This year’s edition of E3 saw a veritable arsenal of reveals and announcement from the stunning Ghost of Tsushima game play to Bethesda’s tantalizingly short trailer for Elder Scrolls 6. Yet, something was missing. Expectations are hard to manage when it comes to E3 given its role as the biggest event on the gaming calendar, but some big name games were simply nowhere to be found to the dismay of fans. Delays, alternative plans, or a tactical choice, the reasons vary greatly and all point to how volatile game development can be.
Here are five games missing from this year’s E3, which we fully expected to make an appearance.
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
With a firm release date set for autumn, and a steady stream of trailers and screenshots throughout the spring, it seemed inevitable Red Dead Redemption 2 would feature at E3. To the surprise of many, Rockstar opted not to deliver their customary trailer. As for why, no one knows, but with only a few months to wait, the developer can be forgiven for wanting to keep its cards close to its chest. The hype has already been blown well out of proportion suggesting Rockstar didn’t feel the need to stoke a fire showing no sign of going out anytime soon.
2. Star Fox Grand Prix
Last month’s leak teetered on the cusp of the believable though multiple sources late pointed towards Star Fox Grand Prix existing as a tangible, in development title. The leaks hint at a game well on the road to completion, so surely E3 would have been prime territory for an announcement. Understandably, many expected an all too appropriate reveal, but to no avail. Nintendo’s showcase was marked by no mention whatsoever of Star Fox Grand Prix. Once again, we are completely in the dark about this one so patience is the wisest course of action.
3. Final Fantasy VII Remake
After last year’s shock Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer, it was understandable to expect more details or, at the very least, a mention this time around. Though the conference hall seemed to echo with the raucous chants and clapping, echoes from the impact of last year’s reveal, nothing surfaced. This week, director Tetsuya Nomura revealed the remake was revealed too soon by his estimation. This may explain why a Remake-sized void in our lives wasn’t filled earlier this month. As things stand, the game is surely a long way off and we would be wise not to engage in fruitless speculation over whether the title is the latest victim of the dreaded development hell. Patience, it will be worth it in the end.
4. The Last Night
E3 2017’s indie sensation, the stunning Blade Runner-inspired post-cyberpunk pixel art platformer The Last Night was expected to appear this year. Developer Odd Tales seemingly opted to focus on finishing the game, which is due to release this year, and avoid being the center of another polemic following some select controversial tweets authored by head honcho Tim Soret.
5. Metroid Prime 4
Similarly to the Final Fantasy VII Remake, Metroid Prime 4 made an unexpected appearance last year, and fans rightly expected a morsel of details, maybe even some screenshots, this year. Though Nintendo’s showcase was an action-packed affair it seemed to lack a helping of gusto, something Metroid Prime 4, a notable absentee, could have unquestionably provided. For the time being, we remain in the dark surrounding what the game is set to offer. Fingers crossed for something more substantial in a year’s time.