With COVID-19 bringing the entire planet to a halt for most of 2020, we started to see video games get delayed last year, including some major AAA releases. However, the real effect of the pandemic seems to be in games that were already planned for 2021, as teams had to use new work-from-home setups that delayed processes and ultimately often slowed down development. We aren’t too far into the year yet, but a number of games have already been delayed, and we’ve rounded up a list of them all.
Games on this list had either concrete release dates or a release window, so certain games announced for 2022 like Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 were not included. A game also didn’t have to be delayed out of 2021 to be on the list–it just had to be delayed.
Gran Turismo 7
Sony confirmed back in February that Gran Turismo 7 had been delayed into 2022. The decision came as “critical” parts of the development process were affected by the pandemic, and because of the changing nature of the global situation, a firm date wasn’t set. As we get closer to next year, that will likely change.