E3 2014: What Games Were Missing and Why

There were some notable absences from this year's E3, so here's a quick rundown of what was missing and why.

Despite plenty of glimpses at games coming in 2015 and beyond at E3 this year, there were a number of games that we'd been expecting to hear more news about that were notably absent. Some are games that have been announced but have gone strangely dark, while others are games that we've been expecting news of for years, but still haven't heard anything about. Let's completely ignore the obvious two candidates that always come up in these conversations and focus on the games that actually have a chance of emerging at some point.

Fallout 4

This one was just wishful thinking really, because it has been pretty clear for a while that Bethesda isn't ready to say anything on the subject of Fallout 4 yet. Back in February, Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard told RockPaperShotgun, "We don't [have a time frame for our next game announcement]," before going on to confess, "I think it's gonna be a while." Howard said curiosity from fans about what Bethesda might make next comes as no surprise. "We've gotten fairly used to all the questions and curiosity over the years," he said. "Everyone wants information. Right now, we're just trying to figure out which of our ideas are going to stick and finding an appropriate time to talk about it."

So technically it wasn't missing from E3. It's just that we all wanted it, despite the fact that Bethesda is nowhere near ready to talk about it yet.

Final Fantasy XV

In an interview with Famitsu (translated here by Kotaku), Square Enix executive Shinji Hashimoto--who heads up the Final Fantasy brand for the Japanese publisher--said the game is progressing well, but E3 is not the right time to share new information about it.

"First, I just want to say that Final Fantasy XV's development is progressing favorably," Hashimoto said. "In the company, we're always trying to figure out the optimal timing to release new information to the fans. We decided that this year's E3 is not the most suitable time to release such information. Instead, we are preparing for an event after E3 to make new announcements." So, Tokyo Game Show then?

It also doesn't sound like Square Enix has plans to talk about Kingdom Hearts III anytime soon. "Right now, we are working hard on the game, and I think that we'd like some more time to make new announcements," Hashimoto said in the same interview.

Nintendo's Quality of Life Products

There was plenty of speculation before E3 that we'd see Nintendo focus a lot of energy on the "quality of life" and health products that had been mentioned earlier this year. "[Former Nintendo boss Hiroshi] Yamauchi was one to always say, 'Nintendo is a company for entertainment, and it shouldn't be for anything else,' and he didn't necessarily think that 'entertainment [equals] video games,'" Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata said in a recent interview with Diamond.jp. "Lately, the words 'QOL' [quality of life] have come up," he said. "Entertainment is there to improve people's quality of life. After your basic needs, there's entertainment. At the start of this year, I finally figured that improving people's quality of life with fun--with emphasis to the 'fun'--would be perfect for Nintendo."

These comments in April had fueled speculation that we'd see more products along the lines of Wii Fit U, or possibly even some kind of new hardware at E3 2014, but it turns out this wasn't the case. Why? Well, there haven't been any statements to this effect, but it's highly likely that Iwata's own health was an issue. "You won't be seeing Mr. Iwata at E3 next week. He's been instructed by his physician not to travel overseas in the immediate future, and so he will not be making the trip to Los Angeles," a representative said before E3. "Please understand that it is business as usual for Mr. Iwata, and he continues his normal duties as president of Nintendo Co. Ltd. while he remains in Japan. As always, he will be actively involved in all of Nintendo's activities at the show."

Quantum Break

The Xbox One-exclusive time-traveling multimedia extravaganza Quantum Break had its big coming-out party at E3 last year, but things have been pretty quiet since. Many of us assumed it would be central to Microsoft's showcase on June 9, but it was nowhere to be seen. It hasn't disappeared completely though. The team at Finland-based Remedy Entertainment is saying that it will instead offer hands-on time with the game at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, this August.

Bully 2 or Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar hasn't announced anything new since shipping Grand Theft Auto V in September 2013, and at E3 we finally got confirmation that the game would indeed be coming to the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as previously suspected. Earlier this year, Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick said during a post-earnings financial call that he is "very excited about what [Rockstar Games] have in store for next-gen systems."

I pretty much know the ones that I can assure you are permanent. It's obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality; it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise, again with the same caveat.

Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two Interactive CEO

As long ago as November 2011, Rockstar co-founder and vice president of creative Dan Houser told Gamasutra that the publisher may be returning to the critically well-received Bully following the release of Max Payne 3. Rockstar Vancouver, the main team behind that game, was also the primary studio behind Bully, and Houser said the developer has a similar affinity for both properties. Currently there have been no announcements as to what that studio is actually working on, but whatever it is, they've been doing it for nearly three years now. Surely we're about due for an announcement?

In May of this year, while speaking at the Cowen and Company analyst conference, Zelnick described the Red Dead brand as a "permanent" franchise that can sit alongside the likes of Grand Theft Auto or Borderlands. "I pretty much know the ones that I can assure you are permanent," he said. "It's obvious that GTA is a permanent franchise as long as we keep delivering this incredible quality; it seems quite obvious that Red Dead is a permanent franchise, again with the same caveat, or Borderlands, for example, and NBA and others," Zelnick added. "But not everything is going to be a permanent franchise. We can do very well even if it's not. I would like to see us grow with a couple more great franchises in the next couple years, and we're launching Evolve; we have very high hopes for that."

So, the bottom line? We very well may get both eventually. Just not yet.

Deep Down

Technically speaking, Deep Down wasn't actually "missing" from E3 2014, because Capcom released a short trailer for it during the event. The reason we're including the upcoming PS4-exclusive free-to-play game is that, based on reactions on Twitter, there was a perception that the game was being ignored.

A Deep Down beta was originally scheduled to begin close to the PS4's Japanese launch in February, but has now been delayed to sometime this summer. The release of the E3 trailer didn't bring any additional details about the beta--and, in fact, Capcom still isn't providing any indication as to when the final game will be released. "The development team continues to work hard engaging in intense trial and error methodology in order to find the best way to utilize PS4's potential when it comes to online games," said Capcom's Yoshinori Ono on the PlayStation Blog. "As such, I'm afraid I can't yet provide details on when the game will be released. I hope we can count on your patience and understanding as we forge ahead. Please accept my heartfelt apology for making you wait longer."

Telltale's Game of Thrones

Telltale's director of PR, Job J. Stauffer, tweeted about the game on June 7 in an effort to temper expectations for E3. The bottom line? They won't be talking about Game of Thrones until after Tales From the Borderlands kicks off.

Mad Max

Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios announced back in April that its upcoming car-combat game Mad Max, which it will be releasing through Warner Bros., has been delayed from 2014 to 2015. No specific month was given. Much of the focus of Warner Bros.' booth at E3 was on Batman: Arkham Knight, which has also been delayed to 2015, so it seems safe to assume that we won't be seeing Mad Max until well after Rocksteady's game. Seems we can expect the game to be a focus of E3 next year.

Beyond Good & Evil 2

According to chief operating officer Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft hasn't forgotten about Beyond Good & Evil 2, but it might be a while before we see any confirmation that it's actually going to release anything. "We are not going to stop those properties," Guillemot told IGN in an interview, speaking of both Beyond Good & Evil and Prince of Persia. "We are going to work on them. The teams are really looking at what we can come [up] with. I think you will really like what you see in the future. It could take some time to make sure we are really delivering what we want."

Some news leading up to E3 gave us hope that Ubisoft might reveal more details, but ultimately, the information did little more than fuel rumors. In April, Beyond Good & Evil 2 creative director Michel Ancel revealed new concept art of Jade, the main character from the original game. Quite why he chose to do this is unclear, though it may simply have been to gauge reaction and ascertain whether gamers still have an appetite for the cult classic.

Visceral Games' Star Wars Game

Given that Star Wars: Battlefront was confirmed last year, and we're still not going to see anything concrete on that until spring 2015, it seems overly optimistic to expect anything on Electronic Arts studio Visceral Games' upcoming Star Wars adventure. The new game is being headed up by former Naughty Dog creative director Amy Hennig, and is rumored to be an open-world game, though EA has yet to provide any specific details.

EA and Star Wars franchise owner Disney signed a 10-year, multi-title deal last year that makes the Mass Effect publisher the exclusive creator of new Star Wars games, so there will be plenty of Star Wars games at future E3 events, no doubt.

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JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Thanks for emailing me to tell me the latest news about FF15 is that there is no new news about FF15... Worthwhile.

und3c1ph3r3d
und3c1ph3r3d

No Maximo 3 or Dark Cloud 3; no Ghosthunter sequel; no Shadow Hearts remake; yeah, this year sucks. So did last year. And the year before.

...

Now I'm sad.

Floymin
Floymin

Star Wars Battlefront an open-world game? With the Star Wars universe (literally) taking place on several planets, as well as in space... very VERY doubtful. Trying to create a multi-world MMO with the kind of graphics people are going to be expecting from the next generation of consoles will end up causing Saints Row level glitches!

noctiscae1um
noctiscae1um

A Red Dead Redemption 2 would be nice, perhaps carry on after the events of RDR, as I did enjoy the game and the story of it was amazing


For christ sake Square Enix stop announcing games 6 months ear-.... No, 6 YEARS early before release.  I understand you're still polishing the game up and etc. but if you say a game is going to be released on that day?  Try to make it come out around that day, whatever it is you're doing, I hope the combat isn't changed because it's fine as it is after seeing gameplay of it.  FFXV might be out when, oh I don't know, Playstation 15(No pun intended) and Xbox 3 come out(Again, no pun intended), whatever it is you guys are doing, it better be worth the wait.

watchdogsrules
watchdogsrules

I really hope they dont make a game of thrones game

watchdogsrules
watchdogsrules

i dont think they are going to make or announce red dead redemption 2 for a while and i'm also surprised that the new mad max game didn't make an appearance or at least a trailer at E3 this year 

flashn00b
flashn00b

I think i have a reasonable assumption as to why we haven't seen Fallout 4 and Final Fantasy XV


November 2013: Bethesda trademarked "Void Engine Powered by Id Tech". My accumption is that they're trying to adapt id Tech 5 to better suit Bethesda Softworks' uses, so we won't see anything until the Void Engine is at a presentable state.


As for Final Fantasy XV, Square-Enix said a year ago that they they're undecided on a PC version. May 27, 2014: Square-Enix released a PC port of Final Fantasy III, and i assume that they did this because they wanted to test the waters of PC gaming to see if FFXV on PC is worth their time and money.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'd say Red Dead is the only one on this list I'm disappointed wasn't mentioned. That being said, are Rockstar the type of developers to announce a new game at a shared event along with all the other minutia that the industry provides?

Yeah I'm disappointed The Last Guardian wasn't present, but let's be serious. But I'm genuinely let down by the lack of God of War news. I know the series is 50% prequels, but after the letdown of The Lords of Shadow 2 I'm in need for some decent mythical slashing action.

Dannerfjord
Dannerfjord

If there was ever a time to announce RDR for PC and Remastered for PS4 its now, just a much as it would be awesome to see RDR2. Already drooling.

meowstan
meowstan

Where was the new Half Life there was SO much speculation that this would be the year for Valve to announce the sequel. I mean people say that every year but come on, episode 2 was such a cliffhanger why drag out the sequel for so long.

And yes...where was quantum break? It was such a huge reveal at E3 2013 and I haven't heard crap since?

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

WHERE IN THE BLUE HELL WAS BLOODY ROAR 5 SONY?!?!  I CAN'T HOLD BACK ALL THESE TEARS

t-16
t-16

Jedi Knight 4!!!!

gamersince78
gamersince78

Yell it with me people....BAD COMPANY 3 ...DAMMIT!!!! Enough of this subpar battlefield / cod crap.


Please BF BC 3!!!!!!


Whose with me!


(starts a slow clap)

vadagar1
vadagar1

2014 the year when pretty much all games sucked BALLS 


handful of games made it through this year

vadagar1
vadagar1

if anyone makes a game about GOT universe and F**Ks it up I will hunt them down like the dogs that they are ....


this is a promise not a threat

amillionhp
amillionhp

My guess is The Last Guardian being one of the "Two obvious candidates", what would be the other one?

rolla020980
rolla020980

Street Sweeper Simulator 2... WHY WASN'T THIS AT E3?!?!?!?!?!?

owemby
owemby

I would have appreciated it more if they didn't combine Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3 in the same category. I have been a fan of both franchise but i was really taken up by Kingdom Hearts during the ps2 days. When they released KH1 I definitely wanted to have more and waited anxiously for KH2. When I played KH2(2005) I unlocked the secret ending showing KHBBS... but at that point Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep was non existent no announcement bout it was mentioned so... I assumed the trailer was for Kingdom Hearts 3. Specially since it was safe to assume since they jumped from 1 to 2 directly why not 2 to 3 right? wrong after that we get some sub story's in the form of ReChain of Memories 358/2, BBS, Dream Drop Distance, etc...im not saying their not good cause they are but the point is this... I waited almost 9 years to see that logo of Kingdom Hearts 3... 9 years...and giving more info to it in your article would have given me a smile at night... rather than having some sort of foot note...oh well...

rolla020980
rolla020980

What about Bioshock? Granted Infinite has only been out for a year, but they need a next-gen Bioshock.


parkurtommo
parkurtommo

Yesss We really need another Red Dead game. RDR is still one of my favorite games of all time just because of that atmosphere and sense of freedom. Just hope that they can keep that feeling while also bringing new stuff to the table.

sbickle99
sbickle99

2014 looking more and more like a lost year for games.


Watch Dogs was a big disappointment and every other big game is being put off until at least 2015.

Imperiusmax
Imperiusmax

As long as EA makes good star wars game I for one am willing to forgive and forget. Hell they will be my my fav company even.

Vojtass
Vojtass

Cyberpunk 2077. That is all.

maxguevera
maxguevera

You do realise RockStar don't announce new games at E3 right.

thatdudecangame
thatdudecangame

Bully 2 needs to happen! hopefully Rockstar will focus on it at some point within the next year!

prats93
prats93

Rockstar are simply too good for E3.

robertcain
robertcain

Even though there were some concept videos shown, I'd count Battlefront 3 and Mirror's Edge 2 as missing, because despite having a year to progress on the game, EA didn't show a bit of gameplay. Instead they put too much focus on Battlefield Hardline which really should have been DLC rather than a full game.

sakaixx
sakaixx

tales of zestiria on ps3, considering tales of xillia did really well in america I expect some news of zestiria's development

robertcain
robertcain

Half Life 3? At this point I guess most have given up on ever seeing that game at E3

karaku32
karaku32

@Floymin Re-read that bit please, it says that Viscerals new unannounced IP is rumored to be open world, not Battlefront which is being done by DICE.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

@noctiscae1um I hope that even if they do pick up with Jack Marsten, they have it take place 10 years or so later and cast a new voice actor. James was so awesome, that having to play as kind of a whiney voiced young adult in the endgame was a bit of letdown.

kane6911
kane6911

@tauriqm just stop it they failed at this game and you will never see it 


Ice_Hot
Ice_Hot

@amillionhp Hover over the words in the article to see the links. One candidate is The Last Guardian and the other is Half-Life 3.

Mandrake42
Mandrake42

@SteXmaN The team who do Just Cause, Avalanche, are currently working on Mad Max. Maybe when that is finished they will start a new Just Cause game?

rolla020980
rolla020980

@owemby 

Not a big fan... their last 4 FF games were just awful. They are milking the series now. Don't hold out too much hope for 15. 

meowstan
meowstan

Agreed I mean I enjoyed watch dogs but it wasn't as great as all the hype. I was really looking forward to Dying Light and...delayed!

2015 def looks more promising that the remainder of this year except for Evolve I'm not overly amped about much.

rupti
rupti

@Vojtass I doubt we'll get anything on that before W3 hits the shelves

rolla020980
rolla020980

@deathblow3 

I didn't know that... why is everyone going indie?

Vojtass
Vojtass

@rupti I know that, I heard interview with Adam Kiciński, CDPR CEO - he said, that marketing team is focused exclusively on Geralt's adventures and it will stay that way now and for few months after release of TW3. But I still want to know more about CP2077.

digigamerx
digigamerx

@rupti  I was just about to say the same thing but you beat me to it:)