Every Game Delay Announced in 2021 (So Far)

By | January 28, 2021

Game delays became more prevalent in 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19, as studios adjusted to the logistical challenges and limitations of working from home. With the pandemic still raging and eight game delays already announced, the early days of 2021 indicate that trend will likely continue throughout the new year.To track the pandemic’s continued impact on game development, we’ve compiled a list of every game and notable DLC delay announced this year (so far). This article will be updated as more release dates and windows are inevitably pushed, but for now, these are all eight games delayed in 2021.

Every Game Delay Announced in 2021

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.


  • 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.

Which of these are you most disappointed by? Which games of 2021 are you hoping don’t get delayed next? Let us know in the comments.

Jordan is a freelance writer for IGN.