Over the weekend, tons of people filled my twitter timeline with news that The Legend of Zelda was delayed into 2016. There was even speculation that it won't be launching on Wii U at all, coming to Nintendo's N(e)X(t) console instead. But where does this news come from? Well, directly from Nintendo, but there may be more to it.
Are your Dark Knight undies filled with as much anticipation for Batman: Arkham Knight as mine are? If you said yes, then you’re my kind of messed up individual. Bad news however: You’re going to have to wait a few weeks longer for the game to release, as June 2 is no longer B-day for the B-man.
Just about everything seems to be getting delayed this generation. GTA V for PC’s been delayed to April – after its online heists, now finally available, took over a year to be released. Project Cars has just been delayed, The Witcher 3’s been delayed a handful of times. Rumours suggest even that Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break and Mortal Kombat X might be delayed.
Here I thought development on Project CARS was speeding along, but it seems to have gotten a ticket instead. Project CARS was supposed to be released in November of last year, but was then delayed until March of this year. It was delayed again from March to April, and now we learn it's been pushed to May instead. Will there be even more speed bumps in the game's future?
I hope you’ve not been waiting for Nathan Drake’s latest adventure before jumping in to the new generation of consoles. Naughty Dog’s next game is beautiful, and the sort of thing that will likely sell systems – but it’s been delayed. Originally set for release at the end of this year, it’s been delayed to the Northern Hemisphere’s spring in 2016.
Quantum Break is the reason I'm happy to have grabbed an Xbox One (yes, I finally have one). I was holding out for Quantum Break because it looks like exactly the kind of game I want to play, and I think most gamers agreed after seeing the gameplay reveal at Gamescom. It was expected to launch at the end of this year, but it may need to bend a bit more time.
Narrative adventures have come back in a big way over the past few years, with Telltale legitimising their existence again with a string of fantastic series. Square Enix got into the game last month, with the first episode of their own Heavy Rain styled adventure, Life is Strange. The first episode seemed to be pretty great, setting up a tale that would be fleshed out every six weeks with new episodes. It’s too bad then that the next chapter has been delayed.
GTA V has been a on long road to PC - and taking wrong turns at nearly ever junction possible. Just a few short days before the game was set to launch in January, Rockstar set back the PC version back to March, along with a window for the eagerly anticipated Heists mode. Heists are still on track for launch, but GTA V on PC has been delayed yet again.
Dying Light is easily my favourite game this year so far. It’s got some story and pacing issues, and a great deal of that open-world bloat – but they’re issues that can be easily ignored because it’s just so much fun. It’s been available digitally for about a month now, with its physical release delayed until this week. Unfortunately, it looks like that local release has been delayed again.
Project Cars may just be the racing game that everyone has been waiting for. It's promising gorgeous graphics and design, plus realistic driving. While this community-based experience may be awesome, we'll have to wait a bit longer to know for sure.
January is usually a month that is deader than disco when it comes to new releases. This year however, it’s getting at least one high profile release in the form of zombie survival parkour title Dying Light. At least digitally, that is. Because you’re going to have to wait a while to get your hands on a physical version of the game.
Well, physical copies of the game have been, it seems. Dying Light won’t be arriving in store shelves for a January 30 release, for unknown reasons.
The game that nabbed the title of the most anticipated game of 2015, has been delayed. Yes, The Witcher 3 has moved from its February release date, to somewhere ion the middle of May. In an open letter to gamers, CD Projekt RED confirmed the delay.
Exclusives help sell specific consoles. Some help more than others - I'm convinced that Bloodborne will be great for PS4 and when the next Halo releases it will be god's gift to Xbox One owners. There are a few other exclusives in the works, but one has just been delayed out of the Holiday launch window, into 2015.
Bloodborne is one of the most anticipated PS4 exclusives coming next year. It appears to build upon all the lessons learned from Souls games, and will harness the power of the new generation console to bring us the most impressively horrifying game to date. But it needs a bit more time for release.