A few months ago, anyone talking about a global pandemic that shut down society was just excited about the Last of Us : Part II. Sadly, thanks to Covid-19, it’s become a reality – and as it turns out, none of those post-apocalyptic games warned us about the effect it would have on the video game industry. From design to distribution, every element of the game supply chain has been affected, and as a result, 2020’s release calendar has been pretty much wiped clean. So, here’s our list of every game postponed this year.
The Last of Us: Part II
Where better to start things off with The Last of Us: Part II? Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated sequel was originally announced for a February 21st release, but was first delayed back in October 2019 due to the game not being “up to a level of polish” game director Neil Druckmann expected. It now seems that we will be waiting a while, as Druckmann has now announced that because of Covid-19 related distribution complications, the game has been delayed from May 29 to an agonising ‘indefinite release’.
Iron Man VR
In the same announcement, Sony also confirmed that Iron Man VR is delayed indefinitely, and while they’ve claimed that no other titles will be affected at this time, it has made us panic ever so slightly about the eagerly awaited Ghosts of Tsushima, with June 26 looking surprisingly close.
Skull and Bones
Ubisoft has probably been the most-hit studio when it comes to 2020 delays, with four AAA titles having to push back their release date. Skull and Bones has actually been delayed since May 2019, when they announced the pirate adventure title would not be released until after March this year. However, with no new announcements – and a global pandemic – it seems like an update on the game isn’t a priority for the studio right now.
Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters
Watch Dogs: Legion was probably the most devastating delay when Ubisoft announced that it, along with Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters would all be postponed to the studio’s 2020 financial year, starting on April 1st 2020. Unfortunately, like most of the other delays, we haven’t been given new release dates, so there’s no telling how long we’ll have to wait.
Obviously, we can’t ignore the elephant in the room – Cyberpunk 2077. With the title already delayed from April to September, it’s safe to say we’re all feeling a little nervous, especially since we’ve been waiting since 2012! However, CD Projekt Red have said they think they’re still on track to hit a September release, so fingers crossed they buck the trend and hit shelves as planned.
Dying Light 2
And, to finish up the list, we still haven’t seen Dying Light 2. Originally announced at E3 2018, the game was given a release date of the first half of this year, but in January, developer Techland said it would be delayed to allow additional development time. With no release date given then, and no announcements so far, this is another indefinite release date title.
So, that’s our round-up of every game delayed in 2020. Obviously, it wasn’t our favourite feature to write, but if you’re feeling blue, don’t worry – we’re also planning a guide to the best newly released indie titles, so make sure to drop your suggestions in the comments (and then wash your hands).