Once upon a time, the games of 2014 became the games of 2015, and we’ve played some awesome games so far this year because of that. Similarly, many games of 2015 are quickly becoming the games of 2016. Nobody likes to wait, but sometimes it’s absolutely worth it. These are the games that have been delayed to the next year that no one is complaining about.
I’m not sure what the coolest thing about Cuphead is. The look and style is inspired by cartoons from the early 1900s (including Disney). The game itself is a series of boss fights through which the player battles with infinite lives. Developer Studio MDHR, made up of brothers Jared and Chad Moldenhauer, plans to break the Guiness World Record for having the most bosses in a game by reaching 30 (the current record for a run and gun game stands at 25) and it will only grow as more and more bosses are planned to be added post-release. Originally scheduled for a release on Xbox One and PC in 2015, the studio said this regarding the delay to 2016: “This Cuphead is so much better.”
I have the utmost faith in Naughty Dog, which is why if they delay a game, I shake it off and know there has to be a good reason. After all, the studio delayed The Last of Us just over six weeks past its original release date, allowing for cleaning and polishing, which ultimately translated to a tremendous game and experience. Naughty Dog knows what must be done to make their titles go from decent to outstanding, and I don’t spend a single day worrying about Nathan Drake’s last hurrah.
Legend of Zelda Wii U
What many expect to be the Wii U’s swan song, Legend of Zelda Wii U still remains a mysterious title to this day. Having only been teased through a few demos, the title has been described as “open-world” and “Zelda Skyrim,” and while how close the game actually ends up to these accusations is clearly still up in the air, Nintendo never releases a Zelda game without polish and precision. Not unlike Naughty Dog, I always trust their reasons for pushing back a title. Many of us dream of a giant open Hyrule to explore, and if Nintendo brings just that, let them have all the time they want.
Quantum Break is a title I feel like I know little about, but each teaser and gameplay video reminds me just how interesting this time-manipulating shooter is. The ability to shift time is a refreshing take on the third person shooter genre (and I’m basically a sucker for anything with time travel). But having been delayed multiple times before landing into 2016, the title is expected to be adequately polished upon release and I’m looking forward to experiencing it fully when it lands on Xbox One.
The Last Guardian
Finally, the mother of all delays – The Last Guardian. Re-revealed at Sony’s E3 press conference last month, very little still seems to be known about the details of gameplay and story, but the beauty of this game is the track record of the developer behind the title – Team Ico. Creators of arguably two of the finest PS2 games, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, I would bet The Last Guardian will be worth the wait no matter what point in 2016 it arrives.