Developer People Can Fly announced the delay in early January, saying, “We have decided to move the release date of Outriders to April 1st 2021 (no joke!). We will spend this extra time fine tuning the game and focusing on delivering a fantastic play experience at launch.”
This is Outriders’ second delay; it was previously pushed from Holiday 2020 to February 2021.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC | Developer: People Can Fly Pragmata
Delayed from 2022 to 2023
Pragmata’s delay was quietly revealed at the end of a sizzle reel shown during Sony’s 2021 CES panel. Capcom’s mysterious new game was initially given a 2022 release window.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC | Developer: Capcom Elite Dangerous: Odyssey
Delayed from Early 2021 to Late Spring (PC) and Fall 2021 (Console)
Frontier Developments delayed its upcoming Elite Dangerous expansion due to the “ongoing impact of the pandemic.” The studio said the effects of the pandemic, “including the [U.K.’s] renewed lockdowns in 2021, continues to put added pressure on our teams and ultimately our development timeline.”
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Developer: Frontier Developments
Delayed from 2021 to 2022
On January 13 Portkey Games announced it was delaying its open-world Harry Potter action-RPG by a year. “Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us so we are giving the game the time it needs,” read a statement from the developer.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC | Developers: Portkey Games, Avalanche Software Cyberpunk 2077 Free DLC
Delayed from Early 2021 to later in 2021
CD Projekt Red initially planned to begin releasing free Cyberpunk 2077 DLC in early 2021. However, that DLC may no longer hit its target window, as the developer has prioritized “working on the most important fixes and updates,” specifically for the poorly optimized PS4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC | Developer: CD Projekt Red Riders Republic
Delayed from February 25 to later in 2021
On January 14 Ubisoft announced it was delaying Riders Republic from its former February release date to sometime “later” in 2021. “This additional time will allow our passionate team to deliver the best fun fueled experience to our players,” said the company.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC | Developer: Ubisoft Annecy
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The Lord of the Rings: Gollum
Delayed from Late 2021 to 2022
Originally set to be released later this year, The Lord of the Rings: Gollum will now arrive at some point in 2022. Publisher Nacon announced the new date for the stealth-focused Middle-earth adventure in late January, though it didn’t provide a reason for the delay.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC | Developer: Daedalic Entertainment Returnal
Delayed from March 19 to April 30, 2021
Returnal was pushed from mid-March to late April “to give the team extra time to continue to polish the game to the level of quality players expect from Housemarque.” The roguelike third-person shooter will be released exclusively on PS5.
Platform: PS5 | Developer: Housemarque Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
Delayed from March 18 to “a later date.”
The first game delay announced in February, and the ninth overall for the year, was Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake. According to Ubisoft, the extra development time will allow the team “to deliver a remake that feels fresh while remaining faithful to the original.” A new release date wasn’t announced.
This is the remake’s second delay; it was previously pushed from January to March.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Developer: Ubisoft New World
Delayed from Spring to August 31, 2021
In mid-February, Amazon announced it was delaying its upcoming MMO, New World, from spring to August 31. The development team will use the additional months to continue its work on “compelling end-game features,” in addition to “polishing and fine tuning the whole game.”
This is New World’s second delay; it was previously pushed from August 25, 2020, to Spring 2021.
Platform: PC | Developer: Amazon Game Studios 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 release window without announcing a new target date. Alongside the delay, the publisher announced Hardsuit Labs will no longer be leading development on the project. “A change” was needed, according to Paradox, “and, as a result, more development time is required.”
Originally slated for Q1 2020, Bloodlines 2’s troubled development has included multiple delays and departures of key talent, including the game’s former creative director and senior narrative designer.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC | Developer: Hardsuit Labs (until February 2021); new developer TBA Gran Turismo 7
Delayed from 2021 to 2022
GT7 was delayed from 2021 to 2022 due to “Covid-related production challenges,” according to Sony. “With the ongoing pandemic, it’s a dynamic and changing situation and some critical aspects of game production have been slowed over the past several months,” the company added.
Platform: PS5 | Developer: Polyphony Digital
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New Need for Speed
Delayed from EA’s fiscal year 2022 to fiscal year 2023*
EA delayed the next, currently untitled Need for Speed from FY2022 to FY2023 as developer Criterion Games temporarily moves off the upcoming racer to assist DICE on the next Battlefield — a decision made to combat the effects of pandemic-related working conditions and ensure EA’s flagship shooter hits its target Holiday 2021 release window.
*EA’s fiscal year runs from April through the following March, meaning the next Need for Speed is now expected between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One | Developer: Criterion Games Guilty Gear Strive
Delayed from April 9 to June 11, 2021
Guilty Gear Strive was delayed by two months after developer Arc System Works received “valuable feedback” from the recent open beta. The additional time will be used “to polish some aspects of the game, such as the online lobbies and the server’s stability,” according to the developer.
The fighting game was previously delayed out of 2020 due to COVID-19-related development challenges.
Platforms: PS5, PS4, PC | Developer: Arc System Works Borderlands 3 Director’s Cut Add-on
Delayed from March 18 to April 8, 2021
The Borderlands 3 Director’s Cut add-on was delayed by three weeks due to the “severe weather that impacted Texas last month,” according to developer Gearbox. The Director’s Cut content includes a new raid boss, story missions, and challenges.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC | Developer: Gearbox Software
Delayed from 2021 to 2022
WB Games delayed Gotham Knights into 2022 to give the development team “more time to deliver the best possible experience for players.” Announced in 2020 at DC Fandome, the co-op Batman game was initially given a 2021 release window.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC | Developer: WB Games Montreal
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Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN.