Plenty of E3 announcements excited and enthralled us, but what about the ones that left us wanting?
I’m not talking about the games that showed up at the event with mere morsels for offerings. I mean the ones that were missing altogether.
It happens every year. It almost feels like it wouldn’t really be E3 without just a few disappointments in the mix. This year, however, the games we had expected to arrive that didn’t hurt a bit more than usual. Maybe its because the sting still feels so fresh, or maybe its because the games we were expecting were bigger than your average year. Whatever the case may be, let’s recount the most anticipated games that were MIA from this year’s E3.
The Next Rocksteady Game
Of all the developers that rose to fame last generation, Rocksteady is perhaps one of my favourites. Before it became the household name it is today, the British studio had only shipped one game: a little known first-person shooter that released on the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox, Urban Chaos: Riot Response. Only three years later, it’d release one of the most important superhero video games of all time, Batman: Arkham Asylum.
It’s no wonder why Rocksteady’s absence from E3 this year is so disappointing, even more so since it seems to be moving on from the Batman games it’s known so well for. Sefton Hill, co-founder of Rocksteady reached out on Twitter to explain why the studio decided not to go to E3, saying that the team plans to share its next project “as soon as it’s ready”.
Red Dead Redemption 2
I know, Rockstar rarely cares for the pomp and circumstance of E3. With as much money as it makes off of its games, the studio has every right to not bother with what most everyone else in the industry considers the most important week of the year. Even still, it sorta sucks to never see Rockstar’s games show up to impress.
Take its latest upcoming release, the long awaiting Red Dead Redemption 2. We’ve had little information out of Rockstar other than a few hints and trailers here and there, yet the hype train keeps on a-chuggin’. How could it not? Not only was Red Dead Redemption one of the best games of last generation, it’s one of the best open world games of all time. The follow up would surely intrigue any blue-eyed cowboys or cowgirls out there, ready to take their next steps into Rockstar’s version of the old west.
Bayonetta may very well be my favourite action game of all time, if not one of my favourite games of all time in general. It’s not just the first one, mind you, but its incredible sequel too. The insane antics, over the top finishing moves, and incredible bullet time mechanic shot a bullet straight to my heart the moment I first played it. So naturally, when Platinum Games announced that it was making a third Bayonetta game, I was ecstatic.
While the announcement may have only been a few months ago, with a short teaser premiering at The Game Awards, I still can’t help but feel a bit let down not seeing any new information at E3. Not a trailer, or a screenshot, or even a behind closed doors look at the game made its way to the event. Looks like we’ll just have to be patient until we get the next look at the famous witch herself.
Of all the games that were missing from this years big event, I’m the most surprised by Splinter Cell’s absence. It’s been a long while since Sam Fisher’s last game, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which released in 2013. Since then, we haven’t heard much from Third Echelon’s favourite tri-goggled super spy – that is, until Ghost Recon: Wildlands featured him in some new DLC.
Since then, nearly everyone (myself included) has been speculating when we’d next get to see Sam Fisher in his own game, most bets landing on a reveal at this year’s E3. Splinter Cell’s publisher, Ubisoft, has a track record of announcing a surprise game nearly every year so it only seemed logical that Splinter Cell might fit the bill. Of course, when the time came and wen,t we were no closer to a new Splinter Cell game than we were months ago, before we knew of the surprise Ghost Recon DLC.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
If the journey so far wasn’t hard enough already, the wait for the Final Fantasy VII Remake is excruciating. One of the most praised RPGs of all time, people have been clamouring for a remake since Square Enix first showed off the PlayStation 3 technical demo at E3 2005. When it was finally revealed in 2015, fans were ecstatic. Now, three years later still with little information to go on, the wait has become even worse.
It doesn’t help things that Square Enix announced that it would have its own E3 presentation in the vein of a direct feed video. With Kingdom Hearts III so close, we all knew to expect at least something from Tetsuya Nomura, who is directing both games. Yet of course as we know now, it was all a ruse. It looks like we’ll have to go a bit longer before we see any more of this sleeping giant of a game again.
Metroid Prime 4
Another franchise that’s been dying to see a revival, it’s been a whole year since we first heard Metroid Prime 4 was in development for the Nintendo Switch. Sure, all we saw was a teaser trailer and a logo reveal, we’re not even sure who is developing the dang thing, but the name alone is enough to excite fans around the world. At this year’s E3 Nintendo Direct, I had assumed that we’d at least get a bit more information on the project but it seems even that was wishful thinking.
By the time the Nintendo Direct had come and gone, there was plenty of news for the forthcoming Super Smash Bros. game, finally revealed to be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but not a peep about Metroid. As nice as it was to see Ripley finally hit the big stage in Super Smash Bros., nothing can compare to the real thing. Time will tell if the long wait will have been worth it, I suppose, so all we can do is wait a little longer.
Trust me when I say that I get why people haven’t ever gravitated towards the Shenmue games. As a diehard Sega fan, I remember playing the first game when it released back in 2000. It felt like a religious experience, like witnessing the future of games play out in front of my eyes. It also felt silly and awkward in all the wrong ways, so I understood why the franchise never grew to the heights I had wished it had. It was nothing short of a miracle that we got Shenmue II in the states, so I had thought that ship had sailed a long time ago. When a kickstarter campaign for a third game was revealed right after the Final Fantasy VII Remake, I felt like my brain was melting into my skull. Now, a few years out with still little to go on, its become another disappointing wait for information.
Luckily, Sega announced that they were re-releasing the first two games on modern platforms, which has helped satiate longtime fans to a degree. Yet surprisingly, not even those made their way to E3 this year. What can we do besides wait, like all the others, and hope we won’t be waiting too long till we see Ryu once again.