2022 has only just begun, but our good friend Art Van-delay has already shown up a few times to push games further into the year, or even into another year altogether. Delays in games are not rare, and as the year goes on, the list of games postponed in 2022 will only grow – and could rival the games released in 2022. To keep things simple, we’ve put together a list of all the games delayed so far, removing the ones that were eventually released. Here are the games that have been delayed in 2022 so far. Note that only games with delays on all available systems are included – games with only the Switch cloud version that have been delayed, for example, are omitted – unless the new versions were planned years after the original release.
Kerbal Space Program 2
The sequel to the critically acclaimed space flight simulation Kerbal Space Program will not arrive in 2022. Kerbal Space Program 2 will hit PC in early 2023, followed by a console release later that year, with Intercept Games emphasizing quality and brilliance as the main reasons for the delay.
One of the biggest games of 2022 is now becoming one of the biggest games of 2023. Bethesda’s Starfield had a set date: November 11, 2022, but this may have been too optimistic. The game will now be released sometime in 2023, with no new definitive date set. Bethesda gave a vague “polish” explanation for the delay, as well as Redfall’s delay, in an update post on social media in May.
Bethesda’s other planned 2022 game, Redfall, was delayed at the same time as Starfield and also got a 2023 release window. Developed by Arkane Austin, the cooperative action game appears to be quite different from the studio’s work on Dishonored and Prey. It will also be the first Arkane game not to be released on a PlayStation system in more than a decade.
The day before
A little later than the day before, isn’t it? The Day Before, a highly anticipated MMO, was due to release in June, but the development team chose to make a big change. To enable a move to Unreal Engine 5, The Day Before is coming on March 1, 2023. Studio Fntastic promises a “more advanced and custom open worlds engine”.
MX vs ATV Legends
The race is a little behind schedule. MX vs ATV Legends was previously slated for a May 24 release. However, the game was delayed to June 28 about a month earlier. The delay was made to preserve quality, including eliminating bugs and keeping the frame rate high.
The Witcher 3 (current generation)
The Witcher 3 was released in 2015 for last-generation systems and PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions are in development. However, CD Projekt Red has chosen to move development to the in-house team rather than continue working with Saber Interactive. The decision has resulted in the game being moved from its Q2 2022 window to an unannounced future date.
The university management simulator Two Point Campus was previously scheduled to release on May 17, but it appears that Two Point Studios had quality issues with some of its supported platforms. The game is now set to release on August 9, and game director Mark Webley says the delay will allow the team to “deliver the best possible game that can be played across all platforms”.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel
The sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which was previously slated to launch sometime in 2022, is now set to release in Spring 2023. Nintendo wasn’t given a specific reason for the delay, though every Zelda game has given the reason. usually can add up to “make sure it’s perfect.” The sequel will play both in the air and on the ground, and it will have the same visual style as Breath of the Wild.
Sons of the Woods
The highly anticipated sequel to The Forest was originally scheduled for May, but Sons of the Forest developer Endnight Games now says that window was “too ambitious”. The survival game is now slated for October and given the spooky themes, this new window might just be the perfect choice.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Rocksteady’s first full game since Batman: Arkham Knight takes a little more time to cook. Previously slated for a 2022 release, the developer announced that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League will now be released in 2023. The game features characters like Harley Quinn and Deadshot, and it is technically a narrative sequel to Arkham Knight.
EA Sports PGA Tour
Talk about a double bogey. After already postponing the game once with an expected release window of late 2022, EA has chosen to postpone EA Sports PGA Tour a second time. The upcoming golf game now comes in the spring of 2023 and will have to do it again without the Tiger Woods name. The golf legend has switched teams and now works exclusively with 2K Games.
Starship Troopers – Terran Commando
If there’s one game that needs to squash its bugs, it’s Starship Troopers – Terran Command. Based on the cult classic sci-fi satire film, which itself was based on a non-satiric sci-fi book, the game is set to release in late March. However, it will now arrive on June 16. It is currently “content complete”, but the development team did not want to fix it with further patches after launch.
Advance Wars 1+2: Restart Camp
This one hurt. Less than two months before its release date – December 3, 2021 – Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp was delayed until April. It was then pushed back just a month before launch in response to “world events,” which almost certainly meant the war in Ukraine. This complete remake of the two Advance Wars games from the GBA era is much more than a remaster, a new art style and support for up to four players. Given how long it’s been since the last game in the series, we assumed a few more months of waiting isn’t the end of the world.
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale
A role-playing game with a tactical combat system, King Arthur: Knight’s tale was set to release at the end of March. However, Neocore Games chose to postpone it until April 26 to finalize localization efforts and further test the game.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl
Previously slated for an April 2022 launch, the highly anticipated STALKER 2 has been delayed to December 8. The seven months, according to GSC Game World, are needed to “comply with [its] vision and achieving the desired state of the game.” Based on the announcement, most of this time seems to be spent on testing and polishing, but the game will launch on Game Pass when it comes out. sidelined after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as GSC Game World’s studio is located in Kiev.
Frontier’s Warhammer: Age of Sigmar RTS
Can a game be delayed if it doesn’t have a definitive name? Apparently, since Frontier Development has announced that its previously teased Warhammer: Age of Sigmar now probably won’t be released until later in 2023. That should be good for Warhammer fans as they have quite a few of those games to play in the meantime.
Just announced in December 2021 at The Game Awards, Iron Galaxy’s Rumbleverse has already been delayed. It will no longer be released in February as previously planned, and beta testing has also been postponed to an unspecified date. No replacement release date has been set yet, with the team saying it wants to build a great community for the game and “make sure we can do that right.”
Evil Dead: the game
You’ll have to wait a little longer than expected to play as Ash Williams and fire his boomstick, as Evil Dead: The Game has been delayed from February to May 13, 2022. able to play it on everything from PS5 to Nintendo Switch and PC, and it features characters from across the Evil Dead universe. That includes the Ash vs. Evil Dead series.
The oft-delayed strategy game The Settlers has been delayed again, this time indefinitely. The game was previously scheduled for March 17, but was pushed back to an unspecified future date after the game’s closed beta came in for criticism. Ubisoft Düsseldorf uses the time to “improve the game and push the quality” [its] top priority for all players.”
Square Enix and Luminous Productions originally planned to launch Forspoken in May, but the decision was made to add even more sparkle and improvements a few months before that date. Now out on October 11 for PS5 and PC, the game offers a unique take on fantasy and magic in an action-adventure game.