Some of the games we were most looking forward to in 2015 never arrived, so it's time to check in on the delays and decide if these highly-anticipated titles are still on the right track.
Delays are nothing new to the gaming industry, but the last few years have been victim to even more last minute schedule changes than usual. Although 2015's delays weren't quite as extreme as the now legendary fall of 2014, the year did still come and go without many of the games that the community was looking forward to.
As 2016 arrives, it's a good time to take a look back at the game's that missed their launch window in 2015 and plan to take this year by storm. Some have more hype than ever, while the community is ready to give up on others. Delays are a necessary evil when games are announced long before completion, but when fans start to lose faith because of delays, the Fallout 4 announcement model starts to look much more appealing and successful.
For better or worse, here are biggest games to miss their 2015 deadlines...
No Man's Sky
New Release Date: June 2016
Although No Man's Sky avoided committing to a specific launch date, the original E3 announcement left most of the community expecting the game to arrive in 2015. Like most sites, Game Rant even had the game on our most anticipated 2015 titles list. No Man's Sky still isn't ready to lock in a date, but the game plans to be out in June of this year.
Despite the initial hype around the game, this is one title that the community seems to be starting to shy away from. The initial reveal left gamers' imaginations running wild, but reactions to subsequent gameplay footage haven't been met with quite as much positivity. No Man's Sky still seems like the indie game to beat in 2016, but it will need to have a smooth launch and positive reviews to win back over potential fans who have lost faith during the long wait.
Legend of Zelda Wii U
New Release Date: 2016
The Legend of Zelda Wii U's reveal at E3 2014 is probably Nintendo's most impressive moment in the last three years or so. The footage looked amazing, everyone was surprised, and it was a game Wii U owners have been dreaming about since the console launched. Unfortunately, it's still nowhere close to arriving.
The game has been kept under wraps since the launch and although Nintendo promises it is coming in 2016 and will still be released on the Wii U, it feels a lot like it would be a better launch title for the new NX console. This is one of the most frustrating delays, because there's no doubt that Nintendo fans (many Game Rant writers included) will adore this game when it finally arrives even if they want to be mad. It feels like it should have been here years ago, but Wii U players will just have to kill the time with Smash and Splatoon until this one eventually hits shelves.
New Release Date: March 8, 2016
One nice thing about The Division is that we are close enough to the March 8 release date that it seems incredibly unlikely to shift yet again. The game was originally slated for late 2014 and seems to have been a staple of every E3 for the past three years.
The community seems rather split on whether the delays will help or hurt this title. Although it has certainly had a lot of time to grow and work through the bugs associated with any massive MMO, reactions to early gameplay footage in the last few weeks hasn't been glowing. Players will have a much better idea of what to expect after next week's beta and then we'll be able to predict whether or not the game will be the next Destiny, as early fanatics predicted.
New Release Date: March 18, 2016
It was a little shocking that the PS4 launched without an installment in the iconic action franchise, but the wait seems like it will have been worth it. Uncharted 4 should have arrived in late 2015 and stolen some of the holiday sales, but instead the game was pushed back to March, where it will go up against The Division.
Reactions to the gameplay reveal at E2 2015 were through the roof and fans seem to be desperate to return to the world of Nathan Drake, even if it is a few months later than expected. The game's hype train hasn't slowed down one bit and this one will still be a major console seller for any Sony fans that haven't made the jump to current-gen yet.
Homefront: The Revolution
New Release Date: May 17, 2016
This follow-up to 2011's Homefront has seen a development full of problems, but seems to have finally made it out on the other side. Deep Silver recently confirmed a summer release for the sequel and Xbox One owners can actually participate in a beta as early as next month.
Although a troubled development can often scare fans away, a well-publicized beta often helps fans forget about the trouble that preceded it. As long as fans enjoy the experience during the upcoming Xbox One beta, Homefront: The Revolution should be able to turn things around and become one of the biggest games of the summer.
Dead Island 2
New Release Date: 2016
Dead Island 2 was originally scheduled for release in spring 2015, but this project seems to have been plagued with issues. The developer was upfront about the title's problems when the delay to an unconfirmed date in 2016 was announced and the team explained that the crew just wasn't happy with the project yet. Honesty is a great policy, but that doesn't mean it won't make fans worry.
Unfortunately, Deep Silver went on to remove the dev from the game after the two parties failed to see eye to eye creatively. Things aren't looking good for the project at this point, but we hope that the game surprises us as much as the original did back in 2011. Maybe don't hold your breath for this one though...
Star Fox Zero
New Release Date: Q1 2016
Star Fox Zero's delay was announced shortly after The Legend of Zelda's and the absence of both titles left Wii U players with hardly any new games to play over the 2015 holiday. Unlike the early reveal of The Legend of Zelda Wii U, Star Fox Zero also needs to overcome an early demo that many fans did not react well to.
The first gameplay footage but a lot of focus on the Wii U GamePad and gyroscope tech, but it sounds like most fans were hoping for a more traditional experience that relied less on gimmicks and more on classic gameplay mechanics. Like all Nintendo exclusives, Star Fox Zero will certainly sell well for the Wii U loyal, but it doesn't look like it's going to have the mass appeal to sell any new consoles... Especially with the mysterious NX right around the corner.
Assuming these titles don't get pushed back again, it looks like gamers are in for an awesome year in 2016. The Xbox One and PS4 AAA delays all seem like they will still arrive and sell well, but Nintendo is really the mystery. It's hard not to feel like the company has thrown in the towel on the Wii U and fans are justified in feeling nervous about Zelda and Star Fox until we learn more about the NX and its launch lineup.
Which delayed game are you most excited for? Are there any that you have lost faith in? Let us know in the comments.