E3 2012 has already come and gone, dear readers. While it was rather a disappointing E3 overall, it did have game announcements by the bucket load. However, there are a few games that weren’t at E3 that probably should have been. Here’s my pick for 5 games that should have been at E3 2012.
In 2007 Sony announced that Rockstar North was developing an exclusive for the PS3. It wasn’t until two years later at E3 until Sony announced the title of the exclusive- Agent. Described as a stealth action game, very little is still known about Agent. Now, 5 years after it was first announced, it has seemingly vanished. Over the past few years Sony have commented on the fact that Agent is still in development, and it is still a PS3 exclusive. However, during E3 of 2011 Jack Tretton stated, “Agent is still in development…but I’m not sure exactly where we’ll land on that, that’s more something for Rockstar to decide, but I’m sure we’ll have a great offering on Agent for PS3.” This year at E3, when Jack was once again thrown a question regarding Agent, he put up the excuse of “you need to ask Rockstar about that”. Where is Agent? Has it been cancelled? Is it still a PS3 exclusive? Who knows.
After recently playing Prey, my anticipation for Prey 2 intensified. Compared to its predecessor, Prey 2 is an open world FPS, rather than just a FPS. The game puts you in control of Killian Samuels, a U.S Marshall that has been transported to the alien world of Exodus. Killian is now a bounty hunter, and the game revolves around him trying to recover his memory that he has lost since his abduction. The set up to Prey 2 is fantastic, and the game-play we’ve seen looks intense. I was really looking forward to this one. However, after rumours were abound that it was cancelled, Bethesda Softworks addressed the situation and stated, “The delay is due to the fact that game development has not progressed satisfactorily this past year, and the game does not currently meet our quality standards. Prey 2 has shown great promise and we regret disappointing our fans. We have made a substantial investment in game development to deliver the experience fans want.” Despite this, a complete E3 no show is a surprise. I think the smart thing to do would have been to at least address the situation further. For now though, we’ll need to wait to hear how Prey 2 is coming on. Lets hope they don’t change it too much.
During the VGAs in 2011, Ubisoft showed off the latest edition to the Rainbow 6 franchise- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Patriots. The gameplay trailer was pre-rendered, and according to Ubisoft, “The video shows a pre-rendered version of what the final game might appear like, rather than what it actually looks like at the moment.” Still, it showed off the feel they’re going for, and it’s pretty gritty and bleak. To date we haven’t heard a peep from Ubisoft regarding Patriots, and I was incredibly surprised to not see it on show at E3. Even another trailer or teaser would have sufficed, but we got absolutely nothing. It’s slated for a 2013 release, but E3 2012 would have been the perfect time for showing it off. What happened?
Since its release Beyond Good and Evil has gained not only a cult following, but widespread critical acclaim. In 2008 Michel Ancel, lead designer of Beyond Good and Evil, stated that production on a sequel has been in the works for a year, though unapproved by Ubisoft. Shortly after that, a teaser trailer appeared online. Since then there’s been a few screens and videos leaked out, while the only word on the games development is that it’s still in development. However, on June 7th of this year, Ancel said that he plans to develop Beyond Good and Evil 2 for next generation consoles. Does this mean it’ll be re-started? Or perhaps this mean we’ll be getting a rather dated looking game once it’s released? Still, the fact that Ubisoft didn’t play up to the gaming communities interest in the franchise at E3 is confusing. It would have been in their interest to at least make an official statement on how development is going. Four years into development and not much to show for it. Lets hope they can pull it together, and reclaim the magic and wonder of the original. Good things come to those who wait, right?
Following the critical acclaim of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, designer Fumito Ueda is hoping to repeat that success with The Last Guardian, his latest title. The Last Guardian puts you in control of a young boy who must interact with Trico, a large Griffin-like creature. The nature of these interactions range from solving puzzles, progressing through locations, to just having fun. Much like the strong relationship the player had with Argo in Shadow of the Colossus, the relationship the player will have with Trico looks to be a compelling, defining aspect of the game. However, problems seem to have plagued its development, with the biggest problem being the departure of Ueda from Sony. While he allegedly still works on The Last Guardian through a freelance contract, it’s a another massive hiccup for the game that it didn’t need. Additionally, Sony have announced that Santa Monica studios have been brought in to also work on the title. It seems like they’re doing their very best to finish the game, though it’s complete omission from E3 has me baffled. In response to its no-show at E3, Sony stated it’s development is still going through some “technical difficulties”. Lets hope we see more of The Last Guardian soon, a game that I feel is incredibly promising.