Due to studios’ continued reliance on remote or hybrid development, video game delays have grown typical throughout the pandemic – we counted 60 delays in 2021 alone. We expect to see a big number of games delayed once more in 2022 as a result of this radical change in how games are created being the norm.
STALKER 2: Hearts of Chernobyl
The first game that was formally postponed in 2022 was STALKER 2. “The game needs these extra seven months of development to reach the necessary level and realise our vision, according to GSC Game World, the game’s creator. “STALKER 2 is the largest project in GSC’s history, and it needs to be carefully tested and polished. We firmly believe that, particularly in the case of such a project, development should last as long as is necessary.”
Despite the bad news for the sequel, fans of the series are accustomed to waiting patiently; STALKER 2 arrives more than a decade after Call of Pripyat, the last instalment in the franchise.
Ghostrunner: Project_Hel DLC
Major new Ghostrunner DLC Project Hel was postponed from late January until early March. According to a tweet from the game’s official account, the additional development time would be utilised “to make even more worthwhile enhancements while protecting the health & safety of our team and global partners.”
Hel, one of the bosses from the original game, is playable in Project Hel. Six additional story missions, monsters, bosses, and six brand-new tunes by electronic musician Daniel Deluxe are all part of the DLC.
Dying Light 2 for Nintendo Switch
The cloud edition of Dying Light 2 for Nintendo Switch was postponed two weeks over its first scheduled launch date. It should be available “within six months” of the first release date, according to developer Techland, placing the Switch version’s possible release window between February and August.
The sequel will still be released on February 4 for the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific and Vanguard Season 2
Both Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific and Call of Duty: Vanguard’s second seasons were postponed by two weeks. The extra time, according to Activision, would be used to “provide improvements, including gameplay optimizations, game balancing (including weapon and equipment balancing), to fix game stability and bugs, and to assure an overall degree of polish to improve the experience.”
Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection for Nintendo Switch
Less than two weeks after its initial release, the Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection for Nintendo Switch, which includes the original Life Is Strange and its prequel Life Is Strange: Before the Storm, was delayed. The creator acknowledged that the Switch version had a setback and stated that it will be ready “later this year.”
The upgraded games have new graphics, better animations, and better lighting. On February 1, the collection is still anticipated to launch on the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia.
Evil Dead: The Game
The official Evil Dead video game was postponed by Saber Interactive and Boss Team Games from February to May 13, 2022, in late January. They explained that because of the delay, everything would be perfect on May 13th when your boomstick would be polished, loaded, and ready to blast Deadites. Sometime in February, a fresh trailer for the multiplayer game will be shown.
Battlefield 2042 Season One
Battlefield 2042’s Season One hasn’t started yet, despite the game’s November 2021 release date. When EA said on February 1 that Season One would now begin in “early summer” 2022, the wait for that new content became even longer.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
According to a Bloomberg story, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been postponed until 2023. The sequel to Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham trilogy was formerly planned for 2022.
Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang are the four playable characters in the one-to-four player action game, which is set in an open-world Metropolis.
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