From Metroid Prime 4 restarting development to Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's two-week delay, there have been many high-profile release date changes this year, and we've detailed every game's delay (and release date) below so you have something to read while you wait for these games.
The Last of Us Part 2: Delayed Until May, 2020
New Release Date: May 29, 2020The Last of Us Part 2's release date was confirmed to be February 21, 2020, just a few weeks before Naughty Dog broke the news that it needs a bit more time as "we realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality."The much-anticipated sequel to 2014's The Last of Us will now be released on May 29, 2020.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Delayed Until March, 2020
New Release Date: March 20, 2020Animal Crossing: New Horizons was originally scheduled to be released in 2019, but Nintendo's Yoshiaki Koizumi said during a Nintendo Direct that "We need to change its release date to March 20, 2020. To ensure the game is the best it can be, we must ask that you wait a little longer than we thought."
Metroid Prime 4: Delayed Until ???
New Release Date: UnknownMetroid Prime 4 was an interesting case because it never had a release date, but Nintendo came out and revealed they were restarting development as the fourth Metroid Prime title "has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series."The good news was that Nintendo decided to let producer Kensuke Tanabe "work in trust and collaboration with the studio that developed the original Metroid Prime series, Retro Studios in the United States, and restart development from the beginning."
Watch_Dogs Legion: Delayed Until ???
New Release Date: Between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021Watch_Dogs Legion was delayed from its original date of March 6, 2020, to Ubisoft's fiscal year 2020-2021 which runs from April 1, 2020, through March 31, 2021. Ubisoft delayed it alongside Rainbow Six Quarantine and Gods & Monsters because it wants its "teams to have more development time to ensure that their respective innovations are perfectly implemented so as to deliver optimal experiences for players."
Doom Eternal: Delayed Until March, 2020
New Release Date: March 20, 2020Doom Eternal, the followup to 2016's Doom, was set to launch on November 22, 2019.
Bethesda has since announced that it and id Software chose to delay the title to March 20, 2020, in order for it to live up to "our standards of speed and polish." They did announce, however, that Doom 64 is now a pre-order bonus on all platforms.
Shenmue 3: Delayed Until November, 2019
New Release Date: November 19, 2019Shenmue 3, since being announced alongside the Final Fantasy VII Remake at E3 2015, had one final delay that pushed its final release date from August 27, 2019, to November 19, 2019.Series creator Yu Suzuki and publisher Deep Silver promised that the game was "almost ready," it just needed a bit more time to "deliver the true Shenmue experience players around the world deserve!"
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine: Delayed Until ???
New Release Date: Between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine is a 3-player, tactical co-op experience that has players facing off against an unknown, deadly parasite and was set to be released in 2020. Ubisoft chose to delay it alongside Watch_Dogs Legion and Gods & Monsters because it wants its "teams to have more development time to ensure that their respective innovations are perfectly implemented so as to deliver optimal experiences for players."
Gods & Monsters: Delayed Until ???
New Release Date: Between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021Gods & Monsters takes its inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but brings in a fantasy open-world filled with mythological creatures.It was set to be released on February 25, 2020, but Ubisoft chose to delay it alongside Watch_Dogs Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine because it wants its "teams to have more development time to ensure that their respective innovations are perfectly implemented so as to deliver optimal experiences for players."
Grid: Delayed Until October, 2019
New Release Date: October 11, 2019
Codemaster's Grid was delayed from its original September 13, 2019, date to almost a month later to October 11.The delay earned it an 8/10 from us, in which we said "It’s more streamlined than the original in terms of team management and it’s definitely way too lean on tracks, but Grid packs fun, fast-paced racing into an easy-to-digest format."
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2: Delayed Until ???
New Release Date: 2020
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodline 2, the follow-up to the 2004 PC title, was delayed from its Q1 2020 launch window. While it doesn't have a new release date besides 2020, developer Hardsuit Labs' said "the extra time will ensure that the game lives up to the legacy of the original Bloodlines game."
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep: Delayed Until October, 2019
New Release Date: October 1, 2019
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep was delayed, although only for two weeks.In our review of Destiny's latest expansion, we said "Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is a big step in the right direction for Destiny, even when it feels like the first chapter in a larger story and subjects you to a brutal grind."
Spelunky: Most Likely Delayed Until ???
New Release Date: 2020 (Most Likely)
Spelunky 2 developer/creator Derek Yu stated that he "doesn't think we're going to release Spelunky 2 this year," as the "density and detail of the game is demanding more time."Yu promised that "development is still going well and we're not far off target," but it just needs a bit more time to live up to the much-beloved Spelunky.
Skull & Bones: Delayed Until ???
New Release Date: Between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021
Skull & Bones was set to be released in Fall 2018, but Ubisoft still needs a bit more time to "make Skull & Bones as awesome as it can be!"We called Skull & Bones a mix between Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, For Honor, and The Crew, and all we know now is that it is now scheduled to be released between April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who hope Final Fantasy VII Remake doesn't get delayed. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.