This year’s E3 was littered with announcements of upcoming games, from sequels and prequels to brand-new, awe-inspiring IPs.
But amidst the buzz around these announcements, there were three massive titles with a disturbing absence from the expo that we simply can’t ignore. What are they?
After getting the massively depressing D-bomb dropped on it earlier this year, BioShock Infinite has officially been delayed into 2013, and creative director Ken Levine admitted that the game will be going into a media blackout for a bit so they can add some additional polish and make it into the best game they possibly can.
Of course, this is commendable. Irrational has a good track record for games, and the ever-impressive Infinite is looking to be the best title produced by the studio yet.
Levine also says the media blackout is to ensure that when they do return with a closer look at the game, we’ll see it closer to the final product.
Hopefully the extra time and TLC put into it makes it phenomenal. In the meantime, I’m still a little depressed we weren’t treated to a more in-depth look at the twisted world of Columbia.
GRAND THEFT AUTO V
After the embarrassing grown man temporary tattoo announcing the release of GTA IV at a Microsoft conference several E3s ago, we haven’t seen much of anything from the crime sandbox overlord at the convention. Rumors have been circulating throughout the internet for months since the announcement of the upcoming GTA V, but we still don’t even have so much as a trailer to go on when it comes to what the game will entail.
There is even some speculation that games like BioShock have been moved back to clear some space for the release of GTA V. But with the release of Max Payne 3 in May, is Rockstar ready to unveil the next part in one of their biggest franchises already?
Apparently not, according to the lack of ANYTHING GTA V at E3 2012. True, Rockstar did say they weren’t planning on showing anything off at the expo, but even a mention of it would have been nice. Hopefully we’ll be treated to some more tidbits about the game in the coming months. The lack of presence from the game is a little bit disturbing however, and I can’t help but feel like it’s less and less likely we’ll see much of anything from GTA V this year.
THE LAST GUARDIAN
We didn’t hear anything about The Last Guardian this year. Or the year before that. Or the year before that. Or the year before that…
As the game gets pushed further and further into development hell, it’s begging a strong outcry from gamers. Disturbing news surrounding the game has cropped up over the past few months, including two of the key minds behind it calling it quits on the team. So, what exactly is Shadow of the Colossus developer Team Ico doing?
If everything we’ve heard is true, then we know that The Last Guardian has been in development for a long, long time. Like, Diablo III long. Why?
Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida said recently that the game is still very much in production, and that they are reaching out to other studios for advice and some help on the project. The extent of this is unknown, but one thing is for certain; the longer they take on this game, the more it’s becoming a punch line rather than an anticipated title. Could you imagine the blow it would have delivered if Sony had unveiled this instead of Wonderbook at their press conference? “Last Guardian, holiday 2012.” BAM! E3 winner.
Still, hopefully we get to see something soon from the game. Until then, I’m praying to the gaming gods The Last Guardian doesn’t go the way of Duke Nukem Forever.