switching to the new Unreal Engine 5 technology!” Fntastic told IGN. “The transition to a more advanced and adapted open-worlds engine will make the gameplay of The Day Before even more fantastic.” The game was later met with controversy when Fntastic revealed that unpaid volunteers work on game.
Many Warner Bros. Games titles were hit by delays in 2021, so it’s not a surprise that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice has been pushed back despite its appearance at The Game Awards 2021. On February 2, 2021, Bloomberg reported that the game was quietly pushed to 2023. Its delay gives the developers more time to work on the title and frees up space for 2022 WB Games’ other 2022 titles like Gotham Knights and Hogwarts Legacy (both of which were supposed to launch last year) to shine. Its new release window has since been confirmed to be Spring 2022.
Experience the next generation of championship golf 🏌️🎮
Coming Spring 2023 🗓️ pic.twitter.com/4UNdgFoGiL
— EA SPORTS PGA TOUR (@EASPORTSPGATOUR) March 22, 2022
EA is finally making another golf video game, which it hasn’t made since 2015. While the revival was originally intended for spring 2022, EA confirmed in March that the EA Sports PGA Tour will now come out in spring 2023. No reason was given for this shift, but EA is probably just taking the time to ensure they get this revival right.
The still-unnamed sequel of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild reappeared at E3 2021 with a 2022 release window, but that was not meant to be. On March 29, 2022, Nintendo released a video in which series producer Eiji Aonuma explained that the title will now release in spring 2023. “In order to make this game’s experience something special, the entire development team is continuing to work diligently on this game, so please wait a while longer,” he said.
Arkane’s vampiric game Redfall got a significant delay from its original summer 2022 release window. This cooperative shooter is definitely a major shift from Arkane’s typical immersive sim fair, so it’s not too surprising that they need more time to polish it before launch. The game will now release sometime during the first half of 2023.
An update on Redfall and Starfield. pic.twitter.com/pqDtx26Uu6
— Bethesda (@bethesda) May 12, 2022
One of the most notable delays of this year is Starfield. Unveiled with a November 11, 2022, release date at E3 2021, Bethesda seemed adamant about not pushing this game back. Ultimately, Bethesda game studios decided that the game needed more time and pushed it back to 2023, alongside Redfall. “The teams at Arkane Austin (Redfall) and Bethesda Game Studios (Starfield) have incredible ambitions for their games, and we want to ensure that you receive the best, most polished versions of them,” Bethesda tweeted about the delay.
An update on the launch of Homeworld 3: pic.twitter.com/uKc5jPOcto
— Homeworld (@HomeworldGame) June 10, 2022
Gearbox and Blackbird Interactive were set to revive Homeworld, a classic sci-fi RTS series, with a third entry in 2022. Unfortunately, they made the decision to push Homeworld 3 back to the first half of 2023 so that Gearbox and Blackbird could “make good on our commitment to quality in a healthy and sustainable way for all those involved. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long to get another look at the game as it will be at Gamescom.”
Nacon’s revival of the classic open-world racing series Test Drive Unlimited was originally supposed to come out in September 2022, but was pushed back to 2023 in May. “With so much support from fans of the series, we know many of you will be disappointed, but our goal with Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is to make it the most polished gaming experience in the franchise by spending more time on its development,” the developers said in a Steam blog post. With this delay, Nacon also canceled the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, making it a current-gen console exclusive.
— REPLACED (@REPLACEDGame) May 25, 2022
Sad Cat’s Replaced made a strong first impression at the Xbox E3 2021 show because of its beautiful pixel art style. While the developer planned to release the game in 2022, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “heavily impacted” development as most of Sad Cat is based out of Ukraine and Belarus. Development paused as some of the team relocated, so Sad Cat and publisher Coatsink made the decision to delay Replaced to 2023 because they “are prioritizing both the physical and mental health of the developers by not forcing the original deadlines that have been unexpectedly impacted.
Granblue Fantasy: Relink is supposed to be the mobile game franchise’s big break on consoles as an action-heavy RPG with a grander scope than anything Japanese developer Cygames has done before. That said, the game’s been delayed multiple times. Originally intended to be released in 2019, the game was pushed back to 2022 and once again to 2023. Producer Yuito Kimura says on the game’s website that this delay will let Cygames “further polish and optimize details and gameplay as we approach our final stretch,” mainly focused on things like balancing and debugging.
When Studio Wildcard first announced Ark 2 in 2020, it said the game would come out in 2022. That is no longer the case for this survival sandbox game that has dinosaurs and will star Vin Diesel and Moana actress Auli’i Cravalho, though. When the game reemerged at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on June 12, it had a 2023 early access release window. Hopefully, Studio Wildcard will hit this new release target.
When Starward Industries first revealed The Invincible, a first-person sci-fi adventure game, it was supposed to release on PC and next-generation consoles in 2021. That didn’t happen, and when the game reemerged at this year’s PC Gaming Show, we learned that 11 bit Studios is now publishing the game and that it will be released in 2023.
The first notable delay of 2022 was a lengthy one. The highly anticipated postapocalyptic shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl got an April 28, 2022, release date at E3 2021 but was pushed all the way to December 8. “These additional seven months of development are needed to fulfill our vision and achieve the desired state of the game,” developer GSC Game World stated in a tweet about the delay. The news came just shortly after the studio announced it would add NFTs to the title and subsequently canceled the plans 24 hours later due to backlash. During the Xbox and Bethesda Game Showcase Extended, GSC Game World then confirmed that the game was delayed to 2023 due to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, like Replaced.
Sea of Stars will release in 2023 pic.twitter.com/S7U71G1oWh
— Sea of Stars (@seaofstarsgame) June 30, 2022
Sea of Stars is a promising turn-based RPG inspired by Chrono Trigger. Unfortunately, The Messenger and Sea of Stars developer Sabotage thinks the game needs more time in the oven. A delay from winter 2022 to 2023 was announced on Twitter on June 30, and Sabotage says the delay will benefit the “quality of life for our team and the quality of the finished game.”
Update on Star Wars: Hunters pic.twitter.com/F0ebimryVY
— Zynga Star Wars (@ZyngaStarWars) July 18, 2022
Star Wars: Hunters is a competitive multiplayer game that was supposed to release on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch in 2021 before being pushed to this year. Now, Zynga announced on Twitter that the game wouldn’t arrive until 2023. “To ensure we meet the high expectations we are setting for fans globally and ourselves as developers, we have made the decision to delay the worldwide launch of Star Wars: Hunters,” Zynga explained in the Tweet.
Initially thought to be launching around the release of Avatar: The Way of Water, Ubisoft’s licensed Avatar game Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora will no longer make it out this year. It has been pushed to Ubisoft’s 2023 to 2024 fiscal year. This means the game could release any time between April 2023 and March 2024. Ubisoft also confirmed that a “smaller unannounced premium game” was pushed into this new window as well, with reports indicating its Assassin’s Creed Rift. “While this additional development time is a reflection of the current ongoing constraints on productions across the industry, we are hard at work to design the most efficient working conditions to ensure both flexibility for our teams as well as strong productivity while delivering the best experiences to players,” Ubisoft said about the delays in a press release.
Ubisoft’s soft reboot of the classic city builder and real-time strategy game hybrid The Settlers was set to launch on March 17. Ahead of its release, many fans got the chance to try out a closed beta for the game. Unfortunately for Ubisoft, the results weren’t that positive. The game was delayed indefinitely two weeks before its intended launch so the developers could “further improve the game and push quality as our main priority for all our players.”
After getting pushed back from December 2021, Nintendo and WayForward’s Advance Wars remakes for Nintendo Switch were supposed to finally launch on April 8, 2022. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Nintendo decided to indefinitely delay this war-based strategy game. “In light of recent world events, we have made the decision to delay Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which was originally scheduled to release on Nintendo Switch on April 8th,” Nintendo tweeted. “Please stay tuned for updates on a new release date.”
Exomecha is a free-to-play FPS game featuring mechs that gained notoriety after being featured in a July 2020 Xbox showcase. The game was originally slated for release in August 2021 but got delayed so the developers could continue to refine the experience. Now, Exomecha has been delayed again with no new release window given because the developers at TwistedRed Games want to continue to polish the experience and prepare some post-launch content. We can only hope that this delay won’t be too significant.
Ubisoft’s oft-delayed Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake shouldn’t be expected anytime soon. Although the game got a January 2021 release date when it was announced, it was delayed to March 2021 in response to the backlash toward its reveal. The game was then indefinitely pushed back by Ubisoft but was still expected to come out before the end of March 2023. When development shifted over from Ubisoft Pune and Mumbai to Ubisoft Montreal earlier this year, Ubisoft revealed to Digital Trends that we shouldn’t expect the game anytime soon. “We’re proud of the work achieved by Ubisoft Pune and Ubisoft Mumbai, and Ubisoft Montreal will benefit from their learnings as the new team will continue the work to deliver a great remake,” a Ubisoft representative told Digital Trends.” As such, we are no longer targeting an FY23 (fiscal year 2023) release anymore. Players will be updated on the project as the development is moving along.”
As the year goes on, more delays are bound the happen. We’ll update this post as they are announced.