E3 is often described as a gamers Christmas. It is the biggest gaming event of the year where journalists, developers and publishers converge to set the tone of the gaming landscape for the next 12 months and beyond. Most of the biggest and most exciting games take to the stage and are announced at lavish presentations which are live streamed for the world to see.
Unfortunately, like many real world Christmas’, some are left disappointed that the game they had hoped or dreamed would finally get presented to the masses misses E3 for one reason or another. It could be the title is too early in development to show, the game is getting shown behind closed doora or it was never in development in the first place and the rumour mill got everybody buzzed for nothing.
We take a look at some of the games that are MIA from E3 2014 causing some sad faces and disappointment. Lets get the easy one out of the way with first…
The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian has been in a constant flux of cancelled and still in development for the past 2 weeks. IGN posted the news of the games cancellation after 2 ex-jounalists posted mystery tweets about it only to post an apology a day later once Sony confirmed the project was still on its way. Many considered E3 2014 The Last Guardians time to shine after years of waiting. Its appearance on stage would have raised the roof off of Sony’s conference hall. The game didn’t even get a mention during E3 2014 and some are now questioning whether anyone will actually care by the time The Last Guardian actually arrives. Lets just keep our fingers crossed for Gamescom, Tokyo Games Show or even E3 2015.
Whore of the Orient In development at Team Bondi, the folk behind LA Noir, Whore of the Orient is an action adventure game set in 1930’s Shanghai. Announced back in 2011 but without the backing of a publisher, The Whore of the Orient has been in and out of development ever since. Little is known about the game as Team Bondi have gone almost radio silent but some early game play footage leaked in 2013 and that was enough to cause a buzz of anticipation. The game was sadly absent from E3 2013 (at least to the public anyway) but lets hope it surfaces soon.
Sleeping Dogs: Triad Wars
The original Sleeping Dogs had been through a turbulent development, originally being cancelled as a True Crime game and then being resurrected by Square Enix, releasing with mostly positive reviews. Unfortunately the game did not sell but has since become a cult classic and a hidden gem thanks to the PS+ and Games for Gold. United Front announced they were working on a sequel last year but little has been heard since and was MIA from E3 2014.
Shenmue 3 According to Microsofts Phil Spencer, Shenmue 3 was the most requested game when he asked the community which games they really wanted to see – and lets face it, we would probably go ape if this had been announced at E3 2014. As per the usual pre-E3 rumour milling, Shenmue 3 came up a few times and once again we were left empty and disappointed.
Final Fantasy XIII – Lightning Collection Just before E3 begun, we reported on a supposed snap of a game Square Enix were going to be announcing during the week of E3 2014 – Final Fantasy XIII – The Lightning Collection. A PS4 and Xbox One version of the last generation games. No announcement has been made so far and to be honest, I think most would prefer that Square Enix create a HD version of Final Fantasy VII and VIII instead.
Fallout 4 Earlier this year, somebody with too much time on their hands set up an elaborate series of leaks and teasers all leading up to a Fallout 4 announcement. This announcement never came because the videos, scripts were all fake but the internet still went gaga over the possibility of a next-gen Fallout game with some predicting an E3 2014 reveal – which didn’t materialize.
Crash Bandicoot There has been plenty of smoke around a potential Crash Bandicoot reboot – but no fire. Activison own the rights to the spinning Bandicoot and his pals but the NeoGaf boards went into fever pitch when all details of his existence were deleted from Activisions website. This sparked some wild rumours that Sony had bought the ex-mascot back home. Both parties denied any exchange but the excitement that this generated would have been hard to ignore. Sadly, Crash and the gang were a no-show at E3 2014, potentially putting the final nail in the little guys coffin.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 The world is ready for more Beyond Good & Evil. We know another game is in development and concept art and early game footage has previously made its way onto the internet. Many hoped we would be getting a peek at it at E3 2014 but were let down.
Were there any other games MIA from E3 2014? Take to the comments section and sound off.