Forever Delayed: the 10 Xbox One and PS4 games we won't see this year

Mad Max

Mad Max

Planned release: 2014, at some point

Actual release date: 2015, at some point

What's the excuse? Max don't need no excuse

Think of a good vehicle combat game. Got one? There's a good chance it was released a decade or more ago, because they don't come around very often.

Could Mad Max be the next one? Who knows, stranger things have happened.

All we've seen so far of Mad Max are a couple of teaser videos showing a pretty predictable kind of vehicular carnage – wheels and explosions. Even the release dates suggested so far are very vague.

At first we were told Mad Max would come out in 2014, and the latest teaser suggested it'll come in '2015'. More details are sure to come, but unlike many of the other games here, you shouldn't expect this one to land in February. We're sure one of the films will be on over Christmas if you want to whet your appetite, though.

Anticipation level: Curious antipathy

Tom Clancy's The Division

The Division

Planned release: 2014

Actual release date: 2015 is as specific as we have

What's the excuse? It's nowhere near done yet

Could this be the most interesting Tom Clancy-branded game ever made? It certainly sounds like it.

The Division is a massively multiplayer tactical shooter with role-playing elements. It takes place in an apocalyptic New York, where the city has been all but decimated following a virus outbreak. You play as a sleeper agent trying to bring the city back to some kind of order.

Rather than being a bog-standard tactical shooter, you could even say The Division has a bit of the The Last of Us about it. You'll have to level up your character too, which should give you a much greater connection with exactly what he/she is all about.

You'll be able to explore in, around and even underneath the city, in a labyrinth of tunnels. Why do we have to wait so long for it? The Division uses a new game engine, making it trickier to make. Last we heard the actual game development was only just underway.

Anticipation level: Bring on the apocalypse

Dying Light

Dying Light

Planned release: 2014

Actual release date: February 2015

What's the excuse? It's not innovative enough yet

Think zombies are a played-out gaming cliche? Dying Light is here to prove they aren't. Described as a cross between Dead Island and Mirror's Edge by many, this free-running-style zombie game has quite a different feel to the zombie games of old. Ok, maybe it has the odd shade of Left 4 Dead, but who doesn't want that?

Early this year, Amazon reckoned the game would ship in March/April 2014. Of course, that never happened, and in May developer Techland announced the game wouldn't be out until 2015. Like so many others, we're looking at a February release date

"We have now come so close to realizing our initial vision we feel we cannot stop before it is ready," said Techland.

Will it be more than just another mindless zombie game? Fingers crossed.

Anticipation level: Half-infected

Quantum Break (Xbox One only)

Quantum Break

Planned release: Vague 2014 rumours

Actual release date: 2015 (not early)

What's the excuse? 2014 was never likely anyway

Story is still the weakest point in most games, but Quantum Break comes from Remedy, developer of two of the most atmospheric, story-driven action series – Max Payne and Alan Wake. There's more than just a shade of these two's husky charm in Quantum Break.

It's a narrative-infused action game that lets you manipulate time. Yup, your character has supernatural powers, like a low-key, moody X-Man. It's all because of a time-travel experiment gone wrong. This is probably as close as we'll get to the Quantum Leap game we've all been dreaming of.

There's even a TV show that'll accompany the game, presumably a bit like the Night Springs TV show of Alan Wake. Remedy is up to its old tricks again.

While some hoped Quantum Break would arrive in 2014, with the hindsight of all these other delays, that was never likely.

Anticipation level: Engrossed

Batman: Arkham Knight

Arkham Knight

Planned release: 14 October

Actual release date: 2015

What's the excuse? No excuses this time

Batman: Arkham Knight is the biggest game in the Arkham series, which more-or-less re-proved that superhero games don't have to be rubbish.

This first Xbox One/PS4 title in the series, Arkham Knight fits in the whole city of Gotham, making its play area five times larger than the previous Batman: Arkham City. As well as being absolutely massive, you also get to drive the Batmobile. We're sold.

Having a vaster play area for Arkham Knight lets it reproduce that Batman-grade speed much better than the previous games. We'll have to hope that the thwacks feel just as weighty too.

The 2015 delay was announced in June 2014, after having been originally pencilled in for October. Rocksteady didn't give a reason why – we'll assume it's because the big bad bat got a bit scared of all the other games coming out in the pre-Christmas period.

Anticipation level: Spidey sense on full alert. Oh wait.

Andrew Williams

Andrew is a freelance journalist and has been writing and editing for some of the UK's top tech and lifestyle publications including TrustedReviews, Stuff, T3, TechRadar, Lifehacker and others.