E3 was packed with huge moments, including revealing the name of Xbox One X and many incredible games being announced. Still, there were some notable omissions…
Note, some of these titles were confirmed to miss E3 2017 but they were still sorely missed. And, no Half-Life 3 isn’t there. Sorry.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption caused quite a stir when it was confirmed last October. The announcement was followed up with a trailer but Rockstar have since remained largely quiet on the title.
Last month it was confirmed that Red Dead Redemption 2 would not be shipping until Spring 2018, which may be the reason for it missing E3. With that said, E3 is one of the largest stages in the video game industry and a title with the hype and calibur of Red Dead Redemption 2 should have certainly been there.
The Last Of Us: Part 2
The Last Of Us: Part 2 was confirmed at the PlayStation Experience last December. Developer Naughty Dog seems to have taken a page from Rockstar’s book, as the only look at the game they’ve given to fans is a brief trailer.
To be fair, Neil Druckmann, the game’s director, did tweet to explain that The Last of Us: Part 2 was not shown because “it’s Chloe and Nadine’s time to shine.” While leaving the stage to Uncharted was a nice touch, I’m sure I am not the only fan who would have loved a gameplay trailer, or heck, even another trailer.
Ellie and Joel were sorely missed.
Shenmue 3 was announced way back in 2017 and was subsequently the subject of a successful crowd funding campaign. Developers Ys Net has been keeping fans updated sporadically, though not with the wealth of information some are dying for. The most recent update was 2 weeks ago.
It was at this point that fans were advised that Shenmue 3 would not be at E3, yet some still had hope. After all, Shenmue 3 has a cult-following and is one of the most anticipated games currently in production – a surprise video would have been worth writing about.
And yet, nothing. C’mon, Yu Suzuki…
The Witcher developer CD Projekt RED announced Cyberpunk 2077 back in 2014. In what seems to be a recurring theme, we have been given a trailer and…not much else.
Quite what stage in development Cyberpunk 2077 remains to be seen – but, that’s the problem. We yet to see the title in action and E3 would have been the perfect opportunity to start fueling the hype-train.
Death Stranding has been slightly more forthcoming than the above title. Following his departure from Konami, Hideo Kojima stole the public’s imagination as he teased his next project. Death Stranding was confirmed at E3 2016 and has been followed by a few trailers.
Kojima confirmed that Death Stranding would not feature at E3 in a tweet accompanied by a cryptic image. But, why? Death Stranding was the talk of E3 2016 and fans are desperate to see another piece of the puzzle. Heck, it’s not like we’d actually be able to piece the plot together anyway.
It has been nearly five years since Borderlands 2 was released, and over a year since Gearbox confirmed that Borderlands 3 would be their next game. Borderlands 3 was then shown in an Unreal Engine 4 Tech Demo.
The tech demo showed that Borderlands 3 will be making the most of the incredible technology available, while still retaining it’s signature art style. E3 was a missed opportunity to build upon this; Borderlands 3 could have been a brilliant game to show off the power of the Xbox One X.
Wild was a disappointing omission, not least because it indicates that the title is taking a backseat to Beyond Good and Evil 2.
Fear not, Wild is still in development, and while the spotlight was given to Beyond Good and Evil 2, more updates will be given for Wild in the coming year.
Final Fantasy 7 Remake
Final Fantasy 7 holds a special place in the heart of fans, and when the Final Fantasy 7 Remake was announced back at E3 2015 the anticipation levels went off the chart. A trailer was released and, well…not a lot else.
Development of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake was recently brought in-house by Square Enix, in what was said to be a “sensitive subject” by Square Enix’s Naoki Hamaguchi. It has been suggested that it was the state of the remake ahead of E3 2017 that forced Square Enix to make the move.
We still had hope of seeing another trailer and possibly some gameplay footage of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. What we have seen so far looks stunning and FF7 has many memorable locations which will look stunning in 4K.