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Waiting Game: Everything that's been delayed into 2013 (so far)

Xav de Matos, @Xav

In January, 2012 was looking like the year to beat for its sheer volume of high-profile games. But 2012 has quickly become the year many developers have set aside as one for polish and refinement. It has quickly become the year of the delayed game.

With so many projects being moved to 2013, Joystiq decided to put together a list of the major names you'll have to keep track of for at least seven more months. Did anything on your "Most Anticipated" list get pushed to 2013?

BioShock Infinite
Current Release Date: February 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Despite being given a solid release date of October 16, 2012 back in March, Irrational's first game since seeing success with 2007's BioShock was delayed early this month. Irrational Games creative director Ken Levine was clear in his letter to fans about the delay: "We've uncovered opportunities to make Infinite into something even more extraordinary." Given our impressions of the game thus far, we have high hopes for BioShock Infinite.

Gallery: BioShock Infinite (E3 2011) | 6 Photos

Aliens: Colonial Marines
Current Release Date: February 12, 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U)

The Gearbox-developed, canonical shooter within the Aliens universe is no stranger to delays. After being first announced back in 2006 -- before development on the project began -- Sega has continuously pushed the project. After what seemed like a final push to Fall 2012, Sega announced on Monday that Aliens: Colonial Marines would now ship in 2013. A date for the Wii U version of the game has not been established.

Gallery: Aliens: Colonial Marines (4/4/12) | 5 Photos

Tomb Raider
Current Release Date: Q1 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Crystal Dynamics has been hard at work rebooting the the Tomb Raider franchise, but the upcoming action title isn't quite ready to make its intended Fall 2012 release date. On the subject of its delay announcement on May 14, Crystal Dynamics head Darrell Gallagher wrote that his team was working to make "the best game of our careers" and a product at the quality level players "deserve." Other than details revealed when it was announced, little is known about Lara's return. More on the game is expected at E3 2012 from publisher Square Enix.

Gallery: Tomb Raider (E3 2011) | 26 Photos

South Park: The Game
Current Release Date: Q4 of FY2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Given THQ's recent financial issues, its delays are not surprising. South Park: The Game from developer Obsidian Entertainment is one of many projects that have slipped from the publisher's release calendar, with its delay announced only a week ago. There's also still no word if the leaked name South Park: The Stick of Truth is the final moniker.

Gallery: South Park: The Game (1/6/12) | 11 Photos

Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Current Release Date: Q1 2013 (PS3)

Namco Bandai's localized version of Level-5 and Studio Ghibli's PS3 RPG was set to launch in the winter of 2012, but was pushed to a new 2013 release window in early April. Released in Japan in 2011, Ni No Kuni is the perfect title to show off our gorgeous HD screens. The game looks stunning.

Gallery: Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (4/19/12) | 26 Photos

DmC: Devil May Cry
Current Release Date: January 15, 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

Ninja Theory's reboot of the popular action series Devil May Cry was originally given the vague release window of "some time in 2012," so getting pushed to 2013 wasn't a surprise. Expect more details on the game at E3 2012. A PC version is also in the works, slated to launch "later in 2013."

Gallery: DmC: Devil May Cry (4/10/12) | 17 Photos

Metro: Last Light
Current Release Date: Q1 2013 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, WiiU)

THQ's third-quarter financial earning report quietly revealed that Metro: Last Light would miss its originally scheduled 2012 release, pegging a Q1 2013 window on the 4A Games-developed title. More on the follow-up to 2010's surprise hit, survivalist shooter is expected leading up to E3 2012.

Gallery: Metro Last Light (TGS 2011) | 5 Photos

Prey 2
Current Release Date: "Beyond 2012" (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)

With rumors that development on the game has been suspended, but assurances the title is not canceled, the fate of Human Head Studios' impressive looking next title looks troubled. This, of course, might not come as a shock considering the original Prey was announced and worked on in one form or another from 1995 until it launched in 2006. There's no word on whether publisher Bethesda will bring the game to E3 2012, but we're not counting on it.

Gallery: Prey 2 (E3 2011) | 9 Photos

This list, obviously, doesn't include titles announced specifically for 2013 (such as Company of Heroes 2). Gamers in 2012 still have a slew of titles to look forward to this year; including Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Darksiders 2, and maybe even a little game called Grand Theft Auto V.

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