E3 2011: Missing in Action

Have you seen us? Find out which games were conspicuously absent from this year's show.

As you could probably tell from our coverage, E3 2011 is a packed event, but because of politics, extra development time, or just plain bad timing, some high-profile games aren't in the mix at this year's show. And while there are plenty of other games to hold our attention during the course of the week, the GameSpot staff members couldn't help but feel a little disappointed--perhaps even downright depressed--that they couldn't get their hands on the games below.

The Last Guardian

Team Ico's third game would have assuredly drawn massive crowds and was undoubtedly one of the biggest offerings missing from this year's show. After all, many are wondering just how the young boy and his bird-dog-eagle interact with each other to traverse through environments that bear a strong resemblance to those featured in Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. But news of a delay set in motion its inevitable disappearance from the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center, which made us collectively curl into the fetal position and begin crying.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

Is it happening or isn't it? Back in February, Ubisoft insisted that the follow-up to its critically acclaimed action adventure game was still in the works, but we have a feeling this game will be on every E3 Missing in Action list for years to come. Still, we're not giving up hope and that's why the teaser trailer from 2008 is playing on endless loop in a computer in the corner of the booth. Next year can we get maybe a screenshot or two, Ubisoft?

Final Fantasy Versus XIII

In all fairness to Square Enix, it probably would've been a bad idea to trot out the action-focused Final Fantasy game at this year's E3 because Final Fantasy XIII-2 is here at the show, and it's actually playable. Tetsuya Nomura (of Kingdom Hearts fame) has a huge following of people eager to see his contribution to the Final Fantasy universe, but he's been pretty quiet about the project for nearly a year.

Metal Gear Solid Rising

The Metal Gear side story featuring the hero of Metal Gear Solid 2 and the crazy cyber ninja of Metal Gear Solid 4 was nowhere to be found at this year's show. Of course, Hideo Kojima mentioned the game during Konami's pre-E3 press briefing and that work was progressing, but it's a little disconcerting that the game has been in the works for nearly two years and Konami still doesn't feel confident enough to show a proper playable demo. Thankfully, we had some enhanced Metal Gear games and a 3DS port of Snake Eater to tide us over in the meantime.

Respawn's Game

The development house built by the former heads of Infinity Ward had nothing to show off at this year's E3. Perhaps there's still some sensitivity surrounding the legal issues involved or it's just not quite ready for a public unveiling. But in either case, we're very curious to see what it has been working on even with the approximately 10 bajillion other shooters here at E3 2011.

Destiny

The house that built Halo didn't have anything to show of its game, which is rumored to be a first-person shooter massively multiplayer online game code-named Destiny. Admittedly, it's not too surprising because these MMO things are generally massive (see what we did there?) undertakings, but we're guessing next year's show will bring a proper teaser, if not a full reveal.

Devil's Third

The first game from Tomonobu Itagaki since his departure from Tecmo and Team Ninja is still lurking in the shadows, but the master ninja himself was at the show to answer some questions about his upcoming, over-the-top action game and his new studio. Be sure to keep an eye out for our full interview.

I Am Alive

Much like another Ubisoft game that starts with a "Beyond" and ends with "Good and Evil 2," I Am Alive seems to be stuck in some limbo where it's still on the development schedule but it never shows at E3. There's always next year for the natural disaster-themed game, we suppose.

Max Payne 3

Rockstar teased us with new screenshots of the once-thought canceled game just a few weeks before E3, yet there's no sign of Max and his new hobo persona anywhere. This isn't exactly inspiring confidence in the third game of the formally noir series, but we're willing to give the development team the benefit of the doubt.

DmC

So, here's the deal with the new Devil May Cry from Ninja Theory (developers of Enslaved and Heavenly Sword). Capcom released a new trailer, showing off Dante's updated look, as well as some of his new weapons and abilities. By the way, if you look closely enough at the trailer, you'll see that Dante sports white hair when it appears that he goes into a devil-trigger-like state. Is this a concession to fans of the series that demanded Dante be turned back into his old self? Perhaps; but at any rate, the game is nowhere to be found on the show floor.

Sorcery

One of the most impressive PlayStation Move games revealed at last year's E3 was Sorcery--an obvious Harry Potter-inspired, magic-infused action game. Sadly, this one isn't at the show either, but we still hope that it's coming in some form or another because it seemed like it might offer an ideal use of the Move's capabilities.

Agent

Rockstar confirmed weeks ago that its super-top-secret action game--revealed in 2007--was still in development exclusively for the PlayStation 3. At this point, we're not really disappointed that it wasn't here because the project has been shrouded in secrecy for the past few years, but we could've used a screenshot to help spark our interest.

Steel Battalion

It's true that Microsoft already has plenty of Kinect games on display, but funnily enough, the one we were most curious about belonged to a third-party publisher. Steel Battalion had an absolutely ridiculous control setup, and it completely boggles the mind how Capcom plans to adapt that system for a peripheral that uses no buttons. Maybe we'll see you at Gamescom, Steel Battalion.

Tekken X Street Fighter

This might be a little confusing but let us explain: Street Fighter X Tekken--the game in development at Capcom--is at E3 2011 and is, in fact, one of the several major games in Capcom's booth. Tekken X Street Fighter is the version of the fighting game in development at Namco, and we saw some early character models at last year's Gamescom, but next to nothing about the game was revealed this week. In fact, much of the emphasis was placed on the traditional Tekken games that are in development for multiple platforms, including the Nintendo 3DS.

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639 comments
jsmoke03
jsmoke03

dude i totally forgot about the agent there. glad to know they are still working on it...

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

C'mon Valve, we want Half-Life 3, not DOTA!!!

JamesCodelius
JamesCodelius

I won't deny that I was really hoping to see something about I Am Alive and MGS: Rising, but I think I speak for many people when I say, WHERE IS HALF-LIFE 2: EPISODE 3? I can put up with waiting a year or two for an awesome sequel, but four years now? I mean you're really kicking me in the crotch Valve. P.S. Thanks for Portal 2 though, that was pretty nice. :P

Jimbowesker
Jimbowesker

Disappointed bout Max Payne 3 & MGS Rising being absent. Really looking forward to those two.

ziadpayne
ziadpayne

Max Payne changed my life with its beautiful sad storry

Pyredine
Pyredine

To anyone who said Diablo 3 was missing. Blizzard long ago gave up on E3 and decided not to go to any of the shows which is why they didn't bother putting it on the list because they knew it wouldn't be there. Blizzard instead holds its own show (Blizzcon) instead of going to E3.

tonyf55
tonyf55

@ecs33 Thats the "Guardian" from The Last Guadian

the22for4
the22for4

i think that beyond good and evil 2 will be in PS4 or the new Xbox or i guess the after of I7 processor or i dont know maybe (Wii all the world) lol SO COME ON I NEED TO SEE THIS GAME and for FFXIII Verses i think PS infinite anyway i hope to see this games before i leave this live :(

keyblade42
keyblade42

I really would have liked to see Last Guardian and Rising. Also, Versus XIII would have been nice too because then we would have seen how far away Nomura is from STARTING work on Kingdom Hearts III.

Taix34
Taix34

New KH Would be Really nice :

hella_epic
hella_epic

where the hell r the sleeping giants like doom 4 nd half-life episode 3 nd diablo 3

El_Esbirro
El_Esbirro

ajaajajaj...that's right where the heck is "This is Vegas"???!!

AHarmlessMouse
AHarmlessMouse

Diablo 3. I remember talking with a friend LAST SUMMER about it being released soon. HURRY UP BLIZZARD

ecs33
ecs33

Diablo III? And WTH is that creature in the headline pic? An emu?

Omgwtflolzz
Omgwtflolzz

well DMC5 is at the top of my radar.

holtrocks
holtrocks

O and i want Star Wars Republic Commando 2! That is one really underrated game gamespot

holtrocks
holtrocks

Only thing i was interested in was Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3

jam3zito
jam3zito

man i was hoping for some info on GTA V like we were told im guessing it will be out next E3 as for bully 2 i really hope they make it, but come on its been like 5 years waiting Rockstar if you want SERIOUS money start work on these games!!

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

I would add GTA V, Bully 2, and Shenmue 3 to the list. Now I know Shenmue 3 is a just a dream and the creator really does want to make it but can't get funding, but it would still have been nice to hear its name at E3. As for GTA V, we all know its being made so some info would have been nice, plus Bully 2 has been talked about by Rockstar so info on that series would have been nice as well.

Bimbo83
Bimbo83

This is vegas???????????????????????

Nwalker855
Nwalker855

Tekken X Street Fighter hasn't even started development yet. They're working on Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (which, by the way, really WAS conspicuously absent) and TxSF won't even be out before 2013. Edit: Not that Gamespot has been covering anything about either one of those games.

StumpyTheElf
StumpyTheElf

I love how they leave out Guild Wars 2 even though it's going to be epic.

wills_b
wills_b

@thenephariouson Oh no dude I right there with you, loved all the subtle hints in HL2, Portal and Portal 2 just time for some concrete info already! HL2 is my favourite game, combined with portal my favourite franchise, absolutely love them, but can't believe HL2 is now 7 years old, and all we have seen are two fairly short (but good) expansions, L4D1 & 2 (again good, but I am very much more into story), and the portal (great, but short). Considering how much money they must have made from L4D and portal, and all the money they skim off steam, that's not a huge amount for a studio that size IMHO. Consider that Ubisoft Montreal have churned out three amazing Assassins Creed games in 3 years, with a fourth on the way, and I don't understand why we haven't played episodes 3, 4 and 5 yet.

risseer23
risseer23

We should hear about Last Guardian at TGS,I would like to know what's going on with Agent.Rockstar needs to get on the ball..a new GTA will make them money but they need another great IP.

TBoneTony
TBoneTony

I wanted to see if Gal Gun was going to be released into English on the XBox360

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@BLACKWINGS17 Yes indeed but it's slightly worrying how little news there's been about versus

BlueShark1
BlueShark1

Jumpgate Evolution (PC), Stronghold 3 (PC), Lucius (PC).

Drakillion
Drakillion

I know this is wishful thinking but no Dark Cloud 3? :(

dipdish
dipdish

Any news from the new MP game would be good.

pizzamanopenup
pizzamanopenup

I think it's kinda funny, because the stuff on this list was what I looked forward to most this year...

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

also no news on Western Released date on that Fire Emblem for DS where you make your own unit.

BLACKWINGS17
BLACKWINGS17

This E3 was rather underwhelming. There wasn't any major announcements (outside of Nintendo), and all of the participating games were games that have already been heavily exposed prior to the event. Final Fantasy XIII Deux just seems like a "straw-man" game to keep our attention off of a game that actually matters - Versus XIII.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

the milk box reminds me of the eminem video where he says "Dr. Dre's dead he's locked in ma basement"

littleghostie
littleghostie

Yeah @sirltonjohn, Some Half-Life would have been nice. Maybe valve has forgotten about it?

Iffy350
Iffy350

No Mechwarriors? What the heck Harmony!

threedown
threedown

the last guardian, i am alive and agent! definately waiting to hear/see more about these games!

a123sdII
a123sdII

Soooo... Where was Kingdom Hearts 3D? They promised that it would be here! I'm going to go and curl up in a corner now.

3leggedbug111
3leggedbug111

GTA 5? and at least a little mention of TWEWY 2