Game delays are unfortunately part of the industry. Whether it’s due to issues, the need for extra polishing, or just overextension from the marketing department – usually games that are delayed turn out better in the end. Delaying a game always causes discontent from the fans, but sometimes it is a welcome sight. It is better than getting canceled – I’m looking at you Scalebound. So what are the top 5 games that might be delayed in 2017? Please note, this is just pure speculation, and some games may have already been delayed or not even slated for 2017.
God of War
The 8th (yes 8) game in the God of War series, it turned heads and got gamers excited during the E3 announcement last year. The game is currently in hopes to be released in 2017, but good bet it will probably be delayed till 2018. We have seen excellent game play and a glimpse into the story of an older Kratos battling the Norse Gods – but the production scale must be so large that I’m sure more development is needed. With 2017 slated to be an already great year – it may be a welcomed site to be pushed till next year.
The original Prey was released in 2006 and even that game had a rocky start. It was in total production with several false releases for over 11 years. It was a good game and critically it was a success which lead to Prey 2 being developed. That game suffered several setbacks, with developers leaving, change of design etc. and eventually being cancelled in 2014. Enter Prey, a re-imagining of the original game, announced at E3 last year. We were able to see a little bit about the story this past E3 and further videos have detailed more on the setting and characters. However given its history as a “series” and the retelling being a hybrid FPS and RPG (with heavy storyline and RPG elements) we could see this one being pushed out for finalization and polishing of the game for a better release purely due to the size and scope of the project.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Now just wait and hear me out – there is nothing more that I want than another Red Dead game. But Red Dead 2 was just announced (via social media release and release trailer a couple days later) in October of last year. To have them release the game in either Q3 or Q4 of this year would be a record for Rockstar. They typically release their finished product 2 years after the initial debut. So while possible they have been working on RDR2 since Red Dead, it would be quite the stretch and out of character to have it release end of this year. Prove me wrong right? Please!
Described as a spiritual successor to Wing Commander – Squadron 42 is a Single Player campaign set in the upcoming Star Citizen Universe. Star Citizen is a yet to be release Space Sim described as a MMO in space with several complex components from FPS to trading in the dynamic drop in single/multiplayer universe. It is a widely ambitus project that gained notoriety for its record setting crowd funding campaigns. There are 3 developers on board with teams in the US, Canada, and Germany utilizing different engines including one supplied by Amazon. Boasting an A List of voice actors such as Gary Oldman and Gillian Anderson, the game has already had a set back and delay from 2016 to 2017. With so many cooks in the kitchen, it would be no surprise if they need to push back the game for more finalization. It is an episodic release, so that could be the only saving grace.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Guerilla Games next project after the Killzone series, Horizon: Zero Dawn was a show stopper at E3 in 2015. More advanced than Killzone, they are looking at more RPG elements and making it an Open World game to explore. The game started development in 2011 and was pitched as a “risky” concept by the team. Early concepts had over 20 stories written and 10-20 prototypes. Originally slated for 2016 release it was delayed until February of this year for polishing. The developer states it will be forward compatible with PS4 Pro and will be able to run on 4k resolution. That right there would be another reason for a delay – due to the complex programming and work needed to achieve that goal. I wish them all the best, but would like the delay – that way I could save up for this game!
Gamers dislike when games are delayed, especially the most wanted and anticipated ones. Albeit a bummer, in the end (most of the time) the finished release product meets or even exceeds expectations, and we all forget about those silly delays. What games do you think will be delayed this year? Make your comments below. And as always follow ThisGenGaming on Twitter @TGGamingReviews for all the news, reviews and commentaries in the gaming industry.