Developer People Can Fly announced the
in early January, saying, “We have decided to move the release date of Outriders to April 1st 2021 (no joke!). We will spend this extra time fine tuning the game and focusing on delivering a fantastic play experience at launch.”
This is Outriders’ second delay; it was previously pushed from Holiday 2020 to February 2021.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC | Developer: People Can Fly Pragmata
Delayed from 2022 to 2023
delay was quietly revealed at the end of a sizzle reel shown during Sony’s 2021 CES panel. Capcom’s mysterious new game was initially given a 2022 release window.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC | Developer: Capcom Elite Dangerous: Odyssey
Delayed from Early 2021 to Late Spring (PC) and Fall 2021 (Console)
delayed its upcoming Elite Dangerous expansion due to the “ongoing impact of the pandemic.” The studio said the effects of the pandemic, “including the [U.K.’s] renewed lockdowns in 2021, continues to put added pressure on our teams and ultimately our development timeline.”
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC | Developer: Frontier Developments
Delayed from 2021 to 2022
On January 13 Portkey Games announced it was
delaying its open-world Harry Potter action-RPG by a year. “Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us so we are giving the game the time it needs,” read a statement from the developer.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC | Developers: Portkey Games, Avalanche Software Cyberpunk 2077 Free DLC
Delayed from Early 2021 to Later in 2021
CD Projekt Red initially planned to begin releasing
free Cyberpunk 2077 DLC in early 2021. However, that DLC may no longer hit its target window, as the developer has prioritized “working on the most important fixes and updates,” specifically for the poorly optimized PS4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk.
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC | Developer: CD Projekt Red Riders Republic
Delayed from February 25 to Later in 2021
On January 14 Ubisoft announced it was
delaying Riders Republic from its former February release date to sometime “later” in 2021. “This additional time will allow our passionate team to deliver the best fun fueled experience to our players,” said the company.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC | Developer: Ubisoft Annecy
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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.
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC | Developer: Daedalic Entertainment Returnal
Delayed from March 19 to April 30, 2021
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.
Platform: PS5 | Developer: Housemarque
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.