More big games lost in 2022 due to Starfield and BotW 2 delays
bethesda open world space RPG Starfield is the last major release of 2022 and is being pushed back to next year. But will it be the last? Probably no. So who’s next? God of War Ragnarok? Bayonetta 3? Gotham Knights? This fall, traditionally the biggest release season of the year, remains an almost completely blank slate, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
“We have made the decision to postpone the launch Redfall and Starfield until the first half of 2023, Bethesda announced Thursday.
Sounds familiar? Recently, many major gaming companies are making the same difficult decision.
“We have made the difficult decision to postpone Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League until spring 2023,” Creative Director Sefton Clark. tweeted in March.
A week later it was the same. Breath of the Wild 2.
“We have decided to slightly extend the development time and move the release to spring 2023,” said series producer Eiji Aonuma. sorry on youtube one week later.
All of these games were supposed to be part of the big fall hype after a few years of silence. That’s where the holiday calendar for 2022 for major releases currently means:
- forgotten | October 11, 2022 postponed from spring 2022 (PC, PS5)
- Gotham Knights | October 25, 2022 postponed from 2021 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
- STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl | December 2022, rescheduled from April 28 (PC, Xbox Series X/S)
Here’s what’s still slated for 2022 in theory, but currently TBD:
- Bayonetta 3 | 2022 (Switch)
- Pokémon Violet and Scarlet | 2022 (Switch)
- Hogwarts legacy | 2022 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
- Contempt | October 2022 postponed from 2021 (PC, Xbox Series X/S)
- Marvel Midnight Suns | End of 2022, rescheduled from March 2022 (PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch)
- God of War: Ragnarok | 2022, postponed from 2021 (PS4, PS5)
Some caveats. As you can see, a bunch of these games have already been delayed at least once. Some just needed more time to develop in general. Others like Stalker 2failed due to historical geopolitical events, including war crimes. All of them have no doubt been at least slightly off schedule due to the global pandemic, the effects of which continue to affect society in the form of continued console shortages, developer demands for work-from-home flexibility, and the fact that new covid cases and deaths continue.
Then there is Cyberpunk element. With big service games no one wants to be next Hymn. And with massive single-player RPGs, no one wants to relive what CD Projekt Red went through.
“Last spring before E3, I was talking to some people at Starfield who were very worried about making an appointment on 11-11-22 because of the progress they have made so far.” bloombergJason Schreier tweeted today. “(‘Next Cyberpunk‘ was the term floated.)”
I heard the Ubisoft developers throw the C word around when talking about Skull and Bones‘ delays also. As much as we talk with approval about games with big twists like Final Fantasy XIV and Nobody’s sky As we’ve seen years after launch, no one wants to go through a cycle of crunch, release, backlash, and then try to fix a broken game while making new content for it.
Bethesda probably knows this better than most. Starfield will be his first major release since 2018 Fallout 76that was mess after release and remains one of the company’s lowest-rated games ever. More recent example Halo Infinite. Despite all the praise its single-player campaign has received, its seasonal multiplayer mode is mired in controversy, and important features like the co-op campaign are still missing.
So where is everything else? One theory is that God of War: Ragnarok will be the next pin to fall. Gotham Knights will hit the chart in October, but after a muted response to its latest big trailer announcement, it could probably wait some extra time in development as well. Ubisoft has yet to announce release dates for its upcoming games for 2022, merely promising them before the end of the fiscal year in April 2023. Skull and Bones, this includes Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and Avatar: Pandora’s Limitsthe latter of which will most likely drop in the winter or even later (the movie it’s tied to is due out in December).
And then there are the rest. Marvel Midnight Suns is not exactly a big-budget release, but compared to what’s left, it will certainly be one of the most notable games coming out this fall (I’m told it’s in good shape and another delay seems unlikely). Contempt is also not your traditional blockbuster, but now it should become Only console exclusive throughout 2022, scary to even think about (born on Kickstarter, latest project delay caused some controversy and apology by the developer).
Of course, the second half of the year could take center stage once the Not-E3 celebrations kick off this summer in June. Maybe Nintendo will reveal the secret of the new fall game, or maybe God of War: Ragnarok fly in and take Starfieldthe date. Or maybe, following the example of Bethesda, publishers and studios will be even more careful to promise anything else before it is absolutely ready. Hope whatever happens they find a way arrange things. I don’t think I can handle another february like it ancient ringX.