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Missing in Action: The Games That Weren't At E3

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Posted June 24, 2010 - By Kevin Kelly















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The Games That Weren't At E3

E3 is one of the biggest landmarks for the gaming industry. It looms like Mount Everest in the middle of every year, and sounds a beckoning horn about not only what's going to come out that holiday season, but what you'll be anticipating for the next year. Or longer! We'll never forget Alan Wake being announced at E3 2005.

For the people who write about video games, a lot of E3 means playing the guessing game. Will company X be showing off game Y that they talked about two years ago? Are any of those rumors about game Z true? Will there be a high-profile game flameout during the show? Which one of the Big 3 will win with a seismic announcement?

Most of the time, we like to think we get things right, but our internal sensors pinged over what was missed. You've read our list of the Best of E3 2010. now heck out the list of games we thought we'd hear about ... but didn't.

The Last Guardian E3 2009 Trailer »


The Last Guardian

Heavily teased to much acclaim at last year's E3, The Last Guardian was a complete no-show this year, and Team Ico was nowhere to be found. Apparently the game isn't ready to show publicly yet, despite the "official" appearance of a trailer at last year's E3 (it had leaked online weeks earlier), and we hope this doesn't mean that it now looks terrible. Last year, people were ready to cry when they saw the above trailer (and yes this includes me, dammit), but we got zip this year. I can only pray that this means that they are hard at work on the game right now and working up something impressive for the Tokyo Game Show.

Uncharted 2 screenshot

Uncharted 3

This hasn't even been announced yet, but with all the awards and accolades the game raked in, you know they're working on a sequel. You don't win game of the year several times over and then just drop off the radar ... unless you're working on a huge sequel. I fully expected a title or just a screen to get floated for this at Sony's press conference, but sadly nothing happened. Not that an announcement for this would have surprised us, but it would have gotten us more excited than ... a new PSP advertising campaign. And who are we kidding, it totally would have surprised (and delighted) us. 

Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 Teaser »


Batman: Arkham Asylum 2

This game isn't even a secret, but it was nowhere to be found at E3 this year. After a big introductory splash last year, we haven't heard anything more except a few leaks from voice actors. Would it have killed Warner Interactive to throw us bata-bone? After all, the Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year edition came out last month, and we know the game is coming. Why not a new teaser trailer? An appearance by Mark Hamill? The Bat-signal shining from the roof of the convention center? Barring anything featuring gameplay, they could have just handed out Batman logo stickers to keep us happy. Or maybe free comic books. With any luck, we'll hear more about this game at Comic-Con next month.

The Games That Weren't At E3

Resistance 3

This series feels far from finished, and Insomniac recently announced they were working on several new games ... but they didn't tell us what they were. Also, there was a Resistance 3 billboard spotted as a prop in a Columbia Pictures (owned by Sony) movie that is filming for an early 2011 launch, so it's safe to say this game is on the way. So why not tell us about it, Sony? You had the perfect opportunity at your E3 press conference, even if it was just a logo for the game. Just saying, "Yes, it's coming" would have sent spasms of joy through the legion of fanboys.

Project Natal Milo E3 2009 Trailer »


Milo

Seriously, did Milo drown in that creek he's so fond of? After a ginormous appearance at E3 2009, he was nowhere to be found this year. Absolutely not a word. Apparently they were showing Milo off to "celebrities" behind closed doors, so he could learn who they are. I really wonder if Justin Bieber was a part of that crowd. "Hello, Justin! I just loooove your music! Draw me a picture! Dance for me! DEAR GOD GET ME OUT OF HERE!" As much hype as Milo got last year, I'm totally surprised he wasn't back. Surely he's learned something in the intervening weeks and months. Or maybe what he learned was how to escape.

The Games That Weren't At E3 Half-Life

Half-Life

Half-Life 2, Episode 3? Half-Life 3? Half-Life anything? While the announcement of Portal 2 coming to the PS3 was indeed  a surprise, it's the only thing Valve gave us. We know something is going on with Half-Life, so where's the news? Why must you toy with us like this? Don't you know we have emotions, even though we've murdered thousands of Companion Cubes? We love Portal and we love Left 4 Dead, but we really want to know that we'll be visiting Gordon Freeman again sometime soon. That crowbar ain't gonna swing itself.

Beyond Good & Evil 2 Leaked Footage »


Beyond Good & Evil 2

It's been seven long years since the original game came out, and Ubisoft has confirmed that this game has been in development for awhile ... so why have we only seen the "leaked" footage above? Which looks amazing, by the way. If this game really is still in development, why not just trot this leaked footage out, and tell us it's officially official? Give us something, Ubisoft, rather than trotting out Battle Tag and Innergy, both of which are better suited for the Consumer Electronics Show, and not the rabid fanbase of E3 video gamers.

I Am Alive

Is this game still alive? While the first trailer was shown at E3 2008, we heard nothing about it this year. But then a mysterious video surfaced online. Did Ubisoft decide to pull it from their press conference for some reason? After all, the FTP site for Ubisoft E3 press conference assets included the entirely awesome Scott Pilgrim vs. The World video game trailer, but that was an E3 no-show as well. Did I Am Alive suffer the same fate? Perhaps our own Stephen Johnson's E3 earthquake prediction scared them off. But it would have been one heck of a promotion.

Pikmin 3 Development Reportedly

Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3 was confirmed to be in development by Miyamoto himself at E3 2008, but was still a no-show this year. Maybe Nintendo was afraid the game would get buried in the onslaught of Nintendo 3DS announcements, since it's being developed for the Wii. But here's my pitch: a silhouette of Pikmin appears onscreen, and then a herd of the little guys carry a giant 3 past. The crowd goes wild, right? All Reggie would have had to say is: "And we're not forgetting about Pikmin. They'll be back soon on the Nintendo Wii, and we're also bringing them to the 3DS." Just because it's hard to believe they won't be pushing it onto their brand-new baby as well.

The Games That Weren't At E3

Resident Evil Portable

Sony announced Resident Evil Portable for the PSP last year, so where is it now? It was being designed with the PSP Go in mind, and that handheld device hasn't exactly been tearing up the sales charts ... has it been dumped? Are they reworking it? Did it succumb to one of the strains of the T-Virus? Inquiring minds want to know. There's wasn't as much love thrown at the PSP as we would have liked during Sony's E3 presser ... and this is a title that would have helped tip the scales back in their favor. And speaking of the PSP ...

The Games That Weren't At E3

PSP 2

Rumors abounded earlier this year that a PSP 2 (or a redesigned PSP Go) would be shown off at E3 2010, but that obviously didn't happen. It would have felt a bit premature, since it feels like only yesterday that the PSP Go came out, but the thing does need a redesign. Especially one that incorporates an analog nub on the right side. Sony obviously loves their hardware, and they love their 3D. Maybe they've gone back to the drawing board with 3D in mind, and with the success of the Nintendo 3DS at the show, I wouldn't be surprised if that were now the official case. 

Missing in Action: The Games That Weren't At E3

Rockstar

Yes, we knew in advance that they wouldn't be at E3 this year, but they missed a huge opportunity to tout L.A. Noire, Max Payne 3, and even the new DLC Multiplayer for Red Dead Redemption that just came out this week. Heck, they could have had multiplayer kiosks set up with that while trailers for Max Payne and L.A. Noire ran on a giant screen, with a Grand Theft Auto V logo wedged inbetween them and had long lines. With L.A. Noire still due this year and Max Payne pushed to 2011, it wouldn't have been a bad idea to have some sort of a booth presence.

Bethesda Assures Fan Elder Scrolls V Is Coming…Eventually

Elder Scrolls V

Bethesda has hinted and teased about this game in the past, but last year Todd Howard told people not to look for a new Elder Scrolls game "in the near future". I would have expected to see something this year, but Bethesda is bringing us Brink, Fallout: New Vegas, Rage, and Hunted: The Demon's Forge, so I don't really know if I have room to complain. But I will anyway. Where's Elder Scrolls V, already?! Once the dust from these four titles has relatively settled, we hope they get to work on it. In fact, if you work for Bethesda and you're reading this ... get back to work.

A Sleeper Hit

Usually at every E3 there's one "talk of the show" title that is the buzz on everyone's lips. "Did you guys check out Scribblenauts? It's amazing!" was what made the rounds last year, but this year the only thing that sparked conversation was the Nintendo 3DS. There wasn't a game that blew everyone's collective socks off ... although Star Wars: The Old Republic came close. But one thing that virtually everyone I talked to said was "There hasn't been a really impressive game this year." Are we too jaded? Are we not easily impressed anymore? Or was there nothing worth going gaga over?

 

What do you think? Was there anything that you missed (that we missed missing) from E3?

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