Video games postponements are numerous since the beginning of the pandemic. The opportunity to look back on the longest postponements in the history of video games.
You may have noticed, but since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, video games postponements are numerous. We could mention S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, or Saints Row. Let’s also remember that Elden Ring was originally scheduled to be released in November 2021.
Despite all these postponements that frustrate gamers, the video game industry has seen much worse than these releases shifted by a few months. As you will discover, some titles have even been released on different generations of consoles than the one originally planned. Here are the longest postponements in the history of video games.
Chances are that you have been waiting for at least one of the games on our list for a very long time. Fortunately, once released, most of them have lived up to expectations.
A rather difficult goal to achieve when fans have waited several years before finally being able to lay their hands on the object of their desire. Discover now the longest delays in the history of video games.
1. Too Human
Too Human is not well known, but it has a very interesting story. Announced in 1999 and initially planned for the… PS1, the game is finally transferred to GameCube. But it will only be released in August 2008… on Xbox 360, after a calamitous development.
2. The Last Guardian
After Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, Fumito Ueda and his team have done it again with another spellbinding adventure, The Last Guardian. Before its release on PS4 in December 2016, the game went through a long desert crossing. Announced at E3 2009 and planned for PS3, its development will finally last much longer than expected, 9 years to be exact.
3. Duke Nukem Forever
1997. That’s the year Duke Nukem Forever was officially announced. Obviously, the title was not at all planned to be released on the PS3/Xbox 360 generation in 2011. The game went through many postponements and changes of development studios and game engines before finally being released.
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4. Team Fortress 2
11 years passed between the beginning of the development of Team Fortress 2 and its release in 2007. But until 2006, the game was not talked about at all because Valve had to grope around before finding the right direction for this sequel, whose first opus was originally a Quake mod created by three developers (later hired at Valve).
5. Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy Versus XIII was the original name of Final Fantasy XV. The game unveiled in 2006 was supposed to be released on the PS3/Xbox 360 generation of consoles and was part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis project. But the development of the game stagnates because the priority is given to Final Fantasy XIII. It becomes Final Fantasy XV in 2013 and takes a new direction, far from that seen in the first trailer. After several postponements, it is finally released in November 2016. A decried episode of the cult license, but worth the detour.
6. Cyberpunk 2077
You probably expected to see Cyberpunk 2077 in this ranking. CD Projekt’s title was not intended to straddle two generations. After almost 9 years of development, Cyberpunk 2077 will finally be released in December 2020, not without being postponed several times.
7. L.A. Noire
The title published by Rockstar, which is still making its fans simmer about GTA VI, should have been released well before 2011. Its development began in 2004, but the very advanced motion capture techniques used and the ambitions of the development studio Team Bondi will delay the release date of the game for a long time.