Game delays are a part of life. You know the old saying, a delayed game is…well, you know. It’s undeniably a bummer to see a title you’re excited about slip into the following year, but it’s generally for the best to ensure a quality product at release. 2022 has had a growing handful of high-profile setbacks, and we’ve assembled them all in one alphabetized list for a handy reference.
EA Sports PGA Tour
First announced in 2021 with a Spring 2022 launch window, PGA Tour marks EA’s return to making golf games after a years-long hiatus. The publisher nabbed 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 besides a few courses and events, and EA has only offered vague timeframes for launch. It recently pushed the game to Spring 2023, a year after its original projected arrival.
Kerbal Space Program 2
Kerbal Space Program 2’s launch has been delayed several times since its reveal in 2019. Developer Star Theory isn’t shy about taking as much time as possible to make sure the space sim is as “breathtaking” as fans expect. Though it’s a bummer to have stay grounded for several months longer, who would want to deny those adorable Kerbals a smooth liftoff?
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
In March, Nintendo announced that Breath of the Wild’s yet-to-be-named follow-up will slip out of 2022 to arrive in Spring 2023. While we won’t get the Zelda vs Elden Ring Game of the Year throwdown some gamers salivated over this year, we’ve become increasingly conditioned to waiting around for this game. What’s nearly a year-long delay?
Pragmata’s delay has likely been met with the most indifference because we hardly know anything about its strange premise of an astronaut partnering up with a powerful young girl. It also never came close to approaching its original launch window. Capcom revealed the sci-fi title in 2020 and slapped it with a 2022 release. Two years is plenty of time to forget about Pragmata for a while, but in 2021 Capcom pushed the game to 2023 before we even got married to the idea of it arriving this year. Capcom has been tightlipped on Pragmata so it’s hard to know why it tacked on an extra year of development, but we’re itching to see more of this fascinating title in the near future.
Arkane Studios’ bloodsucking co-op title needs to slumber a bit longer. On its face, Redfall is essentially Left 4 Dead with vampires as you and your crew band together to survive hordes of deadly night creatures. We’re itching to see if and how Arkane applies the immersive sim elements from Dishonored or Deathloop to a completely multiplayer format. We just have to wait until the first half of 2023 now.
In June 2021, Bethesda confidently announced Starfield would land on November 11, 2022; the eleventh anniversary of Skyrim’s launch. Unfortunately, the publisher’s new space-faring IP needs more time on the assembly line and was delayed in the same breath as Redfall. Despite the setback, we still expect Bethesda to unveil the first lengthy gameplay demonstration for Starfield at the Xbox/Bethesda Showcase in June.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rumors had swirled about Suicide Squad’s delay before developer Rocksteady confirmed the worst, so at least the blow was softened a bit. While we won’t get to (hopefully) take down Superman and the League this calendar year, we trust that Rocksteady will take whatever time it needs to do the Suicide Squad justice.
Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown
Test Drive Unlimited’s big comeback landed a September 2022 launch date a year in advance, demonstrating KT Racing’s apparent confidence it could cross the finish line in time. Alas, it was not to be. In order to ensure Solar Crown reaches the sky-high bar of quality the team is aiming for, the game was not only delayed, but its PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions were canceled. According to the studio, abandoning the last generation will allow Solar Crown to take full advantage of current hardware.