Thursday, March 3, 2016

6 Big Video Games That Have Been Delayed

Maybe it’s just the nostalgia talking, but it seems like video games used to come out when they were supposed to. Not anymore. In this console generation, video game delays are starting to become an expected part of the development cycle. A ton of games that were slated for release have been pushed back for a variety of reasons. What big upcoming games have been delayed? Read on to find out.

1. Tom Clancy’s The Division

Original Release Date: End of 2014
New Release Date: March 8, 2016

The Division is a third-person shooter that takes place after a pandemic has wiped out much of the U.S. population. The developers have stressed that the title is, in fact, just as much a role-playing game as it is a shooter. In an interview with IGN, the game’s art director, Rodrigo Cortes, said: “It has shooting, and is shooter-like… But it’s not a shooter with some RPG stats tacked on. It’s actually a proper RPG from the very beginning. There’s deep progression when it comes to loot, gear, and levels and you’ll be able to customize every skill, do exactly what you want, and choose roles.”

2. Ratchet and Clank

Original Release Date: 2015
New Release Date: April 12, 2016

Ratchet & Clank
, a long-running series of PlayStation action platformers, is about to be a big deal again. For one thing, it’s being turned into an animated feature film, which will spread its popularity beyond just gamers. But gamers don’t need to worry, because they’re not being left out, either.
That’s because developer Insomniac is remaking the original 2002 Ratchet & Clank game for PlayStation 4. It’s being made in conjunction with the movie, so some story points may be tweaked to line up with the Hollywood version of things, and the graphics will get a mega-boost. But the basic idea of a furry lombax and his robot pal adventuring around the universe will remain intact.

3. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Original Release Date: End of 2015
New Release Date: May 10, 2016

One of, if not the most popular PlayStation series is Uncharted, a trio of games that star Nathan Drake, explorer and treasure hunter extraordinaire. Drake lives a life that would make even Indiana Jones jealous, doing things like climbing steep cliffs, getting in epic shootouts, blowing up every vehicle he finds, and kissing the girl (or girls). The release date for the next, and possibly last, game in the series has been creeping back for a while, with the latest delay pushing it to May.

4. Dead Island 2

Original Release Date: 2015
New Release Date: 2016

The original Dead Island was a surprise hit when it launched in 2011. It has taken a few years, but the sequel is now underway. It’s just that the developer needs a little more time than the original 2015 release window to dot the I’s and cross the T’s. If the game can deliver a similar number of rotting corpses to fight with anything resembling a weapon we can get our hands on, it should be worth the wait.

5. Homefront: The Revolution

Original Release Date: 2015
New Release Date: May 17, 2016

This followup to the 2011 game Homefront is an open-world shooter about a North Korean military invasion of the U.S. While its predecessor took place mostly out west, this game puts the action in Korean-occupied Philadelphia. The year is 2029, and the people are getting tired of living in an occupied city. A revolution is brewing. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until May to see if it’s successful.

6. Mass Effect Andromeda

Original Release Date: Fall 2016
New release date: Early 2017

After creating an entire galaxy’s worth of action, adventure, and lore, the team at BioWare isn’t done yet. This installment takes place long after the events of the original trilogy and shifts the setting from our galaxy way out to Andromeda. We don’t know much about it yet other than it marks the return of the Mako, a rugged vehicle used in exploring strange new worlds. If it lives up to the quality of the rest of the series, sci-fi fans are in for a treat, even if they have to wait longer than they would have liked.

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