Ten Games Missing From E3 2012
E3 is basically the Superbowl of gaming and leads the way for most of the announcements for the year. However as usual there are a number of games that were curiously missing from press conferences and reveals. Games that seem in danger of becoming vaporware.
10.) Grand Theft Auto V
The latest in Rockstar’s crime saga, Grand Theft Auto V, was finally announced back in October of 2011. Then shortly after that we received our first debut trailer in November and all signs pointed to go. While sources had indicated that there would be no demo of GTAV at E3, the fact that it was NOWHERE to be seen was quite odd. Not a hint, not a mention, not even another sneak peek. Given the track record of the series we can assume it’ll be good, but they are sure making the wait hard.
Possibility of E3 2013 Appearance: Guaranteed
9.) Legend of Zelda Wii U
This one really should be no surprise. Nintendo all to often loves to tease Link as their example of next-gen graphics. And the Wii U version was no different. After teasing some sweet HD Link at last year’s E3, there was no mention of a future Legend of Zelda at all. Given how recently Skyward Sword came out its truly no surprise, but to tease their biggest franchise and then not speak of it again is infuriating.
Possibility of E3 2013 Appearance: Doubtful
8.) Bioshock Infinite
The next game in the Bioshock franchise has created quite the buzz. It was crowned best in show at E3 2011 and landed on the cover of several gaming magazines. So what did they show off at this year’s E3? Not a damn thing. After it was announced that the game was being pushed back to a 2013 launch the whole game seemed to go on lockdown. No new information, no screenshots, no nothing. One can only hope and assume that this silence just means they’re working on making it the best game ever. Right?
Possibility of E3 2013 Appearance: Possible Release Before E3
Back at E3 2011 Microsoft was trying to show off all the different ways you could use the Kinect. Ryse seemed to be the answer for why hardcore gamers should care about motion gaming on the Xbox. While the trailer was mostly CG it did promise to have plenty of blood and violence by the hands of a Roman soldier. Yet this year there was not one single mention of Crytek’s hardcore Kinect game. Not even a blip while they were talking about exclusive games. Microsoft needs to talk about games like Ryse if they truly want to cement the Kinect.
Possibility of E3 2013 Appearance: Hopefully
Rockstar North’s PS3 exclusive, Agent, is starting to look more and more like vaporware with each passing day. Announced back at E3 2009, Agent sounded like the kind of PS3 exclusive that would sell systems and launch Playstation out of third place. Three years later we still know nothing about the game other than the fact that Rockstar and Sony has commented numerous times at how groundbreaking it was going to be. However someone needs to remind them that for something to be groundbreaking, it has to actually come out.
Possibility of E3 2013 Appearance: Highly Unlikely
5.) Final Fantasy Versus 13
Final Fantasy Versus 13 has officially replaced Duke Nukem Forever on the “Longest Running Game to Show Up At E3 And Not Be Playable List”. While there has been some closed-door showings of the game and leaked trailers, nothing solid has been offered in years. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised to see this end up on the next generation instead. Or at worse cancelled. But with only the Final Fantasy X HD remake on the books, it’s hard to imagine what would stop this game from being shown off in the near future.
Possibility of E3 2013 Appearance: 50/50 Chance
4.) Kingdom Hearts 3
It’s actually no surprise that Kingdom Hearts 3 hasn’t been shown at E3. While there is no doubt that a sequel SHOULD be made, the question is if and when. Unfortunately producer Tetsuya Nomura has gone on record saying that there will be no Kingdom Hearts 3 until Final Fantasy Versus 13 was released. And well just refer to number 5 on the list.
Possibility of E3 2013 Appearance: Zero
3.) Beyond Good And Evil 2
Teased in 2008, talked about in 2009 and 2010 and 2011, Beyond Good and Evil 2 has become the urban legend of Ubisoft. The last we heard about the series it was indicated that it was getting pushed to the next generation of games. Its absence from yet another E3 just goes to highlight that that may indeed be the case.
Possibility of E3 2013 Appearance: Probably Not Even This Generation
2.) The Last Guardian
The first official trailer was shown at E3 2009 much to the pleasure of Ico/Shadow of the Colossus fans. Later on at TGS that year the game was given an unofficial release date of fall 2012. However later on the release date was pushed back to an even further vague “Sometime in 2013″. Then the director, Fumito Ueda, left Sony and only retained a consultant status on the project. Now with another E3 come and gone The Last Guardian was once again MIA. All that was mentioned was that the game was having ‘technical difficulties” but was still in development.
Possibility of E3 2013 Appearance: Assuming It Doesn’t Leap A Generation, Likely
1.) Half-Life 3/Episode 3
Half-Life 2 and the Tale of the Episodes is one of great expectation and fail. When Valve announced that they would release three episodes instead of a proper sequel, it was stressed that this was to REDUCE the time between releases. Half-Life 2: Episode 1 was released in June 2006, Episode 2 in October 2007 and yet we are STILL waiting for the final episode 5 years later. At this point fans can only assume (hope) that the huge delay is due to a whole new game rather than another 3-4 hour episode. But with Valve having published a Portal sequel, two Left 4 Dead’s, Dota and a new Counterstrike in the time since Episode 2 it’s not as if the company hasn’t been busy.
Possibility of E3
2013, 2015, 2020 Appearance: Maybe