A Selection of Highly Anticipated Video Game Releases Which Didn’t Go to Plan

These releases definitely did not go over well.
By Savannah Moss
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Twitter’s population has a tendency to react to almost anything these days. In fact, given the social media age we now live in, a range of popular platforms are the first places people tend to share their views in 2022. Whether it’s a disappointing new Netflix series or a shoddy movie trailer, these types of services house a range of different opinions. 

Alongside sparking debate on various new shows or movies, people focus on gaming releases too. Over the years, there have been some spectacular failures that have understandably left many gamers with more questions than answers. Of course, not everything is negative on social media, but the bad products do tend to hog the limelight.

The sheer amount of games available in the overall genre is vast, too, leaving gamers with plenty to cast their eyes over. The used games market is huge too, with companies like The Old School Game Vault selling recent and vintage games. For instance, new Pokemon-themed releases such as Pokémon Legends: Arceus are highly-anticipated and will face scrutiny, likewise, casino gamers will be hoping for more improved products along the lines of the Adventures of Doubloon Island slot will be coming their way. It’s certainly a category of entertainment with a discerning audience. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some video game releases which didn’t go to plan.

WWE 2K20 (2019)

Fans of wrestling couldn’t wait to sample in 2019, WWE 2K20 is still suffering from some of its failings even to this day. For starters, the game is littered with bugs which led to some truly terrifying characters being created and some rather odd movements from specific wrestlers. Overall, the game was hugely buggy and incredibly glitchy, therefore hindering any gaming experience in the process. Even Sony had to offer refunds to players who purchased the game. 

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2014)

Despite improving since its release, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is impossible to ignore. For starters, when the game was released in 2014, people immediately noticed the disturbingly glitchy multiplayer aspects of it, while also feeling incredibly let down by the online gameplay, which simply didn’t work due to the game’s servers not being able to locate any matches. With the release evidently not going to plan, developers of the game, 343 Industries, issued an apology and eventually made up for its humongous selection of errors. Still, it hasn’t been forgotten. 

Cyberpunk 2077 (2020)

A game that promised a lot but delivered very little, Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most broken products of the last few years. Following its release, the game was recalled and stores had to stop selling it due to just how broken it was. The makers of the game, CD Projekt, even stopped people from showing footage of the game on YouTube until they’d manage to fix what was ultimately a massive disaster.

Even Sony removed it from the PlayStation Store, too. To top it all off, the game’s developers then faced a range of class-action lawsuits, which harmed its name in the industry and put many gamers off from purchasing any future releases. 

No Man’s Sky (2016)

After generating a huge amount of hype, No Man’s Sky failed to deliver in 2016. A highly anticipated release, Hello Games failed to back up its promises and instead created nothing more than a boring product that offered very little to its players. The open-world map is extensive, but other than that the game flopped hugely and left many people wondering what all the initial fuss was about. 


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Other failed releases include Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (2017), Alien: Colonial Marines (2013), Fallout 76 (2018), Haze (2008), and Sim City (2013).