Delays are inevitable in the gaming industry. While this sometimes upsets players, it's a necessary reality because a lot of work goes into game development, and it forces the choice of a compromised release or a slightly disappointing delay. October 24 is an interesting day, however, as not only 1 or 2 major games received delays, but 5 of the most anticipated games of 2020 have been pushed back, including The Last of Us 2.
In most cases, this is done to give the team behind them more time to make sure the game launches at the best time and to its best quality. In other words, while many may hate having to wait just a little longer, it will hopefully result in a better game at launch.
The Last of Us 2
Shortly after rumors began to circulate online, The Last of Us 2 director Neil Druckmann came forth and announced the delay. Considering its February 21 release date was just announced last month, this may have left a bad taste in some mouths, but Druckmann promises that it will be worth the wait and explains that the team just needed more time to ensure that it hit "Naughty Dog Quality." The Last of Us 2 will now release on May 29, 2020, which is just a small three month wait.
Ghost of Tsushima
Ghost of Tsushima's delay is a little different in that its it is entirely dependent upon The Last of Us 2's. Reports indicate that, because of the aforementioned delay, Ghost of Tsushima was delayed further into 2020 to give the two big PS4 exclusives some breathing room, as it was supposed to launch sometime in early 2020 after TLOU 2. It's also worth mentioning that it did not yet have an official release date, so this may not be a traditional delay. There's a possibility that the reports are wrong, but there's a high chance that they aren't. As of right now, Ghost of Tsushima does not have an official release date.
Watch Dogs Legion
When Watch Dogs Legion was unveiled and it was revealed that there were several playable characters such as the granny assassin, it was a big deal for the franchise. Watch Dogs 2 wasn't everyone's cup of tea, but this showed real promise. Shortly after Sony's delays were revealed, Ubisoft followed up with several delays of its own, including for Watch Dogs Legion. Ubisoft essentially explained that it was due to recent under-performances such as Breakpoint, which could have been caused by too many games releasing too closely together, so it chose to delay three games into the next fiscal year.
Sadly, exactly dates were not provided. Watch Dogs Legion and its unique gameplay was originally slated to release March 6, 2020, but now it could release anytime between April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. While it seems likely that it will release in the earlier part of that fiscal year, an exact release date has not been confirmed.
Rainbow Six Quarantine
Fans of the Rainbow Six franchise may have been excited when Quarantine, a new 3-player co-op horror experience, was announced at E3 2019. Many even considered it one of the best horror games of E3 2019, despite very little currently being known about the title. Its release date hadn't even been officially announced yet, but it was slated to release earlier in the year. Now, it also falls in the broad spectrum of any time between April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021.
Gods & Monsters
Developed by the team behind Assasin's Creed Odyssey, Gods & Monsters is Ubisoft's answer to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game that greatly influences this one. Set on the Isle of the Blessed, Gods & Monsters is an open-world action-adventure game complete with unique trials and puzzles, dungeons to explore, and legendary quests to undertake. It was originally supposed to release first, on February 25, 2020, but it has also been pushed back. It seems likely that this will release first in the new schedule, but there will likely be more distance between it and Watch Dogs Legion. That said, until Ubisoft confirms the new release dates, there's no way of knowing when Gods & Monsters will drop.
When it comes to waiting just a little longer for these games, it's best to remember the words of Shigeru Miyamoto: "A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad." Hopefully, that proves to be the case for each of these games.