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Top 10 Delayed Games of 2023: What to Expect in 2024 - WHMP
Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Top 10 Delayed Games of 2023: What to Expect in 2024

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Introduction

Today we’re talking about some delayed games from 2023. You know, the old Shigeru Miyamoto meme or quote, “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” No, forget that. We’re onto a new quote from Gabe Newell from Valve himself. This guy takes it a step further and says, and I quote, “late is just for a little while, suck is forever.” And ain’t that the truth? So today we’re talking about 10 games delayed to 2024.

Game #10: Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League

Starting off at number 10, let’s kick off a pretty obvious one. It’s “Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.” This is Rocksteady Games’ long awaited follow-up to the Batman Arkham games. Obviously things kind of wrapped up with “Batman: Arkham Knight,” but they’re bringing the universe to a whole new location of Metropolis focused around different characters. Obviously this time the Suicide Squad and the Justice League under Brainiac’s Control. There’s a lot of potential there. There’s also a lot of gameplay questions in terms of how does this game go down as a live service type game. But from what they’ve shown, it seems like it can potentially be a really fun single player or cooperative third person kind of running gun shooter melee thing. It definitely doesn’t look like it plays like the Batman Arkham games, but it looks a lot crazier and it’s got some ambition and oh boy, this one has been delayed a lot. Not only was this one this year delayed to February 2nd, 2024, that’s the current release date, but this game initially had a 2022 launch window and then later on that was pushed to 2023. But now it seems like finally we’re gonna see it in February, 2024. Crazier things have happened, games can still get delayed, but maybe now we’ll finally be able to play as Harley Quinn and maybe fight Rocksteady Arkham universe’s version of Superman. I don’t know really what to expect from this game to be honest, but we hope it’s good and we hope we finally see it get its time in the sun in 2024.

Game #9: Alone in the Dark Reboot

Next, over at number nine, we have the “Alone in the Dark” reboot. I personally was actually pretty interested in this one. It could have went either way frankly, but this was like a THQ Nordic backed seemingly decent budget new “Alone in the Dark” game. It takes the classic original game with Edward Carnby in the haunted Louisiana mansion and stuff and turns it into a big third person action survival horror game. It looks very much like in the same vein of a “Resident Evil: 2” remake or something like that. And the two leads are played by famous actors, Jody Comer and David Harbour, which David Harbour actually seems to be on record as a gamer. So I don’t… Maybe that’ll translate over to his performance, I don’t know. But I was curious to see how this one really shook out and it had a great release date October 25th, which was absolutely perfect for the horror game Halloween season. But the publisher THQ Nordic also realized that that was a jam packed month filled with a ton of kick-ass games releasing. And so with that, the publisher developer decided to push “Alone in the Dark” to January 16th, 2024. They said it wasn’t a delay because of like finishing the game or technical problems or anything like that. It was all about the release date. It was smack in the middle of “Alan Wake: 2,” “Cities: Skylines: 2,” “Spider-Man: 2” following up like “Assassin’s Creed: Mirage” right there, “Lords of the Fallen,” and “Ghost Runner: 2,” it goes on and on. “Alone in the Dark” really just wouldn’t have fit in that month. I know I wouldn’t have had a minute to play it, so thankfully now we’ll be checking it out in January. I really hope this one is good ’cause I just like third person survival horror games and for the “Alone in the Dark” franchise to have a big comeback, that will be great. I think that would be a win-win. So for now, we’ll just keep our fingers crossed.

Game #8: Skull & Bones

Next up at number eight we have “Skull & Bones.” Ubisoft’s next pirate game has been in the works for a long time. According to GameSpot, in October during Ubisoft’s earnings briefing, they announced that Scarlet Bones is delayed again and will now launch during the company’s Q4 2023, 2024. So in layman’s terms, that’ll be between January and March of 2024. This is the newest delay, technically. Before this, it was scheduled for fiscal year 2024, which technically meant it could squeak in before 2024. But now Ubisoft has confirmed that 2024 might finally be the year. And I say might finally because “Skull & Bones” has been in the works for so long. This weird little multiplayer pirate game that we still don’t even totally know what the deal is, started development in 2013, it was actually officially revealed in 2017 and the plan was for it to be released in 2018 and then 2019 and then 2021 and then so on and so forth. We’re hoping this game finally sees the light of day just because like our stance here is that we like pirate video games and there aren’t enough of them. So if this one turns out to release finally and actually be pretty good, it’s a win. If not, then maybe it’s another stinker for Ubisoft. I mean, God knows how long and how much time and money they spent on this thing. I don’t know if it can live up to Ubisoft’s corporate expectations, but hopefully they release a decent game. So like I said, that remains to be seen, but as of right now, it seems like 2024 might finally be the year, but I’ll believe it when I see it with this one at this point.

Game #7: Persona 6

Next over at number seven we have “Persona 6,” which never really got like technically delayed. This one’s a little bit more complicated, a little less public facing, but “Persona 6” was actually confirmed to be in development by creators Atlus back in the summer of 2021. Since that, we haven’t really heard much from it other than rumors and speculation where a lot of people thought this would be the year. There was an insider rumor on some forums that had gotten some things right around Atlus in the past that said “Persona 6” has potentially been delayed past 2023. And then along with that content creator, YouTuber NateTheHate, also, someone who’d sometimes gets some scoops right said that “Persona 6” is now 2024. Again, this is a simple one, it’s a lot of rumors and speculation and stuff we’ll link into description down below. Don’t know too much what’s really going on yet, but some people were stoked for 2023 and it really seems like it’s 2024 because we haven’t heard a single thing. So technically, yeah, but let’s move on.

Game #6: Destiny 2, The Final Shape

Next over at number six we have “Destiny 2, The Final Shape.” This is the big like climactic expansion for “Destiny 2” with like this big conclusion with the bad guy, the witness and everything that this game has been building to for a couple of years now, This one actually was already expected to be in 2024, like it was slated for February, but now it’s been pushed to summer 2024. Some of this comes off of the heels of the news of Bungie laying off a substantial portion of their development studio. They’ve also delayed that other game they were working on, “Marathon.” So there’s been some speculation that trouble has been brewing there, but it does seem like Bungee is at least trying to really get things right with this final expansion. And so according to Bloomberg, June of 2024 is when we’re gonna see The Final Shape finally take place. I can’t speculate as a non Destiny fan like what this thing will bring, or what people will really want from it, but with Destiny 2, with Bungie, just being a unique games as a service type model and developer that has actually gotten it right, the entire industry is definitely going to be watching this one for sure.

Game #5: Flintlock

Next, over at number five we have a game called “Flintlock.” This is that kind of Souls-like fantasy action RPG thing that had a pretty heavy showcase during an Xbox game presentation. This was by the developers that made “Ashen,” a game that released to, you know, mixed opinions, but it was kind of like a co-op, RPG adventure with a unique vibe. “Flintlock” seems to be going in a different direction ’cause this just looks video game as hell. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but it’s like you’re a magical girl with pyro weapons, fighting giant crabs and creatures and sometimes you have a magical ax and cool weapons. I don’t know, there’s something here. The combat does look pretty compelling, but ultimately I’ll admit I did kind of forget about it or I forgot what it was called after it was announced and shown off. “Flintlock” was intended and expected for an early 2023 arrival, but we haven’t seen it. And now the developers A44 games said that the game is now launching in 2024. Their quote is, “it’s important to our whole team that Flintlock is a special experience and we owe it to ourselves and to all of you who have been following the game since we announced it to make it the most impressive and unforgettable it can be.” And again, that goes back to me saying that I kind of forgot what the game was, but it does have a unique spin of kind of like magic and gunpowder combined into this fantasy RPG adventure. So they can do something with that for sure, especially if they have more time to work on it. And again, 2023 was a crowded year, so we’ll wait for “Flintlock.” It could be something.

Game #4: ARC 2

Next, at number four we have “ARC 2.” This is the follow-up to, of course, the massive mega hit “ARC: Survival Evolved,” one of the most popular mainstream survival games. You can get it on basically any platform and it’s just a weird, crazy survival game. Well, people were really looking forward to the follow-up. It was announced a few years back, Vin Diesel is gonna be in the game. We haven’t really found out too much about it since, but the developers have been hard at work on it and it was expected to be 2023, but now it has been delayed to 2024. Now, according to an official statement provided by the developers, apparently a big cause for the delay is some of their struggles with switching the game over to Unreal Engine 5, Unreal Engine 5, of course, as a lot of you guys probably know, is an advanced tool set that game makers use to build games. It’s got a lot of new shiny fancy technology with it that undoubtedly makes things more complicated, but ultimately results in some better looking games. The developer said, and I quote, “as we learn more about the engine and develop the sequel, we have adapted our workflows and adjusted our pipelines to accommodate this new next generation paradigm. And because of everything that involves, we need more time for development.” I think if there’s any game out there that can afford a development time right now, it’s “ARC 2” considering again the big hit of the original game and the fact that they released a kind of next generation version of the game not too long ago called “ARC: Survival Ascended.” So you can keep yourself busy on PC still, but also now PS5 and the Xbox Series X and S consoles if you’re just dying for the next ARC game and you just want to kill dinosaurs and play with your poop and make weird men. I don’t know, I’ve only… Everything I know of ARC, I know from watching YouTube let’s play videos and Twitch streams and it is a strange game. I’m curious to see if “ARC 2” can continue that strangeness. Thankfully, maybe we’ll find out in 2024.

Game #3: Pragmata

Next down at number three we have “Pragmata.” This is a Capcom game where there wasn’t too much known about it. A lot of people were kind of dubbing it Capcom’s, “Death Stranding.” It had beautiful art and design and aesthetics and strange sci-fi elements, but nobody could really pin down quite what it was because Capcom didn’t really say too much. We knew it was a sci-fi third person game and that was really it. Well, during a kind of Capcom showcase presentation thing last June, the developer showed off a little bit of the game but then delayed it indefinitely. They did it in a pretty charming and interesting way by showing a little piece of paper in game that had the release year of 2022 scratched out and then it had the year of 2023 also scribbled out. And then a big question mark with somebody writing a little note that says, “very sorry” with a sad face. I mean that’s one way to do it in a very cutesy way, but I don’t know if it was like development during Covid or ambition, something about this game is taking them a lot longer. Maybe they’re still trying to figure out what it is. Who knows? I just wanna know what the deal is with this one. But it seems like we’re gonna be definitely waiting till at least 2024 before we hear something about it and then it may not even release in 2024.

Game #2: Homeworld 3

Next, over at number two, much to some people’s dismay, the massive space RTS, “Homeworld 3” has been delayed to 2024. In case you missed this one, this happened back in the summer where in an FAQ, the developers, Blackbirds, said that they’re really trying to live up to the pressure and like just the awesomeness of the previous games. And they said, and I quote, “this work takes time, especially when we are raising the bar on what players will experience in the Homeworld universe.” “Homeworld 3” was originally intended for the first half of 2023, but now it’s pushed to February, 2024, specifically so, and I quote, “that we deliver the quality experience that fans deserve.” It’s been a really long time since a proper numbered new “Homeworld” game. Fans have been waiting for a really long time for this. So you know, a couple more months pushing into next year, I don’t think it’s gonna kill them. Hopefully when it releases the game will keep them busy for years to come after that.

Game #1: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl

Now down to number one, we have “S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl,” where during Gamescom of this year, the developers, GSC Game World did announce officially that they’re delaying it to 2024. It is now expected to launch in the first quarter of 2024, and that feels like a more solid bet because you can pre-order. That doesn’t always mean it’s a done deal of course, but there is that. But this comes after a bunch of delays, specifically ’cause the developers are primarily based in Ukraine. They’ve been pretty forefront in documenting their struggles in terms of them being forced to relocate and dealing with the conflict. But seemingly they’ve had their heads down and they’re focusing on making a great game no matter what tries to get in their way. And that’s admirable, especially considering like with some of the newer videos and trailers they put out, “S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2” looks absolutely incredible. I’ve been saying with this one take all the time you need obviously for the struggles. But of course, just to make it awesome, we’ve waited a long time for a new stalker game and it’s hard to live up to those original games just like that unique PC pedigree that they really had. So again, taking the time they need is great. And thankfully it’s shaping up to be pretty awesome. And hopefully we really finally see it now in, like I said, the first quarter of 2024.

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