Two of 2020's biggest games have been delayed 9 months ago

Two of 2020's biggest games have been delayed

We'll have to find something else to fill up those hours and days until they finally arrive.

Well... this is unfortunate.

There is always something of a drought of new games in the first few weeks of every new year, as developers know that most gamers are still playing all the new releases they got off Santy for Christmas.

By our estimates (and tell us we're wrong here if we've overlooked something), the first major release of 2020 isn't until Friday 20 March, when Doom Eternal finally drops.

However, we did have some other big launches to look forward to in the not-too-distant future, and today we've found out that they are both now dropping on the slightly-more-distant-than-we'd-hoped future.

Square Enix have announced that their upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII, initially due to land on the PS4 on Tuesday 3 March, has now been pushed back to Friday 10 April.

Producer Yoshinori Kitase took to their official website to make the following statement: "I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologise to everyone, as I know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer. We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience."

On top of that, Marvel's Avengers (which we had listed on our Most Anticipated Games of 2020 list) has also had its release date pushed back. Originally due to arrive on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Google Stadia on Friday 15 May, it will now arrive on Friday 4 September.

Developers Crystal Dynamics (the folks best known for the Tomb Raider series) took to their website to discuss the delay:

"As fans ourselves, it's an honour and a privilege to work with these legendary characters and we know what these Super Heroes mean to us and True Believers around the world. When we set out to bring you our vision for Marvel's Avengers, we committed to delivering an original story-driven campaign, engaging co-op, and compelling content for years to come. To that end, we will spend this additional development time focusing on fine tuning and polishing the game to the high standards our fans expect and deserve."

This new release date will push it much closer to the arrive of the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles, so don't be too surprised to see Marvel's Avengers arrive on both generations of consoles when it does finally land.

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