Top 5 Games Likely to be Delayed to 2012


Earlier today news broke out that Square Enix was pulling Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s release date and delaying it further into 2011. This got us thinking at PlayStation University as to which five games announced for 2011 may not see the light of day until 2012. Considering the end of 2010 was filled with titles that planned to launch in Q4 of 2010, yet were pushed to Q1 2011, it should come as no surprise that there is a high probability we won’t be seeing all announced titles at the end of 2011 as planned.

As many of you know, one of the most high-profiled and anticipated titles of 2010 was indeed LittleBigPlanet 2. However, after much deliberation, Sony and Media Molecule decided to delay it until January to work out some last minute issues. It should go without saying that studios are going to take a hard look at its titles come Q4 2011 and make a decision whether or not they’re ready to release to the general public.

So, without further delay, these are the five titles we think will seep into 2012 with delay.

Twisted Metal

Twisted Metal is a difficult case to diagnose as not much information has been revealed about the game since its reveal at E3 2010. David Jaffe took the stage at E3 and showed off a title that wasn’t very visually impressive to most in attendance and to most watching at home. Obviously at that early stage of the game’s life there are going to be improvements made, but it was apparent that the game wasn’t ready for public consumption. Furthermore, we’ve yet to hear a solid release date for Twisted Metal other than Fall 2011.

Considering there are a lot of big name titles slated for Fall 2011, it would be hard to imagine Twisted Metal releasing at that time to compete with such heavy contenders. When you see your title lined up with a similar release date to the likely Call of Duty, Gears of War 3 and Uncharted 3, it’s normal to be a bit worried that sales may be impeded due to gamers purchasing the larger named games.

Despite this, Twisted Metal is a household name and could probably hold its own, but its likely that Twisted Metal’s generation has been left behind and it isn’t going to be as well received as Jaffe hopes if released in the Fall of ’11. That is why we believe Twisted Metal will be one of the first games pushed into early 2012.

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 2 has gone Gold and BioWare is pushing out its release in mid-January for the PlayStation 3. That means that a strong amount of the company’s developers have been working on the title over the course of the last few months, which inevitably, takes away developers from Mass Effect 3. ME3 is also being developed on a brand new, updated engine separate from the previous two titles and that should figure in to a lengthier development time.

Like above, Mass Effect 3 has been given a “Holiday 2011” release date with nothing too concrete. However, despite Mass Effect demonstrating that it can be a multi-million seller, it hasn’t demonstrated that it can sell at the same pace or level of that of GeoW or Uncharted. That means it could prove costly to release ME3 in the same window as those two heavy hitters — once again, Call of Duty will come into play as well in this scenario.

While this may sound like an easy reason to dismiss Mass Effect from being a Holiday release, it would make a lot of sense for EA and BioWare to push Mass Effect to release in January like Mass Effect 2 did for both Xbox 360 and a year later on PlayStation 3. Not to mention a lot of gamers will receive Holiday cash gifts and be able to put money down to purchase the game a lot easier at this time as well.

Readers Comments (6)

  1. you should go ahead and add Metal Gear Rising to that list.

  2. All solid assumptions except Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Bethesda has stated that Skyrim has been under development for over two years. Another 11 months should be sufficient to at least get the title to their normal release standards; glitchy, yet tantalizingly fun. After a couple patches it will be up to snuff.

  3. These games will be definitely getting a 2012 release. Especially Elders scrolls, mass effect 3, and the last guardian. They just scream 2012.

  4. Well since Mass Effect 3 is using an update version of the ME2 engine and was already being worked on when ME2 came out i say you’re theory is flawed, it will be out in my eyes and since ME2 was such a hit and did not have as many flaws as ME1, i would say that there are probably more fans of it now and the release date sales should be fine.

    Skyrim will be fine aswell, they’ve been working on this for years.

    The others are pretty likely to be released in 2012 though. We shall see in the coming year(s!).

  5. The Last Guardian has been in development for more than 4 years and with ICO/SOTC Collection confirmed for a 2011 release it would be stupid not to release the third entry in the trilogy that same year.

    The other games on that list are plausible though.

  6. I doubt the new engine plays much into the possible delay of ME3. It’s been confirmed, I believe, that ME2PS3 is being developed on the same engine, which will give the programmers and whatnot the experience they need to be able to work more efficiently when they come back to ME3. I think a Fall/Winter 2011 release isn’t too unlikely. That said, January 2012 is probably just as likely.

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