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As we get deeper into 2021, a harsh reality is setting in for gamers: Major delays are rampant. In our 2021 predictions, we noted that this was a very real possibility due to the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some of 2020’s releases got shuffled around, those games were largely near the end of their development cycle. The real worry was what the pandemic would mean for games that weren’t quite as far along.

That anxiety is quickly turning into reality. Delays are dropping left and right, as some of the year’s biggest games move further down the line or to next year. That’s leading to a much slimmer release schedule than fans initially expected heading into what was expected to be an exciting year for gaming. Here’s a roundup of all the major video game delays that have happened so far.

Outriders: April 1

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Outriders had a tough time locking down a release date. Originally positioned as one of the big games that would launch alongside next-gen consoles in late 2020, developer People Can Fly quietly pushed it back to February 2. As 2021 got into full gear, the game got delayed once again, this time to April 1. Before the release, players got a demo on February 25 that covered the first few hours of the full game.

Returnal – April 30

Among Sony games, Returnal always seemed like the biggest lock to hit its release date. While Sony was vague about dates for games like Ratchet & Clank: Drift Apart and Horizon Forbidden West, it had been firm on the third-person shooter’s March 19 release date. It had even shown up consistently in sizzle reels over the past few months, which made it seem like it was relatively safe from a delay. Unfortunately, Sony delayed it by a little over a month to April 30 to allow developer Housemarque to polish the game. At this point, this list is starting to look fairly identical to our list of our most anticipated PS5 games.

Humankind – August 17

Humankind

Even games that are just weeks away from launching aren’t safe from potential delays. Just a few weeks before grand strategy game Humankind was supposed to drop, the game was pushed back to August 17. The Civilization-like game’s sudden shift sounds a little more standard than some of the other titles on this list. Developer Amplitude Studios simply notes that it’s taking more time to respond to player feedback from a recent test. It’ll take an extra few months to work on features like accessibility, A.I., and pacing.

New World – August 31

New World

Not even Amazon is immune from the current game delay wave, though that may have less to do with COVID-19 than it does for other games on this list. The company has been trying to break into gaming for quite some time now, with weak results. Its free-to-play multiplayer game Crucible had a particular rocky life span after it was put back into beta and then outright canceled. Amazon’s next game, New World, is having similar problems. Originally scheduled to launch this spring, the game has now been pushed back to August 31. Amazon says the decision was made in order to ensure the game had a proper endgame when it launched, so it’s likely the studio is trying to avoid the same pitfalls games that Marvel’s Avengers hit at launch. A closed beta for the game is now scheduled to open on July 20.

Resident Evil Re:Verse – Summer 2021

RE: Verse

Miraculously, Resident Evil Village looks like it’ll make it to its planned May 7 release date with no delay. That’s an increasingly rare feat among big studio productions this year. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Resident Evil Re:Verse. The multiplayer game was supposed to launch the same day as Village, but now it’s been pushed back to a vague summer 2021 window. The decision came shortly after the game’s first beta, which was full of matchmaking issues. Capcom did not cite a reason for the delay.

Deathloop: September 14

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It’s been a long road to Deathloop. When Arkane Studios announced its stylist first-person shooter, it seemed like it was primed to launch with the PS5. The game was eventually moved out of 2020 and scheduled for a Q1 2021 launch. That quietly became a May 21 launch day. Now, it’s getting pushed back even further, with Arkane citing the health and safety of its team as a primary reason for the delay. Deathloop will now launch on September 14, 10 months after the PS5’s launch last November.

Back 4 Blood: October 12

There’s some good news and bad news for Back 4 Blood. Let’s start with the bad. The Left 4 Dead spiritual successor was supposed to launch this summer, but it has been delayed to October 12. No specific reason was cited for the move outside of the usual “need more time” note. The good news is that the multiplayer game will get an open beta this summer. So, fortunately, players will still get a chance to play it around the time the full game was supposed to launch.

Axiom Verge 2 – third quarter of 2021

An ice monster in Axiom Verge 2.

Axiom Verge 2 is set to be one of this year’s biggest indie titles. The Metroidvania-style game is a long-anticipated sequel to a beloved 2015 classic. It’s such a hot commodity that Epic snatched it up as a PC exclusive via the Epic Games Store. However, its release date has been a little wishy-washy. It was initially supposed to launch in 2020 before being pushed to the first half of 2021. Now it’s been delayed again, to the third quarter of 2021. No exact date was given, so we’re still no closer to knowing when it’ll land.

Halo Infinite: Fall 2021

While it was originally scheduled for a 2020 launch alongside the Xbox Series X debut, Microsoft delayed Halo Infinite indefinitely. We now know that the company is planning for a fall 2021 launch, putting it a full year out from its original release plan. Like many games on this list, it’s not fully clear if the pandemic has been a key factor in Halo’s delay. While companies like Ubisoft have been transparent about the struggles of work from home, others are a bit more tight-lipped about why the schedule shakeups are happening. Whatever the case may be, Halo Infinite’s delay is the most significant to occur yet.

Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach – Late 2021

Five Nights at Freddy's Security Breach

For fans of the Five Nights at Freddy’s series, the road to the upcoming Security Breach has been a long one. The horror game was originally supposed to launch in late 2020, but it was quietly pushed to early 2021. Four months into the year and we hadn’t heard a peep about a release date. Now creator Scott Cawthorn has confirmed that the game is moving to late 2021, putting it a full year out from its original launch window. Cawthorn notes that the game’s scale has ballooned during the development process and it requires more time and money to complete.

Riders Republic: TBA 2021

Riders Republic

Following Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake’s delay, Riders Republic was the sole Ubisoft game that had yet to be pushed back in some form. Unfortunately, that didn’t last long. Originally scheduled for a February release, the game was pushed back to “later this year,” with no specific time frame attached. Ubisoft has not shared new details on the game since it was first announced during a Ubisoft Forward stream in September.

Gotham Knights: 2022

Gotham Knights was originally scheduled to launch sometime in 2021, but many fans predicted that a delay was inevitable. So it’s not surprising that the next big Batman game has been pushed to 2022. Warner Bros. casually announced the game’s new launch window with a generic message about giving the game more development time. At this point, it’s more shocking when major studio games release on time, rather than when they don’t.

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen: 2022

Last summer, Bungie announced an ambitious and thorough plan for the next few years of Destiny 2. The developer planned to drop three major expansions, one each year until 2022, starting with 2020’s Beyond Light. This year, the plan was to continue that expansion’s story with The Witch Queen, but now those plans are changing. Bungie has delayed the expansion to the first half of 2022 due to the coronavirus and the game’s scale, meaning players won’t get a major Destiny 2 expansion this year. Bungie did not mention whether 2022’s Lightfall expansion would also shift as part of the schedule change.

Gran Turismo 7: 2022

Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo 7 getting delayed is both surprising and entirely obvious at once. Sony seemed pretty confident that the game would not only launch in 2021 but in the first half of the year. Considering that anticipated release window, it seemed like the game was likely in good shape and would launch by the end of the year, even with a delay. However, Sony has been entirely silent on the game, signaling that something was off. In an interview with GQ, Sony confirmed that the game was undergoing “COVID-related production challenges” and would now launch in 2022. With that big delay, it now looks like only three major Sony first-party releases will come out in 2021 … and that’s only if Horizon Forbidden West still drops in 2021 as planned.

Hogwarts Legacy: 2022

Hogwarts Legacy was set to be one of 2021’s biggest power players. The open-world Harry Potter game was first shown during a PlayStation 5 livestream, signaling that it would be a next-gen game to watch. Unfortunately, the title has been pushed back a full year to 2022. Warner Bros. hasn’t clarified how deep into 2022 the game is expected to launch, so next year is already looking like as much of a mystery as this year.

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum: 2022

Lord of the Rings Gollum

Back when new console talk was first making the rounds in 2019, Lord of the Rings: Gollum was one of the first games to be confirmed for next-gen. The somewhat mysterious game originally seemed like it was on track to be a PS5 or Xbox Series X launch title, but that never panned out. In fact, details about the game have been sparse since its announcement and all we’ve known is that it was supposed to come out sometime in 2021. Now, the game has been delayed to sometime in 2022 following a new publishing deal between Nacon and Daedalic Entertainment.

Pragmata: 2023

Pragmata was tentatively scheduled to come out in 2022, but it’s worth mentioning here because it highlights how long-term the industry’s problems might be. According to a Sony video reel dropped during CES, Capcom’s mysterious sci-fi game has been pushed back to 2023. Since the video came out, Sony has since released a new version that scrubs the game out of the fine print, along with all other third-party games.

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga: TBA

LEGO Star Wars Skywalker

Even Lego isn’t safe from delays. With the game calendar clearing out, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was shaping up to be one of the more delightful releases this spring. It never got a firm release date though, which started looking like a red flag the deeper we got into March. TT Games announced that the game would no longer make its spring window and were moving the game. No new release window was given. The post doesn’t even say if it’s expected for 2021 at all anymore. TT Games says it will update fans “as soon as possible.”

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake: TBA

Prince of Persia Remake

Ubisoft is a recurring name on this list. Even before 2021, the company started making significant changes to its plans. Far Cry 6, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition were all moved out of their 2020 launch windows, signaling that more titles could follow. As far as planned 2021 releases go, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake was the first to move. Originally slated for a January 20 release, the remake was shifted a few months to March 18. Now, Ubisoft has announced that the game is delayed indefinitely. A February 5 tweet updating fans on the game’s progress now simply says it’s coming out “at a later date.” Oddly, 2021 isn’t mentioned at all, which could mean a much bigger shift than anticipated is happening.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2: TBA

Vampire Masquerade 2

This is the roughest delay story of the year so far. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has been delayed indefinitely after it was scheduled to launch in 2021. Why? Because the game’s lead developer, Hardsuit Labs, has been fired. Publisher Paradox Interactive confirmed that the game is still in development, but that it would be going in a different direction moving forward. On top of replacing the game’s developer, Paradox has canceled all pre-orders for the game entirely. The game was already delayed once after it was scheduled to release in 2020, so the latest move certainly makes the situation behind the scenes sound a bit dire.

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Amazon’s best MacBook Pro deals of 2021 are available right now

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Are you looking for the fastest and most responsive experience possible on a laptop computer? You don’t need to spend a small fortune on a custom gaming machine with a gazillion gigabits of RAM. All you need is a new Apple notebook with Apple’s incredible M1 chip. And prices actually start much lower than you might think! That’s especially true for Apple’s Pro-grade M1 laptop. As a matter of fact, Amazon’s best MacBook Pro deals of 2021 are happening right now!

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The latest-generation M1 MacBook Air is Apple’s most affordable laptop you can get with the new M1 chipset. As if you don’t already know, Apple’s M1 is the SoC that’s making all kinds of waves right now. This entry-level Apple laptop is still powerful enough to computer crush rival Windows laptops that cost twice as much. And that’s especially true while Amazon is discounting the MacBook Air by up to $150.

Best MacBook Pro deals

Apple’s new Air laptop is lightning-fast indeed, but there’s another M1-powered Apple notebook that’s even more powerful. If you want the best of the best, you’re likely eying a brand new Apple M1 MacBook Pro instead of the Air. If that’s the case, we have some fantastic news: Now is the time to pull the trigger because Amazon is offering all-time low prices on both the 256GB model and the 512GB version, with $200 discounts on either size!

Searching for the fastest and most powerful Apple computers ever made? You now have four models to choose from. The new Mac mini is one, plus the new MacBook Air, and 13-inch MacBook Pro. And now, the new M1 iMac has finally been released (plus, it’s $50 off at Amazon!). These computers are all insanely powerful, and they’re all very new to Apple’s lineup. Despite how new they are though, Amazon already has some remarkably deep discounts.

Apple’s new Mac mini is the only M1-powered desktop that isn’t an all-in-one model. It’s so affordable, especially considering the fact that it crushes Windows PCs that cost twice as much. The same can be said of the MacBook Air, which is also on sale with discounts up to $150. But it should go without saying that the most exciting new M1-powered computer is the M1 MacBook Pro. And Amazon just slashed this incredible laptop to its lowest price ever.

The M1 MacBook Pro was between $50 and $60 off ahead of the holidays last year. Procrastination doesn’t often off, but this time around you’ll be very glad that you missed those deals. Head over to Amazon today and you’ll find that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256GB of SSD storage is $200 off. And if you want to bump your storage space up to 512GB you’ll still save a whopping $200!

Both of those deals are all-time low prices for Apple’s new M1 MacBook Pro models. But the bad news is we have no idea how much longer Amazon’s awesome sale will last. In other words, hurry up or you could miss out!


M1 MacBook Pro

  • Apple’s M1 chip is a revolution in the personal computing space, offering unrivaled CPU and GPU performance
  • Instant wake means no more waiting for your laptop to load
  • The 8-core CPU delivers up to 2.8x faster performance, while the 8-core GPU brings up to 5x faster graphics
  • The M1 is also Apple’s most efficient chipset ever, enabling up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • The dedicated 16-core Neural Engine enables advanced machine learning capabilities
  • There has never been anything like this before on comparable notebook computers

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M1 MacBook Air

  • Powered by Apple’s M1 chip, the first M series chip designed entirely by Apple to optimize performance and efficiency
  • Apple’s 8-core CPU delivers up to 2.8x faster performance and the 8-core GPU powers up to 5x faster graphics
  • Up to 18 hours of battery life on a single charge — leave your bulky power supply at home
  • Instant wake enabled by the M1 means your MacBook is ready to go as soon as you open it

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HBO Max free episodes are available right now to anyone

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Over the last few years, the number of streaming services on the market has increased at an alarming pace. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock, Paramount+, Disney+, HBO Max, and more are all competing for your time and money. But there are only so many hours in a day and dollars in our bank accounts. It’s a fierce competition, which is why every service is constantly finding new ways to reel in subscribers. To that point, HBO announced this week that episodes from some of the biggest shows on HBO Max will be free to watch for non-subscribers.

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If you’re curious about the HBO Max library, this is a great way to get a sneak peek before spending any money. HBO says the collection will initially include 13 episodes of HBO and Max Originals. New titles will rotate in and out of the collection periodically. Here are all of the pilot episodes that HBO says you can watch for free without a subscription:

With that said, when I visit the HBO Max free episodes hub, I see far more than what is listed above. Beyond those shows, I also see The Nevers, Mare of Easttown, The Undoing, Insecure, I May Destroy You, and Gossip Girl, to name a few. Perhaps those were already part of a separate promotion.

How to watch HBO Max free episodes

There are a number of ways to watch the free episodes on HBO Max. In addition to clicking on the link above in your browser, you can also access the free episodes on all of HBO Max’s device partners. This includes Fire TV, Android TV, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, LG, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung, and Xbox. Basically, if you have the app, you can watch the free episodes.

Signing up for HBO Max

If the company’s gambit works, these free episodes might convince you to subscribe to HBO Max. If you’re a movie buff, you might want to take advantage of the ad-free tier for $14.99 a month. For the rest of the year, Warner Bros. Pictures movies will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously. If you’re not interested in watching The Matrix 4 or Dune at home, you might prefer the cheaper tier, which costs $9.99 a month, but includes ads.

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Windows 365 trials are now locked because everyone’s swarming to try it

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Microsoft brought Windows 10 to the iPad a few weeks ago, in what seemed like an extraordinary feat. However, you don’t actually get to install Windows on the iPad, and Apple will never allow that. But you can run the full Windows 10 experience on any internet-connected device that supports an internet browser. That’s because Windows 365 runs in the cloud, allowing businesses to offer their customers virtual Cloud PCs. Admins can customize these cloud computers in real-time, offering the kind of upgrades and downgrades that aren’t possible with real computers. Microsoft made Windows 365 available to businesses earlier this week, and it didn’t take long for the new Windows experience to sell out. Microsoft confirmed as much on social media, noting that the Windows 365 trial is locked for the time being.

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It might seem impossible for a cloud service to sell out, but Microsoft ran out of cloud capacity to meet the massive demand. Brand new devices routinely sell out as companies hurry to mass-produce more units. But with a device in the cloud, the buyer doesn’t interact with a physical device. Microsoft could theoretically offer infinite Windows 365 virtual computers. But, in practice, that’s impossible.

Microsoft needs to have the cloud infrastructure in place to support all these concurrent Windows 365 sessions. And the company has run out of capacity less than two days after making Windows 365 available to businesses.

How Windows 365 works

Users added to a Windows 365 trial subscription will consume the virtual PC resources allotted to them. Admins can configure only certain key aspects of a Cloud PC, including CPU, RAM, and storage. They can add and remove resources as needed. They can remove people as well.

That’s a great type of Windows product that some businesses might find very useful. Rather than buying and maintaining new hardware for employees, some companies might want to deploy fleets of virtual Cloud PCs. Each employee gets their unique Cloud PC that’s hooked up to fast internet. And they can access their Windows 365 PC from any device that can connect to the internet. Hence, running the full Windows 10 experience on iPad is now possible.

Best of all, the user’s hardware will not impact Windows 365 performance. The Cloud PC experience is streamed to any internet-connected device. It’s the internet connection that matters here, not how powerful the user’s personal computer is.

Microsoft paused the trial

Microsoft did not disclose full pricing details for Windows 365 in mid-July when it announced the service. But the company opened the trial on August 3rd, revealing that Cloud PC rentals start at $20 per user per month. The cheapest Cloud PC features one CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The price goes up to $24 per month if you don’t own a Windows 10 Professional license.

That’s a great starting price, but it’s only available to businesses. Regular users who dream of a full-fledged Windows PC in the cloud can’t get on Windows 365. The best part of the service is that businesses get to try it for free for two months. That helps explain why Microsoft sold out all its Windows 365 trial “units.”

Microsoft confirmed everything on Twitter. Businesses that weren’t sure whether or not to get on the Windows 365 trial a few days ago will now have to wait. They can sign up to be notified when cloud resources become available.

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