With the next injection of video game hysteria coming with E3 in about three weeks, it's a wonder that any gamers are able to catch any sleep at all! The expo is the main go-to place for the biggest announcements and the most awesome reveals, but sometimes games just fall off the radar.
I will be going through some of the titles that looked amazing but have never come to fruition, heard no news, or just went plain dormant in development for obscene amounts of time. No gamer should have to endure the endless waiting!
The Last Guardian
This is a title that will always arise when delays or E3 games that lose their way are mentioned. Designed and directed by the same team that brought Ico and Shadow of The Colossus, this installment involves a young boy who befriends a giant bird, dog, griffin/demon thing.
It was formally announced at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2009 with a planned release in 2011 for the PlayStation 3. But, unfortunately the game has since suffered from numerous delays and further complications, and since the game transitioned to the PlayStation 4. Only little pieces of information have been revealed since. Although, some amazing news has been said recently by Fumito Ueda:
Since this is the year we will see the game’s release, I do have some worries, but I’m also very excited.
With a tentative release date of '2016', we all may be playing this game soon. It better be brilliant to make up for the years of absence.
Agent is Rockstar Games' long-in-development espionage-themed endeavor, officially announced in June 2009 during the Sony press conference at E3. The project has been described by Rockstar:
The game is set during the Cold War and will take players into the world of counter-intelligence, espionage and political assassinations.
Some pieces of information have come out about the title. Well, not so much information, but pictures were released last year that show the game was at least being developed. You can check it them out here. It is wholly unsure that this game will ever see the light of day, but with Rockstar recently stating that they have some interesting announcements to make soon, we can keep our fingers crossed that Agent still has life in it yet!
Tekken X Street Fighter
This game aims to cross the universes of Namco's Tekken and Capcom's Street Fighter into one game, creating a roster from both franchises! Awesome! A trailer with some gameplay dropped for this title at E3 2011 but was actually announced prior to 2010 San Diego Comic-Con. This game pretty much does what it says on the tin, it is a crossover where people aim to beat the crap out of the other people, not much to delve into there.
Evidently, the work on the project has been coming along pretty well, slowly perhaps but it was at least moving along. Although, Namco recently stated that the project was on hold for now:
"A good window in which to release Tekken X Street Fighter is something that's become difficult recently," Harada said, adding that "it's on hold for the moment."
People may have to wait for this overdue brawler slightly longer than expected.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
The follow up to the critically acclaimed, but commercial failure, Beyond Good & Evil 2 has been shrouded in mystery for years and the last official footage released from the game was a teaser trailer at E3 2009.
The game has been somewhat confirmed to be alive, in a chat between Tim Schafer and Michel Ancel in Double Fine's Lets Play, an interesting conversation took part between the two:
"You're still in this headspace because you're making the sequel though, right?" Schafer asked.
"Yeah, but it's difficult because it's hard for me to do the same kind of game two times. I don't know how you manage that with Psychonauts 2," Ancel said.
Well, there you have it. The game may be kicking it about somewhere but I doubt that anyone will get to see it, let alone play it anytime soon!
This dragon/slasher game was officially announced at Microsoft Studios' press conference at E3 2014 with a cinematic trailer , it missed E3 2015, but gameplay was shown at Gamescom 2015!
Whilst gamers may not have been waiting for this title as long as some others, I have the feeling that it will succumb to being stuck in horrible development traps. While it is slated for a release in 2017, bear in mind it has already been delayed, so I wouldn't recommend that anybody gets their hopes up about this one!
Brothers in Arms: Furious 4
Brothers in Arms: Furious 4 has was a casualized sequel to the Brothers in Arms titles. It was announced in E3 2011's Ubisoft's press conference, originally scheduled to be released in the first half of 2012. It later became a standalone IP dubbed 'Furious 4' as it was deemed not to be right for the BiA series.
It focused on four soldiers that would hunt nazis, all the way up to Adolf Hitler himself! All with levels of violence and themes akin to Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. In regards to the state of the project, Randy Pichford, the big dog at Gearbox stated this:
At some point we’ll hopefully get to a stage where we feel good about being able to say, we’re going to bring another authentic Brothers in Arms game. Here’s what it is. We haven’t made such a statement yet. Hopefully we’ll get to a point where that becomes a good decision.
Pitchford also revealed that Furious 4 is not a thing anymore, as many elements of the game were inherited by and transferred to Battleborn! It seems that Furious 4 is truly lost now, but at least they are considering bringing BiA back to the its historical roots.
Roll On E3 2016!
In only a matter of weeks, the announcement hype will be among us and perhaps one o these games will get an overdue revival. Let me know in the poll if you want to see any of these titles show their face gain.